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Charles Matthews brings us a second piece after his well received ‘Back in’ EP. It bears similarity in structure to the first release and is a resolutely electronic work.
Listening to it you feel close to a force, witnessing something without understanding it. One feels the sort of fear and uncertainty one might experience swimming with whales. There seems no ill intent, but you can’t be certain you have been noticed enough to be considered.
These sounds do not pander. You don’t feel you are here to be entertained. There is wisdom, and an ageing beauty in this work, which transcends the merely pretty. You get no sense of an artist here. It seems there is something that is happening of its own volition. It doesn’t just move through the musician; it moves through you as if you were not the last recipient.
I would describe this as a very personal piece. It certainly has been for me. It is like an unspeaking stranger you come to feel you understand, and I feel sure that if you spend some time with it, you will thank me for the introduction.