Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static

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Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static
Studio album by Set Fire to Flames
Released 8 April 2003
Recorded July 2002 - August 2002
Genre Post rock
Experimental music
Length 88:20
Label Alien8 Recordings ALIEN39
FatCat Records
Set Fire to Flames chronology
Sings Reign Rebuilder
Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (5.3/10)[1]
Almost Cool 6.5/10 stars[2]
Sputnik Media 3.5/5 stars[3]

Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static is the second double album by the Canadian musical collective, Set Fire to Flames. The album was recorded in the span of several months in late 2002, and was then published by both Alien8 Recordings and FatCat Records in 2003.

The album itself was recorded in a barn in rural Ontario, Canada. The recording atmosphere was decidedly informal—the sounds of the band members talking and moving around can be readily heard during the albums quiet moments.[4] Like their first album, Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static was recorded "in states of little or no sleep, in varying levels of intoxication, and in physical confinement."[4]

The release utilizes many different instruments, including guitars, basses, strings, horns, glockenspiel, marimba, bass clarinet, cymbalon, hurdy-gurdy, music boxes, modified electronics, saw, and contact microphones.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one – Telegraphs in Negative
  1. "Déjà, comme des trous de vent, comme reproduit" – 6:43
  2. "Small Steps Against Inertia/Echo of a Dead End" – 3:01
  3. "Measure de Mésure" – 4:45
  4. "Holy Throat Hiss Tracts to the Sedative Hypnotic" – 3:38
  5. "When Sorrow Shoots Her Darts" – 3:11
  6. "Kill Fatigue Frequencies" – 1:28
  7. "In Prelight Isolate" – 15:11
  8. "Tehran in Seizure/Telegraphs in Negative" – 5:56
Disc two – Mouths Trapped in Static
  1. "Your Guts Are Like Mine" – 2:15
  2. "Fukt Perkusiv/Something About Bad Drugs, Schizophrenics and Grain Silos..." – 8:11
  3. "Sleep Maps" – 11:52
  4. "Something About Eva Mattes in the Halo of Exploding Street Lamps..." – 1:47
  5. "Buzz of Barn Flies Like Faulty Electronics" – 3:39
  6. "And the Birds Are About to Bust Their Guts with Singing" – 4:52
  7. "Rites of Spring Reverb" – 3:33
  8. "Mouths Trapped in Static" – 2:27
  9. "This Thing Between Us Is a Rickety Bridge of Impossible Crossing/Bonfires for Nobody..." – 5:33



  1. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  2. ^ Almost Cool review
  3. ^ Sputnik Media review
  4. ^ a b "Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static by Set Fire to Flames". Alien8 Recordings. Archived from the original on October 14, 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 

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