Fleurety – “Fragmenta Cuinsvis Aetatis Contemporaneae” EP (Aesthetic Death)
I don’t normally review singles but in the case of Norwegian avant-garde legends Fleurety I’d gladly make an exception! Formed in the early days of 1991 by founders Svein Egil Hatlevik (drums, synthesizer, vocals) and Alexander Nordgaren (bass, guitar, vocals), the duo initially played black metal but in 1995 released their mind blowing “Min Tid Skal Komme” which saw them mix in psychedelic, folk and atmospherics to become one of the first avant-garde bands on the scene. Later, they progressively moved away from metal to incorporate jazz and electronics before seemingly disappearing around the turn of the century. However, in 2009, Fleurety resurfaced with a string of limited edition 7″ EPs only available on vinyl, bringing us to the 4th in the series “Fragmenta Cuinsvis Aetatis Contemporaneae”. Consisting of 2 instrumental tracks, ‘Consensus’ and ‘Carnal Nations’, they both draw heavily from the band’s past, now brought together in a modern sound. ‘Consensus’ is anything that its title suggests, being a cacophonous opening of wild percussion overlaid by a clanging guitar melody soon giving rise to some slow ultra raw guitar and grinding primordial bass before moving into a more tranquil electronic piece with piano tones eventually building to a synth psych faze out. There is also an undertone of noise in the background throughout the purpose of which remains a mystery. ‘Carnal Nations’ is equally contradictory to its title, opening ambiently with soothing melancholic guitar and synth tones along with raw bass brooding in the back ground. Tribal keys then get added along with increasingly heavy percussion to become a myriad of chaotic sounds yet strangely all making sense as they continue trance like until the sudden cut off ending – brilliant! No vocals throughout but with all the elements going on here I really didn’t miss them anyway. Still on the same label – Aesthetic Death – as almost throughout their history, the rumor mill is abound of a new album that is sure to challenge all those claiming to be ‘eclectic’ from one of the most boundary pushing non conformists on the face of the planet.