Artist: Fine Cut Bodies
Release: Do Beetles Dream Of Hedgehogs
Label: Addictech Records
Catalog # ADDICTECH058
released May 13, 2013
Fine Cut Bodies (a.k.a. Attila Fodor or simply Kevin) is one of those producers who eschews singular genre devotion, preferring to explore myriad realms of sound and style wherever they may lead. The results of Kevin's journey into glitchy, psychedelic, pop-scented, experimental, broken beat electronica hit on a cinematic, steampunk-ish aesthetic that is highly evocative. The latest single from the Hungarian knob twiddler, label owner, and Burning Man veteran, Do Beetles Dream of Hedgehogs? is a case in point. While listening to this single, one can practically see the movement of the dancers or the evolution of the scenes as they unfold.
The a-side "Hedgehog Universe" takes a sluggish, dubstep-like beat, glommed with a futuristic sheen and crackling scrapes, and fleshed it out with foreboding strings, a brisk horror movie lead, and snarling bass. This gives way to a zipping, midrange moan and steel come djembe drums, and by the mid-way point, the string melody turns more of a fantasy movie theme, sent off-kilter when a demented, circus-like tubular bells comes in.
Things only get more twisted on the b-side, which starts with slapstick claps, droning strings, brushed drums, and an upright bass swarming a dramatic piano lead. As this base is stripped down to the upright bass and scraped strings a couple minutes in, the bandoneon makes its first appearance, followed by a bit of Latin guitar. The bandoneon is the signature instrument of Argentinian tango, imbued with a sexy yet rather creepy tone, hence its heavy employ in the film 12 Monkeys. The feel here is like more futuristic and fine-tuned Gotan Project, taking similar influences but expanding on their relationship, creating something more satisfying on an electronic level and less derivative of canonized world music. It's really something.