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Boomkat Product Review:
Few bands of our time could have found themselves so widely revered while still effectively school kids, yet Fridge managed to find their way onto Trevor Jackson's Output Recordings while the label was in its nascent stages, carving out their very own corner of the post-rock universe thanks to a unique, exploratory mindset when it comes to electronic instruments and recording techniques. Of course, two of the band's membership have since gone to expand on this further - Adem's future-folk and Kieran Hebden's stellar production work as Four Tet have arguably become better known than the Fridge material itself, but these earliest emissions remain startling documents of a band whose bedroom noodlings went on to influence countless other experimental rock bands. This stuff still sounds pretty remarkable, with tracks like 1997's 'Anglepoised' coming across brilliantly some twelve years since its original EP release: a simple drum machine pattern paves a way for mantra-like bass progressions and melodious chord swells (probably emerging from a battered old Casio keyboard) resulting in a lo-fi, electronic alternative to the sort of thing Mogwai were doing at the time. In addition to music that's already been released via Output there are several previously unreleased tracks here too, the most complete and fully formed of which is the queasy, temporally unstable 'Triumphant Homecoming', which manages to make a virtue out of a one-note riff that's blurted out across a variety of different instruments in sequence, forming a strange, almost comical build-up to a rousing brass-led main theme. Remastered from the original tapes and packaged with liner notes from the band themselves, Trevor Jackson and various other friends and collaborators, this fully crammed disc presents a great opportunity to rediscover a great band - and a great bunch of musicians - taking their first steps. Highly Recommended.