Three Fact Fader

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Three Fact Fader
Engineers - Three Fact Fader.jpg
Studio album by Engineers
Released 6 July 2009
Recorded Surrey, Wales, and Rainford, 2007–2008
Genre Post-rock, dream pop, shoegazing, indie rock
Length56:31
Label Kscope
Producer Ken Thomas and Engineers
Engineers chronology
Engineers
(2005)
Three Fact Fader
(2009)
In Praise of More
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Bearded (favourable) [2]
Daily Express Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Drowned in Sound (8/10) [4]
Gigwise Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [5]
NME (8/10) [6]
The Scotsman Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]
The Skinny Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [8]
The Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [9]

Three Fact Fader is the second full-length studio album by British shoegazing band Engineers, released on 6 July 2009 through the Kscope label. The album was produced by the band along with Ken Thomas, who also worked with Sigur Rós, M83 and Maps, with artwork created by Tom Sheehan.

Shoegazing is a subgenre of indie and alternative rock that emerged in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s. It is characterised by its ethereal-sounding mixture of obscured vocals, guitar distortion and effects, feedback, and overwhelming volume. The term "shoegazing" was coined by the British music press to ridicule the stage presence of a wave of neo-psychedelic groups who stood still during live performances in a detached, introspective, non-confrontational state with their heads down. This was because the heavy use of effects pedals meant the performers were often looking down at the readouts on their effects pedals during concerts.

Engineers (band)

Engineers are a British shoegazing/dream pop band. The band was formed in London in 2003 by bassist/guitarist/keyboardist Mark Peters, singer/guitarist Simon Phipps, bassist/guitarist Dan MacBean, and drummer Andrew Sweeney. After the release of their second album Three Fact Fader in 2009, MacBean and Sweeney left the band, and were replaced by bassist/vocalist Daniel Land, drummer Matthew Linley, and keyboardist Ulrich Schnauss. Phipps and Land would later leave the band before the release of 2014's Always Returning. Engineers' sound has been described as "hazy, ethereal, and atmospheric," and the band often cites the works of The Beach Boys, Brian Eno, Cocteau Twins, Spiritualized, and Pink Floyd as influences.

Kscope is an independent record label that is part of Snapper Music, and a sister-label of Peaceville. It is dedicated to artists in the progressive rock genre. The label has released albums by Steven Wilson and his projects Porcupine Tree, No-Man and Blackfield. In 2008 it branched out and has since signed the post-progressive artists Anathema, Lunatic Soul and Ulver, and progressive rock stalwart Ian Anderson to their roster. In 2013, the Steven Wilson release The Raven That Refused To Sing received the Album of the Year award at the Progressive Music Awards.

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To start promoting the record, the band played their first live gig in over two years on 10 July 2009 at the Bush Hall in London. They were joined onstage by special guest Ulrich Schnauss. Richard Barbieri of British progressive rock group Porcupine Tree also performed that night.

Ulrich Schnauss German musician

Ulrich Schnauss is a German electronic musician and producer based in London, England.

Richard Barbieri English synthesizer player, keyboardist and composer

Richard Barbieri is an English musician and songwriter. Originally a member of new wave band Japan, more recently he is known as the keyboard player in the progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, which he joined in 1993.

Progressive rock is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the United Kingdom and United States throughout the mid to late 1960s. Initially termed "progressive pop", the style was an outgrowth of psychedelic bands who abandoned standard pop traditions in favour of instrumentation and compositional techniques more frequently associated with jazz, folk, or classical music. Additional elements contributed to its "progressive" label: lyrics were more poetic, technology was harnessed for new sounds, music approached the condition of "art", and the studio, rather than the stage, became the focus of musical activity, which often involved creating music for listening, not dancing.

The Three Fact Fader minisite was set up by Kscope containing information about the album. A single for "Clean Coloured Wire" was released on 20 July 2009, and a video clip for the song was released through the minisite to accompany the single. [10] The minisite also includes an excerpt of a remix of the song "Sometimes I Realise" by British musician, record producer, and Kscope label founder Steven Wilson.

A minisite is a website by which companies offer information about one specific product or product group. Typically, a minisite is enhanced by various multimedia content, such as an animated, narrated introduction, and accompanied by a visual scheme which complements the product well.

Steven Wilson English musician and songwriter

Steven John Wilson is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. Currently a solo artist, he became known as the founder, lead guitarist, lead vocalist and songwriter of the band Porcupine Tree, as well as being a member of several other bands.

The entire album was available for streaming through the website of NME . [11]

<i>NME</i> British weekly music journalism magazine

New Musical Express (NME) is a British music journalism website and former magazine that has been published since 1952. It was the first British paper to include a singles chart, in the edition of 14 November 1952. In the 1970s it became the best-selling British music newspaper. During the period 1972 to 1976, it was particularly associated with gonzo journalism, then became closely associated with punk rock through the writings of Julie Burchill, Paul Morley and Tony Parsons. It started as a music newspaper, and gradually moved toward a magazine format during the 1980s and 1990s, changing from newsprint in 1998.

Track listing

All tracks written by Engineers.

No.TitleLength
1."Clean Coloured Wire"5:12
2."Sometimes I Realise"3:43
3."International Dirge"5:12
4."Helped by Science"4:22
5."Brighter As We Fall"6:05
6."Hang Your Head"4:38
7."Crawl from the Wreckage"4:53
8."Three Fact Fader"4:02
9."Song for Andy"3:41
10."Emergency Room"4:52
11."The Fear Has Gone"3:49
12."Be What You Are"2:44
13."What Pushed Us Together"3:23

Harmonia is a Krautrock supergroup from Germany. They formed as a collaboration between Michael Rother of Neu! and Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Möbius of Cluster and later included the British musician Brian Eno.

Hans-Joachim Roedelius German musician

Hans-Joachim Roedelius is a German experimental, ambient and electronic musician. He is best known as a co-founder of the krautrock groups Cluster and Harmonia and for his work in the ambient jazz trio Aquarello.

Dieter Moebius Swiss musician

Dieter Moebius was a Swiss-born German electronic musician and composer.

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References

  1. Allen, J. "Review: Three Fact Fader". Allmusic . Retrieved 11 October 2009.
  2. Bearded review
  3. Daily Express review
  4. Drowned in Sound review
  5. Gigwise review
  6. NME review
  7. The Scotsman review
  8. The Skinny review
  9. The Times review
  10. Kscope » Blog Archive » Video for new Engineers’ single Clean Coloured Wire on the mini-site
  11. NME media player