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Collings, Matthew – “Splintered Instruments” – [Denovali Records]

humana   10/20/2014   12-inch, A Library

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What I know about Matthew Collings is that he is a British artist who enjoys collaborating with most excellent musicians. He composed and performed the pieces on this album, and they are cathartic. Take “They Meet on the Subway.” The percussive undercurrent that mimics the subway rushing along its tracks ties together the hazy vocals and other instrumentation. The instruments themselves don’t sound especially splintered, but there are many great ones, including violin, piano, contrabass, clarinets, trumpet, trombone, synth…the sounds are sometimes bordering on noise, but mostly they surround you and make you feel good. Everyone’s “Routine” should have the soundtrack on this album. The music moves you, and is anything but routine.

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