Art Of Fighting


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Wires (2001), 6/10
Second Storey (2004), 7/10
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Australia's sentimental angst-ridden slo-core quartet Art Of Fighting, formed in 1997 in Melbourne by vocalists Ollie Browne and Peggy Frew, and guitarist Miles Browne, revolutionized the local school of low-fi pop both in terms of arrangement (by adopting a "spare but modernist" approach previously attempted only by Go-Betweens) and in terms of pathos (by harking back to slo-core bands such as Mazzy Star).

Following two EPs, The Very Strange Year (Half a Cow) and Empty Nights (Half a Cow), the first full-length album, Wires (2001 - 3 Beads of Sweat, 2002), delivered folk-pop a` la REM tinged with the spleen of the Red House Painters and American Music Club. More than a parade of dejected moments, it stood as a cascade of delicate emotions, alternating between calm acceptance and humble desperation: Skeletons, Akula, Moonlight, I Don't Keep a Record, Something New. The dramatic overtones and the sudden neurosis of the six-minute Just Say I'm Right capped a quiet excursion into psychic turbulence.

A more graceful and sublime atmosphere permeated the songs on Second Storey (Trifekta, 2004 - Bella Union, 2005). A couple, such as Along The Run and Your Easy Part, were blatantly melodic without sacrificing the band's psychological depth, while Break for Me, Busted Broken Forgotten, Where Trouble Lived, Come Round And Show Me laid the same spidery tapestry of the debut album, eventually leading to the intense closing of the mournful and quietly apocalyptic Heart Translation.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Antonio Buono)

Gli Art Of Fighting, quartetto australiano di slo-core sentimentale e angoscioso, formati nel 1997 dai cantanti Ollie Browne e Peggy Frew, assieme al chitarrista Miles Browne, hanno rivoluzionato la scena locale del lo-fi pop sia in termini di arrangiamento (adottando l'approccio "nostalgico ma modernista" tentato in precedenza solo dai Go-Betweens) sia in termini di pathos (rifacendosi a band di slo-core come i Mazzy Star).

Dopo due Ep, The Very Strange Year (Half a Cow) and Empty Nights (Half a Cow), il primo album Wires (2001 - 3 Beads of Sweat, 2002) consegna un folk-pop … la REM, segnato dallo spleen dei Red House Painters e American Music Club. Pi— che una parata di momenti da depressione, si presenta come una cascata di fragili emozioni, alternando la quiete ad una modesta disperazione: Skeletons, Akula, Moonlight, I Don't Keep a Record, Something New. I sovratoni drammatici e l'improvvisa nevrosi dei sei minuti di Just Say I'm Right incanalano una silenziosa escursione tra turbolenze psichiche.

Una pi— leggiadra e sublime atmosfera permea le canzoni di Second Storey (Trifekta, 2004 - Bella Union, 2005). Un paio di queste, come Along The Run e Your Easy Part, sono vistosamente melodiche pur senza sacrificare le profondit… psicologiche del gruppo, mentre Break For Me, Busted Broken Forgotten, Where Trouble Lived, Come Round And Show Me seguono la stessa scia del debutto, fino all'intenso finale della triste calma apocalittica di Heart Translation.

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