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Susan Matthews - From Veliko [PE08]

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"'From Veliko’ was in part, inspired by a recent visit to Veliko Tarnovo (the medieval capital of Bulgaria). Most days I wandered to The Monument Of The Assens. I sat and contemplated the old town across the Yantra river, where the ‘hanging houses’ cling precariously to the steep hillside, some are literally crumbling and sliding towards the river below.This seeming fragility is reflected in both the music & lyrics I composed for this project.‘’The road from Veliko’ is also a metaphor for a psychological journey - from the darkness of depression back towards the light."
Susan Matthews
  1. The Road From Veliko (Part One)
  2. A Room Of Lights
  3. St Paul In The Yantra
Susan Matthews From Veliko back cover

Composed, performed, and produced by Susan Matthews
Photography and design by Mark Ingram
Created for Netlabel Day 2016.

'From Veliko' is also available on CD from Sirenwire and Norman Records

Reviews for From Veliko

Norman Records

While it starts on the sort of crumbling piano composition Grouper might have made circa ‘Ruins’, these three tracks all feel distinct, with “A Room of Lights” offering a downbeat song in the vein of Mount Eerie -- a cracked and desperate vocal atop a dinky keyboard preset that feels both homely and homesick. “St Paul In The Yantra” is a foggier, more traditional drone piece, covering over the city it’s tributing with a thick layer of cloud. Think Siavash Amini on this tune: a slow-moving but deeply affectionate sound. A good set.

Susan Matthews

Piano, treated sounds, voice
Susan Matthews is a UK based composer/musician, known for her intense, ambitious, hypnotic harmonies and industrial noise creations. She began composing experimental music, described by da/73 as ‘...dazzling abstractions of grace and beauty’, in 1999 and has developed a comprehensive CV of achievements, including gallery works, festival inclusions, artist residencies, live performances and radio airplay, both home and abroad.

Since her early work, Susan has been poking nerve endings with poetic laments, ghost voices, and industrial noise. She's successfully combined fragmented conversations with broken music, and desolate pianos with quietly ominous electronic tones to create soundscapes with astonishing emotional complexities.
Dan Schaffer (writer/artist: Creator of DOGWITCH, THE SCRIBBLER and KILLDARLINGS)

Released for Netlabel Day July 14 2016

Netlabel day cover

Released by: Pilot Eleven Netlabel
Release/catalogue number: PE08
Release date: July 14 2016

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