It is happening again. The winter thaw is underway and spring will soon be upon us. What better time for Full Spectrum to share this raw, vital, and expansive live recording from Sharmi Basu [AKA Full Spectrum alum Beast Nest] and Fanciulla Gentile’s Felidae project?
An ongoing concern since 2014, Felidae has to date only released a single self-published cassette, but they’ve carved out a niche for themselves as a towering live act, destroying basements throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
In the fall of 2020, well into the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, the duo came together to generate an improvised live set for Jake Rodriguez’s live-streamed noise series, ‘PONIIA.’ The resulting document captures a moment of intimacy in the “here and now” amidst what, at the time, felt like an ever-increasing sense of personal distance and social isolation. As the pandemic now slumps into its third year, those divisions are beginning to set within our communities, becoming permanent features of the cultural landscape for future generations to reckon with.
It is within this context that the work found its resonance. “Katla” itself is a word with dual meanings, one being the Icelandic term for “kettle,” particularly in the context of volcanism. It is the name of an enormous and still active snow-capped volcano whose last eruption was over a century ago, though researchers have recently detected harmonic tremors coming from the site – sustained releases of seismic and infrasonic energy due to magma and gasses escaping from deep within the Earth’s mantle, which typically precede or accompany full-scale volcanic eruptions.
“Katla” is also the Hindi word for “slaughter.” Perhaps the less esoteric reading of the term when one considers the grander backdrop of the pandemic, which has caused continuous mass death while casting in stark relief the brittle and precarious nature of life under the yoke of global capitalism. Taken together, however, this duality becomes an engine for rebirth and renewal: as pressure amasses beneath us, something is bound to break through. It is these cycles of pressure, eruption, destruction, death, violence, and creation that terraform our physical and spiritual experiences on this beautiful rock we call home.
In all its radiant glory, ‘Katla’ is an ode to the old world and the world yet to come.
released April 22, 2022
all music by Sharmi Basu and Fanciulla Gentile
mastered by Andrew Weathers
artwork by Gretchen Korsmo
My humanities professor showed me this piece and i cannot stop coming back to it. Something deep and alluring of this piece keeps me wanting more. Absolutely one of my favorite cuts from last year. renderedextract