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Fonya — In Flux
(Kinesis KDCD 1014, 1994, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-07-01

In Flux Cover artHere's the latest offering from American multi-instrumentalist Chris Fournier, his third to date. Once again, as with the previous album Soul Travels, it's an all-instrumental excursion which could best be described as synthetic space-rock, perhaps like Ozrics meets Eloy in digital heaven. Fournier plays all manner of synths, guitars, bass, and (ahem) drum programming. All the percussive sounds tend to be buried under an ever-present fog of synths, so they're really not that objectionable, and they do seem to be well programmed. The tunes are dreamy and spacious, though the synths have a sort-of-coldness to their tone; when you turn the volume up and the lights out, make sure you have some warm clothes on! The soaring Eloy style guitar solos are excellent, I'd like to hear a lot more of them. At the end, after all the original material, there is a Fournier-ized cover/medley of a couple classic Genesis tunes ("Hairless Heart / Los Endos") which are good for familiarity. Overall, there's a good deal of material here that could've been done a lot more succinctly (the total playing time is almost 80 minutes), but Fournier nonetheless has produced a respectable album that builds upon the strengths of the previous two. I'm sure that many will enjoy this.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 7, 1994 releases

Related artist(s): Chris Fournier (Fonya)

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