Sometimes The Fur is an unusual band name. But if you were to stop and hit the play button, you would know why. As stated, they are independent noise artists. This collage of reckoning musical espionage has hit the nail on the head, with swirled involvement in theatre and now a multimedia educational project. If you are intrigued by the anonymous factors that play a part in musicianship, with ambient unsettling qualities that somehow render you as serene, then their album Into Hands has to be calling out your name. This album came to life in the process of sound collection during January 2012 to 2013 and if you happen to live within the Saratoga Springs area in New York, these sounds may seem familiar. From train stations to sledding in the park, this is highly man-made and nature based as a balanced coin settling an argument type of deal.
At times when "A Train in the Snow," plays, an out of tune violin seems to be making it's way across the wet snow tracks of a barely used train station. With the various conversations that are skating about the loop of tape that has been layered over the echoes of noise and that inevitably becomes the music, and which eerily creeps in to take hold. Along with the footsteps, crunching snow acts as a type of slow action maraca. It never ceases to amaze me what ideas or creations can become a musical sound. Sometimes The Fur makes you come to terms with the process that ambient noise is all around us. We can turn anything into a symphony of chaotic appeal, if we want to. Taken into the hands of a possible mad genius, or just someone with intent hearing and wonderful crafting skills, Into Hands is not a background soundtrack. This is an everyday, in your visceral range outlook of beautiful prose.
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