HERBERT - THE SHAKES (2LP)


""The Shakes" is Matthew Herbert's first album under the name HERBERT since 2006's dark orchestral disco fantasy 'Scale' (K7!). The album deals with intensely personal issues such as raising young children against a backdrop of an increasingly unstable world and, amongst other things, utilizes the sound of used bullets and shells from eBay as part of its soundscape. Herbert himself suggests that the record can be seen as a treatise on how "music helps to motivate, provide respite and divert us from the challenges of the everyday" and that it is "electronic music for the soul"." Musicians featured on The Shakes include Dave Okumu (The Invisible, Jessie Ware) on guitar, Sam Beste (Hejira, Amy Winehouse) on keyboards, organ, saxophonist Ben Castle (Quincy Jones, Radiohead), trombonist Alistair White (Van Morrison, Blur) and Chris Storr (Beyonce, James Brown) on trumpet. Vocalists on the album include Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne (Hejira, Nitin Sawhney) and Ade Omotayo (Kindness, Amy Winehouse) and notable highlights include Herbert's Grandfather's piano and a piano from Wormwood Scrubs on Smart, the sounds of UK protest marches (on Strong) and the sound of used bullets and shells from eBay on Safety. Most notable of all however is Father Wills, the vast church organ of St Jude's church in Hampstead that provides the huge depth and scale on much of the album." (label info) also available on CD
soon in stock - please pre-order | UK| 2015| ACCIDENTAL | 29.90


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