reviews

smallfish

April 2003
The duo of Richard Barrett and Paul Obermayer are FURT, and this four-track CD of recordings made between 1997 and 2000 is extremely heavy-going at times. Dark sound manipulation, collage, samples and extreme electronics create a disturbing and heady sound. Snatches of dialogue from The Great Dictator only add to the immense sense of menace.

Chris Blackford, Rubberneck

2003
Their angel is an ambitious work. ...like a digital updating of classic 60s electroacoustic composition... the care taken over the acoustics... the gradual blurring of electronic and acoustic, and the dreamlike way in which motifs drift and re-emerge in unexpected configurations, right up to the ambivalent and disturbing coda... FURT’s anti-minimalist approach is paradoxically refreshing these days...and their delight in the sensuous possibilities of electronic sound is infectious.

Evan Parker

2002
FURT is the outstanding electro-acoustic group at the leading edge of this music. The level of understanding that exists between the two in performance produces sensational music.

CODA magazine

2002
I was fascinated. ...harsh collages of sped-up samples, a fine spray of sonic shrapnel which they delivered to their own mysterious internal rhythm...

Philip Clark, The Wire

2001
...the bleak industrial electronic sounds Nono explored ... have rubbed off on Barrett and Obermayer. angel oozes with similar surface ugliness and an ingrained, exultant pessimism... the constant changes of direction heard here build considerable impact and have gruesome dramatic power.

Ben Watson

2000
...FURT are special... Cavernous echo and abrupt pips, scrunches and blurts suggest malfunctioning equipment in a decaying warehouse... gestures and responses are measured by the playing body rather than bar-line or stop-clock.

Matt Ffytche, The Wire

1998
It’s impossible to do justice to FURT’s sparkling, impulsive cutup that strains and slumps between high modernist angularity and visceral mud... a rollercoaster apotheosis and pulverisation of bourgeois sentiment.

Ben Watson, Hi-Fi News

1995
...an excitement with the clarity of digital samples which is almost erogenous.

Ben Watson, The Wire

1993
...like some fantastic new improvised rock music, all hard-edges and astonishing timbres... models of velocity and structure. FURT contain the genuine promise of musical production beyond the pop-classical divide.

Nick Couldry, LMC Newsletter

1992
...crazed laboratory scientists or bureaucrats of sound? ...the music flows like lava.

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