Thinking PLF just stands for Peter Lukas Freya would be too easy. The trio played around with their own creative variations before employing the services of a hacker using a dictionary-based password cracking protocol to generate an overwhelming array of randomised interpretations of their name, which doubles as liner notes for EPDEMO . This cyberpunk take on Henri Bergson’s intuition-centric theory of creativity formally mirrors the group’s approach to music making. Instrument maker and noise maverick Peter Kutin, sonic nomad vocalist Freya Edmondes aka Elvin Brandhi and iconoclastic drummer Lukas König formed the trio after a spontaneous meeting at a show they were all performing solo. Born out of a single day-long improvisation session, EPDEMO captures that lightning-bolt electric charge of the trio’s fortuitous encounter. With Kutin on self-devised light-feedback noise machines coupled with an array of synths and König’s percussion-electronics manipulations as rhythm section to Brandhi’s feral vocalisations, PFL are an unorthodox band, right at the edge of pop-punk, noise and free improvisation.
Kutin’s editing of the material emphasises the group’s inherent musicality on tracks like brutalist-pop opener “Play Fake Logic” or distorted post-punk “Pop(e) Lost Faith”, where Brandhi’s furious, punchy singing comes closer to a lyrical structure. The band embraces pure chaos on the moody “Peace Literally Failed” where Edmondes’s screeching, whispers and twitching is sustained by a metallic, slithering sound design worthy of Dark Souls but is not afraid of displaying rhythmical prowess on the hypnotic incantation “Patience Lives Forever”.
EPDEMO is a dynamic tour de force from three improvisers at the peak of their craft that manages to stay engaging while not taking itself too seriously, subverting the listener’s expectations at every turn.