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Fiium Shaarrk - Rudi Fischerlehner, Isambard Khroustaliov, Maurizio Ravalico

Fiium Shaarrk

Isambard Khroustaliov - computer, Maurizio Ravalico - percussion, Rudi Fischerlehner - drums

A truly innovative trio.
Verity Sharp, BBC Late Junction

Exploding upwards and outwards into new corners of noise... Exhilarating!
The Wire

Earnest, mesmerising and oddly hypnotic.
Tom Banham, Jocks and Nerds

In 2013, five years on from their debut album "No Fiction Now!", Fiium Shaarrk released their second album, “We Are Astonishingly Lifelike”. The album documents various stages in the life of this continent-scattered ensemble, and was written and recorded in different studios between Berlin, London and various other European cities that have hosted the band for festivals and concerts. 


On the release of their first album, “No Fiction Now!”, the group were described as sounding “like famished animals whipped onwards by drum and hi-hat, processed electronically but gripping onto materiality by their fingernails” (The Wire), and provoking the sensation of being “essentially blind in a fighting circle of beats” (DIY magazine). With “We Are Astonishingly Lifelike”, Fiium Shaarrk expand on these attributes across 7 compositions, each of which explores a different facet of the group’s vocabulary.

As Neil Bennun alludes, in his liner notes for the album, there is a sense in which the results are perhaps best described as a kind of sonic architecture. To quote: “... the music erects its own interior, and we can walk inside to inspect it. It is a modernist edifice decorated with quadruple-time bass drums and ride cymbals and metallic percussion; the skirting boards, carpet and underlay are digital. We have a very disciplined gale of percussion, sub and inscrutable arpeggios. Finally, the source tones peek through. It’s horns, or piano, or glass, or vibraphone. Or none of these.” 


The metaphor is further alluded to by the cover artwork, where Fiium Shaarrk articulate a sense in which they are perhaps best comprehended as storytellers in a palace of electroacoustic music, able to pick out and elaborate both micro and macro musical scales at will, whilst tracing paths that fuse, amongst others, the footprints of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Edgard Varese and Luciano Berio with reflections of Batucada, Dub, Post-Rock and Drum’n’Bass. “We Are Astonishingly Lifelike” renders an improbable symphony of influences into a uniquely compelling odyssey.

Discography

2012 No Fiction Now!, Not Applicable, CD bandcamp

2015 The Great Swimming Pool of Liberation & Bogan Sunrise, CD-Single

2017 We Are Astonishingly Lifelike, Not Applicable, CD bandcamp

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