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Matt Bartram - Moments Before (2016)

Rock, Indie, Pop | Author: artmuss | 27-12-2016, 19:47
Matt Bartram - Moments Before (2016)Artist: Matt Bartram
Title Of Album: Moments Before
Year Of Release: 2016
Label (Catalog#): Drifting Falling [DRIFTING024]
Country: United States
Genre: Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Dream Pop
Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 39:47 min
Full Size: 300 mb
WebSite: Album Preview

Having had a fifteen-year career making music up to this point, Matt Bartram is a veteran in the field of shoegaze and dream pop. Working on his own, he has added eight songs to his canon here, all lilting melody, crisp snares and pleasant, fuzzy distorted guitars and electronic effects. He recorded this album at home on his eight track and is most at home working on improvisations based around simple rhythms and drone. It's quite a hypnotic, ambient sound that's best experienced - like all the best 'ambient sounds', I find - at almost skull-crushingly LOUD volume. Yep, loud. Very loud. Or on headphones. Like I am doing, now. I'm sure my ears will thank me later, the way my heart is doing now.

"Walls Around You" is a very pretty song. It might be my favourite. It's all about melody and texture contextualised, in a shoegaze-y way, of course. It drifts, like those little fluffy clouds in summer. Well, not summer these days, you know, now that we're close to the Apocalypse or something, with all the storms we have every day, all over the world, and constant rain in Britain. No, the fluffy clouds of 'our' youth; for those of us approaching *cough* Middle Age. "Visualise" is like Ulrich Schnauss at his pretty, noisiest best. Or slow-slow-Slowdive. "Never" continues this dreamy-yet-visceral thrill ride, a definite mbv vibe here. Bloody beautiful it is. "Half of the Time" - more Sonic Cathedralising, shards of sound penetrating you, embracing you (because they love you and you love them! Those shards.) Slow-mo Shields-ism (Kevin but not Kevin. It's Matt. Remember? Yes. Of course you do.)

"What Can We Do" is the loveliest song you've heard in the last ten minutes, or even since the last, um, mbv album (yes, him again; there's no getting away from it), and drones on and out after seven blissful minutes. Final track, "A Moment Before", might be the loveliest, most sorrowful, sonically perfect song ever. It's my favourite song on the album anyway. I like this record very much. Have a listen. You might take it to your heart the way I did. Or you might not. Who knows with people?


01. Dissolve (05:08)
02. Break It (03:34)
03. Walls Around You (04:22)
04. Visualise (06:49)
05. Never (03:13)
06. Half Of The Time (04:19)
07. What Can We Do (07:09)
08. A Moment Before (05:13)

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