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FREIBAND - Spaarzaam

Format: mCD-R
Label & Cat.Number: My Own Little Label MOLL 001
Release Year: 2007
Note: first release on a new label by FRANS DE WAARD; non-jewel-case cover
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"The ever-active Frans de Waard has started a new label, which goes by the name of 'Moll'. 'Moll' not only means 'minor key' in Dutch, but, standing for 'My Own Little Label', it is also a highly sympathetic tongue-in-cheek commentary on DIY-creativity. 'Moll' is releasing CD-Rs, featuring music by Frans de Waard's diverse projects and cover artwork by Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek).
The first entry in the catalogue came as a surprise to me, as it finds Freiband taking a direction which I had not encountered before in his work. As it can be learned from the label's website, this recently recorded 17-minute piece is a remix of "Dagpauwoog, the local sad song trio which stopped their activities." Incorporating sparse, looped vocals, a simple melody on the guitar and a basic drum pattern into his signature drone style, Freiband adds an unexpected, pop-fueled emotional character to his music. One might justly object that the melancholic potential of digital drone music has been explored extensively in recent years. But after all the music on 'Spaarzam' is sweet and moody, especially the second part, which embeds the original instrumentation in restrained drones." [Magnus Schfer]