Jubilee is an album of selections from the last five years of multifarious output by the art collective FPBJPC, including Jonathan Gean, Michael Pollard, Ben Schumacher, and Peter Friel. Including 8-hand piano arrangements of Schillers An Die Freude, helpful techno, free guitar quartets, music from their film The China Chalet Group, and more, Jubilee is an incomplete picture of FPBJPCs life-long research into ways of hanging out. Side A ends with an anthemic Interpol cover performed at the collectives own Responsibility Festival, which took over southern Ontarios Wolfe Island for a weekend in the summer of 2019.
Everything in FPBJPCs oeuvre requires you to tilt your head to adjust where the glare obscures the picture. Or theres no glare, but were accustomed to thinking there ought to be one. I was in the audience for the 2019 Recital Earth Day Gala concert, and during FPBJPCs set someone in the audience muttered to me, perfect music. At the Interpol concert, I was also in the audience. I didnt know the words and didnt feel like crowdsurfing, but I was very happy to be there. This music helps me remember how to learn how to love. Maybe in the last seventy years or so the loveless mistrust of fucks given has become the cruel, background fuck whose givenness is a given. FPBJPC invites us to relieve ourselves of that cruelty and, thereby, invites us back into love. Perfect music.