Chris Cohen - Guitar / Andrew Maxwell - Drums and Vocal / Greg Saunier - Synthesizer
If Wendy Carlos joined the Shaggs to perform Ravel's Mother Goose suite,
it might sound like Flybys.
If the Albert Ayler ensemble took a break from the Love Cry sessions to score the Rockford Files on portable moog and electric kitchen colander, it might sound like Flybys.
If Brian Wilson recreated Stan Kenton's City of Glass for the Commodore 64 platform, it might sound like Flybys.
If Forever Changes, Martians Go Home and Beefheart's Tropical Hot Dog Night were summarized a la Masterplots on musical 3x5's, it might sound like Flybys.
Think of asterisks, park maintenance, telegraph wires and the alpine biathlon. That's what the Curtains did when they wrote Flybys!
They call the Curtains "coming of age" music. Full of sweet accidents and big ideas in small packages, what you get are compact, highly personal
compositions, neither hot nor cold, but whimsical, lighthearted, portable and idiosyncratic - the warm inventions and cool abstractions of the thinking man's casual imagination on the move.
With members of Deerhoof, Natural Dreamers and Open City, they are certainly a mixed bag, but you'll like it!
"There's a childlike sensibility that pervades the album, but more than make the music sound cutesy or trite, it results in a feeling of freshness
and wide-eyed wonder, a feeling that makes Flybys just plain fun. Whether Cohen uses bright clean channel guitar or dirtier tones,
whether Saunier's keyboard makes the blippy sounds of early video games or fizzling bursts of decaying sound,
and whether Maxwell plays in a jumble or in more restrained accents, Flybys is just that, fun.
Add to this to the group's unique take on rock and pop language, and you've got fun music you can think along to, an enjoyable combo indeed."
Adam Strohm, FakeJazz.com
"The Curtains have no modern musical peers that I can think of. When I first heard the record, I checked to see the year that it was released
and even then I wasn't sure if the Curtains had looted the vaults of the Frank Zappa estate. If you want to hear insane video game music without
burning out your eyes and getting carpal tunnel syndrome, this is the record for you. Highly recommended."
Jason Ziemniak, Delusions of Adequacy
"The second full length from The Curtains who share two members with the local favorites Deerhoof, Chris Cohen on guitar and Greg Saunier on Analog Synth.
Andrew Maxwell angles off the trio on drums and occasional vocal and the results are perplexingly perfect.
22 tunes spread over a half-hour, The Curtains have a strange ability to make you laugh like a pre-schooler high on snack break Capr-Sun. The Sound of three people backtracking and rewriting their musical vocabulary... There are no real precedents, no real rules, simply explorations, often ear shattering ones that
melt into quizzical codas. I only wish there was more of Maxwell's baritone... A word of warning, enveloping yourself in this record may make you smile without
fully understanding why and might make you cry ambiguous tears. ..."
Yosef Lewis, The Big Takeover, Issue 53
"Songs like "Bummer With Cakes," a noisily evocative track that sounds like a bull in a china shop, or perhaps more accurately,
an elephant in a bakery, and the lumbering "Saga," which has an appropriately prog rock tinge, have a unique spontaneity
and playfulness that set the band apart from many of its experimental-rock peers. The band's use of analog synths is also distinctive;
songs like "Computer Finch," "Moment With Plankton," "Pure Bronze," and "The Shooter" are still playful but slightly reserved and even menacing sounding, recalling the soundtracks of public television documentaries from the '70s. Picking out highlights on an album that blazes through 22 tracks in just over half an hour is difficult, but the lovely "Partners," which sounds a little like the infamous five-note refrain from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
fleshed out into a full song, is definitely a standout track, along with the bouncy, triumphant "Telegraph Victories" and the bombastic sci-fi
prog of "Alpine Hunter." (...) An abstractly yet clearly expressive album, Flybys is a musical mosaic that ends up being more than the sum
of its many minute parts."
Heather Phares, All Music Guide