Album Review

Anderson, Fortner – “Solitary Pleasures” – [&records]

mickeyslim   5/9/2012   A Library, CD

Fortner Anderson wrote a poem a day for 365 days and these are a??selection of them put to music from musicians who’ve been playingtogether on-and-off in different projects; Michel F. Cote, Alexandre St-Onge, and Sam Shabali. Check out the Shabali
Effect and the collection “Six Silk Purses” to check out the music.
Sounds like unstructured improv at times, but structured at other
points, depending on the poem. Spacey, sometimes driving beat, sounds like its resonating inside your skull. The collaboration of the music and poetry are??complimentary and create very real places in your imagination.

“The voice of awkward humanity,” Anderson uses simple, sometimes random descriptions to evoke feelings.??Talks about homeless, children without hands, and a lot about being naked.??Seems at one point Anderson had a riend die of cancer, some of those??poems are a little depressing. Some of the tracks Anderson starts the poem with the??date, and others he ends with it, both add distinct drama to the??poems. Check it out for the music and the spoken word! I marked my favorite, what will yours be?

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