Howling Songs by Matt Elliott

Howling Songs was the third of Matt Elliott's 'songs' trilogy and further proof that if you want it darker then Matt is your man. The album continues his career progression since his days as drum 'n' bass 'n' noise expert Third Eye Foundation of making slow burning acoustic based ballads with a strong European flavour. Deep thinking music for dark nights of the soul.  

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Howling Songs by Matt Elliott
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9/10 Brett 30 October 2008
Ten out of ten morose horses agree, the new Matt Elliott album is wikkid. I've heard a few albums he's been involved in before, from Flying Saucer Attack and the Third Eye Foundation to the Drinking Songs album a couple of years back but I've got to admit to never having been a total convert until now. I don't really feel as though I've got any choice but to delve right into the man's back catalogue (ooo-er!) because Howling Songs has literally sliced my tits off. From the first peep of the packaging on either the vinyl or the CD you know it's going to be something special, the artwork is just stunning and a perfect compliment to the musical content, it's matter-of-fact baroque grotesquery disturbing and alluring in equal measure. Then you crack open the eleven minute opener and lopsided centrepiece 'The Kbler-Ross Model', to be greeted with Spanish guitar, scratchy, anxious strings and Elliott mumbling incoherantly like Nick Cave nodding off into an emptied shot glass; the atmospherics pulling you further and further in before the first signs that this is an utterly modern release, the kicking in of a squalling electric guitar eruption over manic gypsy jazzings shot through with bursts of pure static, leaving me with an impression of a bizarre cross between Django Reinhardt and Mogwai at their most extreme. From there things generally take a slightly traditional turn into the territory I'm more used to from Drinking Songs but with the added undercurrent of Eastern Bloc folk melodies and sounds.. The more songy side of him always makes me think of being trapped inside some kind of occult carnival while Tom Waits croons his early barroom blues stuff with Godspeed! You Black Emperor backing him up from the bandstand.. Come to think of it, I probably wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to get out of there if I did happen to be trapped in that particular situation. This LP is elusive, otherworldly and full of the sort of delightful mystery that you'll want to keep attempting to unravel on repeated listenings. Maybe it's the soundtrack to a rickety knees-up at a demented, surreal lock-in.. Or maybe it's the sound of the last man in the world sat serenading a skeleton outside a Parisian cafe backed by travelling band of ghosts playing out the back of their rotting caravan. The beauty of this incredibly evocative record is that you'll constantly be coming up with your own ridiculous ideas and imagery which is a fine gift to be given. Although there isn't much of a similarity in terms of their sounds I think he and Alexander Tucker are doing very similar things, creating their own little worlds by suggesting links between aspects of our own that we wouldn't normally be able to see. Fantastic stuff!- Brett x

2/10 Peter Lie 9th February 2009

I don´t like it AT ALL!  It´s plain, noisy (not in a good way like "The Maid We Messed") and we have heard that he can curse.I really think he should take a deep look inside and see what he can find,This is too extrovert.



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