Frontera 2 X LP

Fly Pan Am


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Release Date – 21st May 2021


180g LP pressed at Optimal includes DL & artworked inner & 12”x36” fold-out art insertof production stills from the dance piece. Soundtrack to the acclaimed multi-media dance work by Animals Of Distinction.

Fly Pan Am have composed some of their most direct, visceral and immediately satisfying music for the acclaimed modern dance piece
FRONTERA, by Montréal-based troupe Animals Of Distinction. Juxtaposing stern foreboding electronics and minimalist motoric avantrock, the Frontera studio album superbly captures the bristling, sculpted, intensely evocative instrumental pieces the band developed in
close conception and collaboration with the dancers. As the Frontera recordings demonstrate, this music also works powerfully and
exceptionally well on its own: oscillating between tension and release; evoking open, anxious interzones and closed, claustrophobic
spaces; conveying an overarching landscape of forbidden access, foreclosed movement, and the unfathomable multiplicities of trauma
and resilience that occur under our dehumanising international apparatuses of inadmissibility and control. “Grid/Wall”, “Fences” and
“Parkour” combine electronics and spartan four-piece avantrock that set bodies in alternately furtive and laboured motion. The pulsing
synthetics and noise textures of the more overtly technetronic “Scanner”, “Scaling”, “Body Pressure” and “Frontier” pin bodies down,
whether hiding in corners, crawling for cover, or exposed to the searchlights. Field recordings contributed by David Bryant (Godspeed
You! Black Emperor, Hiss Tracts, Set Fire To Flames) comprise some of the raw material here too. The Frontera album tracks faithfully
to the narrative of the original work, where eight movements (featuring a company of 10 dancers) flow from controlled chaos and tensely
choreographed kinetics to slow, wrenchingly austere set pieces. This tremendous multimedia performance—framed by the stark and
peerless lighting design of United Visual Artists—is a discerning and deeply affecting meditation on borders and surveillance, resistance
and separation, solidarity and cooperation; bodies blocked and restrained, monitored and pursued, hiding and escaping, yearning and
overcoming. After touring as the live band for the FRONTERA dance production into early 2020, the pandemic brought further
performance dates to an abrupt halt (along with Fly Pan Am’s own scheduled UK/EU tours, in support of their terrific 2019 comeback
album C’est ça). But during an easing of lockdown restrictions in late summer, the band was able to convene with Constellation’s go-to
producer Radwan Moumneh at the storied Hotel2Tango in Montréal to put this soundtrack to tape. We’re thrilled to present the
soundtrack recording for one of the most moving multi-media works we witnessed last year. Tracklist 01 Grid / Wall 02 Parkour 03
Scanner 04 Scaling 05 Parkour 2 06 Body Pressure 07 Fences 08 Frontier