Model Man are the latest musicians to discover the endless ingenious possibilities offered by applying bits and pieces to the strings of a piano. Pieces for Prepared Piano and Percussion takes the Cageian instrument and pushes it into tweaky groove territory that sounds like certain strains of electronica (though the sounds seem to mostly be acoustic). 12” EP release on Telharmonium Records.
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 09 January 2017
Music to get 2017 off to a good start, here at Norman Towers. Music from two brothers, no less, who amongst their impressive credentials have worked with greats such as Damon Albarn and Squarepusher. But that’s not important right now. The brothers of Model Man have discovered fresh and exciting things to do with their newly-prepared piano, and they are bursting with enthusiasm to share their sonic finds with you, yes you.
Falling somewhere between Nils Frahm and Gold Panda -- or Four Tet when he’s in a creative mood -- the six pieces and miniatures on this record are full of ideas and childlike wonder and melody. Piano motifs don’t linger long; they play and dance and repeat amongst the chopped-up percussion on tracks like the joyous ‘Idol’, which actually reminds me of an on-point Matthew Herbert circa his ‘Around the House’ LP. There are pretty tunes for children, like ‘Little Wooden Palace’ and the Frahm-like tunefulness of ‘Smiling Eyes’. ‘Thankerton’ is a blissfully swaying little number. Short and very sweet.
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