BELL SYSTEM: TOLL FREE ZONES OR BASIC BILLING PLAN

June 24th, 2017 | Album reviews

BELL SYSTEM (a.k.a. Gap Dream)
Toll Free Zones or Basic Billing Plan
self-released

There’s a scene in 24 Hour Party People where a DJ spins to a near empty dance floor in the newly opened Hacienda. It perfectly captures how different a club looks and feels when the lights go up and how spatially radical the music sounds when the room is devoid of sweat and heat. Maybe it’s no accident then, that the techno side project of Gap Dream’s Gabe Fulvimar, Bell System, took its name from defunct landline conglomerate Ma Bell, and named its Bandcamp album Toll Free Zones. Phone calls sound and mean something different now, and ‘toll free’ isn’t a thing anymore. A departure from the usual campy and infectious pop of Gap Dream, Bell System harkens back to ecstasy-fueled raves of the ’90s, a bite-sized EP of block rockin’ beats. Most of the tracks fall around 100 b.p.m. which allows you to both space out and come down. An album for the night of or the morning after.

—Kegan Pierce Simons