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    Mattin – “Songbook 5” – [Disembraining]

    Fives are wild. I’m surprised Mattin didn’t change his
    name to Matin for this. Five musicians, five songs,
    five minutes each, recorded in the fifth month of
    last year. As with the excellent Billy Bao “Building
    from Bilbao” a Fun House fritz out, the “blender” here
    is hugely important. Separate ingredients from Mattin,
    Joel Stern, Andrew McLellan, Alex Cuffe and Dean Roberts
    (the last gent we have in our library under his own
    name as well as White Winged Moth and Thela). It
    sounds like their sources, as well as some found
    recordings (or forced ones, not sure where the couple
    on the concluding track were nabbed from). Inputs
    extracted in response to song titles (please note
    they are all five words for bonus points on this
    assignment). At least that is the alleged plan, but
    with Mattin anything is possible and all truths can be
    better lies. The lyrics push a thesis of self-renunciation
    is self-exploration, and “a free spirit needs to be
    captured” (sung/slurred in inimitable Mattin fashion!).
    Hamster wheels spin, and we are trapped inside/outside
    John Cage’s world. Plenty of guitars, careening off
    the mixing blender’s blades, a analog bop of “Love
    Will Keep Us Together” comes apart inside the first track
    maybe? A sense of collision overrides collaboration.
    That last track is the most stark, are we in a
    college laundromat or a philosophy club? Is there a
    difference? Deconstruction is done, and construction
    is king. More punk than any punk record going these
    days. Interesting label, and a name for a label with
    a release like this which pits physical clashing with
    metaphysical hash. Long five Matin.

    -Thrst Hungr

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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