Idea Fire Company’s latest effort comes courtesy of Sean McCann’s budding label Recital Program. Karla Borecky (whose excellent album, Still In Your Pocket, I wrote up last year) and Scott Foust make music fit for setting sail straight in to a typhoon. The piano is rife with dischord and it wistfully sways in a forlorn breeze. There’s dread soaking in Idea Fire Company’s Lost at Sea. The synopsis even places you in a cruise ship setting out for a night journey. Idea Fire Company, as always, remains in the wings of the avant-garde and takes their music beyond the boundaries of the norm. “Lost at Sea I,” the intro, is almost hilarious to listen to as Foust’s trumpet blares and lashes out against the serene cadence of Borecky’s piano melody – maintaining the same tempo and only changing gradually and ever so slightly as time presses onward. Foust can’t break Borecky’s state of meditation. I won’t talk about the rest of the album – I’ll let you hear what’s in store. Listen to Lost at Sea via the Spotify player below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Recital is joyed to bring to you the new Idea Fire Company album, Lost at Sea.

Lost At Sea imagines the Idea Fire Company as the bar band on a small cruise ship. There are approximately 40 passengers aboard. Around 2/3 of them are in the lounge for the nightly IFCO performance. Most of them seem more interested in drink than in music. The ship has become lost and seems to be endlessly circling. Well stocked with booze and food, etc., the ship continues on. IFCO, armed with only a piano and trumpet/ radio/ synth, provide the nightly entertainment.

Lost At Sea is certainly the sister of the also piano-heavy The Music From The Impossible Salon, but Lost At Sea has an air of weary optimism replacing the bleak sadness of Impossible Salon.

For almost 30 years IFCO has carved their own path, or dug their own hole, depending on your view, through the ever-changing world of underground music. Still violently committed to the Avant-Garde and to new forms of beauty. Still Romantic. Still idealistic. Despite the odds. In the old days, this sort of commitment was better appreciated. IFCO remains IFCO. As a number of people have said over the years, every IFCO record sounds different, but they all sound like IFCO.

Edition of 400 LPs on black wax
Includes a 4″ x 6″ Postcard
and a download coupon

Price $14.95

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