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Michael Donnelly is an experimental electronic musician making sound collages from 'broken gear and household appliances'. Although this sounds like a rather ramshackle affair, the end-product promises to be something magical. Having learned his chops in the band Rothko, Donnelly has decided to plough his own furrow on this particular project. Expect strange timbres and immersive sounds. 

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Why So Mute, Fond Lover? by Michael Donnelly
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8/10 Will Staff review, 31 July 2019

There have been a few albums based around samples taken from around the house made recently. There was Spheruleus' 'Light Through Open Blinds' and in 2015 Matmos made a fantastic album using just sounds they got from a washing machine. Brilliant! The latest is Michael Donnelly's 'Why So Mute, Fond Lover?' which uses (among other things) household appliances to make vigorous industrial electronica. 

Let me begin by saying how much I hate the title. It's just a bit creepy (the line was originally written by a poet called Sir John Suckling, so you know). On with the body of text! I love this album, it's a really interesting listen. The blank ambience of 'Gutter In The Brim' is as uncompromising as a whirring fan (perhaps it was made using one). The pieces that bookend the album, 'Motions Are Man' and 'Thick Skull', are both fractured, fractious, clanking industrial bangers with relentless beats and louche basslines. 

The use of commonplace objects is a democratic exercise and a way of creating music that is as otherworldly as it is tangible. Long may it continue. 







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