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Classic Album Review: Willard Grant Conspiracy + Telefunk | In the Fishtank

U.S. chamber-folksters & Dutch electronicists find common ground in the studio.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Take two underground bands. Place them in a recording studio. Leave them alone for 48 hours and see what happens.

That’s the simple recipe behind the EP series In the Fishtank. Vol. 8 merges the talents of chamber-folky Americana outfit Willard Grant Conspiracy and trippy Dutch electronicists Telefunk. Despite the seeming disparity of their styles, however, the two acts found common ground in a series of traditional ballads. WGC’s guitars, piano and viola carry these tracks, with the ’funketeers tastefully limiting their input to some well-placed turntables, sampling and a sprinkling of analog noise. The result is a sort of Americana-trip hop hybrid — imagine Portishead covering The Carter Family — that sounds less like a clash of cultures than a meeting of the minds.