Dsfečo is an interesting group that produces obscure music. Unafraid of breaking the rules and capable of leaving you wondering “is this even music?”. Fetcho has crafted “Watch It Sparkle” into a unique song-cycle that traces its roots to artists like Radiohead, yet clearly has more than a dash of 20th century ‘high art’ orchestral music providing flavor to these bold compositions. Watch It Sparkle is truly a force to be reckoned with!
Most of the music sounds like random, free jazz and sounds very unique. Personally, I don’t really see anyone ever listening to this on their iPod but that is just me. This is practically just sound and I don’t see this music seeing to light of publicity on the radio or even in clubs. This music has no steady beat thus making it impossible to dance to. The creepy vocals almost sound demonic and have weird filters on them to make it even worse for the listener. What is this group’s motive in putting out this terrible music?
dsfečo was born David Fetcho (the spelling assigned to his Slovak grandparents on Ellis Island) in Pittsburgh, PA in 1948. He has spent decades composing commissioned works for dance, theater, video and broadcast. But he has always been a songwriter at heart, beginning with high school and college bands, and in small venue performances into adulthood. In 1967, his group in college was signed to Jubilee Records by producer Lou Guarino (Chad and Jeremy, The Skyliners), renamed “The P.D.U.S.M,” was flown to New York to record in the West Village, offered hookers by the producer (graciously declined!), got written up as a pick of the week in Cashbox, then was not promoted into oblivion. His next group, The People, was signed by Joe Averbach (The Del Vikings; Buddy Sharp and The Shakers) to Dash Records, and had a release of proto-psych songs on 45rpm, also in 1967. Both groups’ 45’s are still listed on collector’s sites stateside and abroad. Since those years, dsfečo has worked as a professional copywriter, video producer and composer. With his choreographer wife, Susan English Fetcho, he created and scored 14 original dance/music/theater works performed in the San Francisco Bay area and overseas from 1980 until 1993. In 1987, Australian Broadcasting Company commissioned him to score a 9 part radio series on the recovery journeys of several heroin-addicted prostitutes in the King’s Cross area of Sydney.
The craziest part of the whole thing is that the frontman is 67 years old! This music is definitely an acquired taste and I have yet to acquire it… The 6 track EP can be viewed on Soundcloud. Let me know what you think of this crazy music down below!