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Off the leash.After the strict musical activism of Plat Du Jour (an album created solely from sounds generated from food in protest at the food industry), Matthew Herbert has slackened his leash somewhat with Scale, and delivered a more satisfying listen. His quest for originality still means drums were recorded in bizarre settings (a car travelling at 100mph, a balloon at 2,000ft, a cave, underwater) but it’s his playful orchestral arrangements and the voices of collaborators Dani Siciliano, Neil Thomas and Dave Okumu that dominate here. His growing mastery in the studio is evidenced by a rich sheen of quality across the piece as electronic squirts and glitches dance with French horns and clarinets. Warm and quirky. Pleasantly bizarre. Sophisticated and daft. Herbert at his best.
Herbert – Scale, released 29 May 06 on !K7
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