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Yet another side project from a key member of Godspeed You Black Emperor! (guitarist Roger Tellier-Craig is the leader of this loosely constructed group), Fly Pan Am's first two albums sounded basically like demos and instrumental outtakes; they were often interesting, but usually terribly slight. N'Écoutez Pas, despite its self-deprecating Francophone title, is Fly Pan Am's first fully formed release, and it stands with the best work of Tellier-Craig's other band. Though at times the album's blend of found-sound tape manipulations, deadpan French vocals, wayward guitar freakouts, and droning, deliberately repetitive rhythms sounds like a collision between very early Stereolab and Sonic Youth at their most self-consciously avant, the album's two centerpiece tracks, "Autant Zig-Zag" and "Tres Tres 'Retro'," are masterpieces of tightly wound rhythms and seemingly impossible layers of processed, distorted, and lovingly screwed-with guitars. If My Bloody Valentine had gotten it together enough to record a follow-up to Loveless, it would have sounded like this.


Formed: 1999

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Montreal-based quartet Fly Pan Am is the main project of Godspeed You Black Emperor's guitarist Roger Tellier-Craig. While both of these groups deal in complex, musique concrete-influenced instrumental pieces, Fly Pan Am pursues a more restrained, minimalist musical vision. The group's split seven-inch with Godspeed You Black Emperor, L'Espace Au Sol Est Redessine Par Des Immenses Panneaux Bleus/Sunshine + Gasoline, preceded their 1999 self-titled full-length debut, which was released on Constellation...
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