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Pickup not available. Add to list. Add to registry. Vinyl LP pressing of this release. The six masterpieces collected here fit the logical continuum of Elliott's previous work, but a deeper listen reveals the true strength of the music and lyrics, capturing Matt Elliott - The Calm Before (Vinyl essence of what Elliott's art is all about - folk guitar virtuosity influenced by the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe; songs that start with whispered melodies and end with noisy storms; Elliott's deep, strong voice reaching new levels; and a tendency to avoid any well-known way of making music.
With The Calm Before Elliott delivers another masterpiece, adding a precious stone to his path through contemporary folk music. The haunted instrumental Guidance Is Internal harks back to the atmospheres of Howling Songs with its guitar parts full of scansions and muted threats. The music is transcendental but never seems afraid of the Album) of falling.
In Farewell To All We Know, Matt Elliott incessantly alternates between the dual desires to face up to the world or to protect himself from it. Hating The Player, Hating The Game is a lucid statement about the dullness of our daily lives sometimes, our right to get out of the game and no longer want to be part of it. Matt Elliott is tender but spares no one, particularly himself.
Aboulia speaks of the tiredness of living and of looming death while Crisis Apparition says that there is always a time for reconstruction after chaos, Album). This is like initially wearying wandering in the ruins of Aleppo with the slow dilution of the melody into a hallucinated drone.
However the smell of great fires always fades and the earth always regenerates. Matt Elliott seems to suggest that the survival instinct is stronger than any cold winds could ever be. Matt Elliott never sings of certainties and prefers possibilities. Possibly the worst is over? Maybe the storm has passed and devastated everything, now we just have to rebuild and live again. Farewell To All We Know shows us the distance that still needs to be walked and he walks next to you - right next to you, he is the friend who doesn't spare you the truth like all true friends really do.
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