Pseudo-legendary Montréal avant-rock band Fly Pan Am shares a new a/v single, “Mirror Cracks Seeking Interiority.”
Pseudo-legendary Montréal avant-rock band Fly Pan Am shares a new a/v single, “Mirror Cracks Seeking Interiority.” The sixth entry in Constellation’s Corona Borealis Longplay Singles Series, this also marks Fly Pan Am’s first new material since their acclaimed 2019 reunion album C’est ça. The single is accompanied by an experimental film by Charline Dally.
During the lockdown, the band has been trading files at a distance, including experiments with remixes of their Frontera live soundtrack recordings. “Mirror Cracks Seeking Interiority” is the first fruit of these efforts and a first for Fly Pan AM in terms of process: each chronological section of the track is a solo work by each individual member, remixed in isolation, then stitched together in a mostly linear fashion. The result sounds fantastic and wholly Fly Pan Am – like no other band.
“The social and the mirror is so obvious, being and rediscovering the omnipresent objection of the recovered tendency to the exteriority by a hard, fast object in exteriority. (Re)gaining in self is being personal on temperature differences. Although some aspects of the recovering in exteriority are delineated to a loss of personal autonomy and valorization into pieces”. – Fly Pan Am
“Mirror Cracks Seeking Interiority”
Preceded by a couple of buzzy secret shows, new album C’est ça dropped in 2019: “so dense, hyper-focused, and determined that it forces itself to make sense, altering the listener’s perception of how music works…what a bizarre, absurd, wonderful album…easily Fly Pan Am’s best” (AllMusic); “[a] colourful thunderstorm of motorik bass grooves, restless rhythm changes, sparkling electronics, disruptive static fuzz, and the kind of dense & woozy guitar effects that Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine took whole decades of his life trying to perfect” (The Quietus); “the Montréal experimental/psychedelic quartet is in brilliant form after a 13 year break from recording” (The Vancouver Sun).
Fly Pan Am also composed and performed the live score for the modern dance piece Frontera in 2019. Featuring nine dancers from the iconic dance company Animals of Distinction and light-based scenography by United Visual Artists, Frontera is a stunning, visceral exploration of borders, barriers, isolation and determination – garnering accolades throughout its 2019 run of engagements at hometown premieres in Montréal and Québec City, CTM Festival in Berlin, PuSh Festival in Vancouver, and Sydney Festival in Australia. The pandemic sadly scuttled Fly Pan Am’s first tour in 15 years (to have rolled out in UK and Europe in May/June 2020) along with Frontera’s 2020 world tour schedule.
THE CORONA BOREALIS SERIES
01 Oct Markus Floats
08 Oct Efrim Manuel Menuck
15 Oct Jessica Moss
22 Oct Jason Sharp
29 Oct T. Gowdy
05 Nov Fly Pan Am
12 Nov JOYFULTALK
19 Nov Joni Void + N NAO
(track order subject to change)
15 Jan T. Griffin
22 Jan Eric Chenaux
29 Jan Deadbeat & Martin Bakero
05 Feb Automatisme
12 Feb Light Conductor
19 Feb Off World
26 Feb Sam Shalabi
05 Mar Jerusalem In My Heart