The Soft Pink Truth | Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
Matmos Member Drew Daniel was inspired to set to work on this new album following the election of Donald Trump as U.S President, and what he sees as the creeping rise of fascism around the globe. Yet instead of making it a solo musical expression of sadness, anger and frustration, he decided to gather together a bunch of like-minded musicians (guitars, strings, saxophone, vibraphone, percussion) and vocalists. The result is a suite of two 20-minute-plus tracks that smartly blend elements of Steve Reich style minimalism, neo-classical, ambient, deep electronica and otherworldly experimentalism to create stirring, emotion-rich epics. It may well be his greatest work to date, and that's saying something.
Glorious return from conceptual dynamo and pivot of the American avant garde Drew Daniel (Matmos) as The Soft Pink Truth, the shapeshifting vehicle for his wildest solo dreams - a strong recommendation for fans of Terre Thaemlitz, Colin Self, Matthew Herbert.
"Shall We Go On Sinning… began as an emotional response to the creeping rise of fascism around the globe. Daniel explains: “The election of Donald Trump made me feel very angry and sad, but I didn’t want to make ‘angry white guy’ music in a purely reactive mode. I felt that I needed to make music through a different process, and to a different emotional outcome, to get past a private feeling of powerlessness by making musical connections with friends and people I admire, to make something that felt socially extended and affirming.”
Those musical connections make this record what it is; vocals provided by the chorus of Colin Self, Angel Deradoorian and Jana Hunter form the foundation of most of the tracks, sometimes left unchanged as with opening line (“Shall”) or the sensuous R&B refrains on “We”, other times shrouded in effects, morphing into new forms. Stately piano melodies written by Daniel’s partner M.C. Schmidt as well as Koye Berry alongside entrancing vibraphone and percussion patterns from Sarah Hennies push tracks toward ecstatic and melodic peaks, while rich saxophone textures played by Andrew Bernstein (Horse Lords) and John Berndt are used to add color and texture throughout. The album’s overall sound was in part shaped by Daniel hosting Mitchell Brown of GASP during Maryland Deathfest. Daniel borrowed Brown’s Roland Space Echo tape unit which he then used extensively throughout to give the album a flickering, ethereal quality. The melodies, jubilance, and meditative nature of album provides a much-needed escape from the contemporary hell-scape. The process of creating Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?, in and of itself, is the Soft Pink Truth’s way of championing creativity and community over rage and nihilism."
- A Shall We Go On Sinning
- B So That Grace May Increase
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