MATT ELLIOTT: The Broken Man (Ici D’Ailleurs)

themilkman on Feb 16th 2012 01:37 am

Matt Elliott: The Broken Man

The Broken Man
Ici D’Ailleurs 2012
07 Tracks. 46mins33secs

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Matt Elliott first rose to fame as The Third Eye Foundation, a project he started in the mid nineties. He published his first album, Semtex, in 1996 on his own imprint before joining Domino a year later. For the next five years, he continued to work under that moniker, releasing three more albums between 1997 and 2000, and a collection of remixes of tracks by artists as diverse as Yann Tiersen, Tarwater or Blonde Redhead, in 2001. In 2003, Elliott’s work shifted to a much more personal level with The Mess We Made, an album of bleak, feverish folk which was followed by an even darker album trilogy, starting with Drinking Songs (2005), and Failing Songs (2006) and which concluded with Howling Songs (2008).

Sonically more stripped down than its predecessors, and increasingly filled with echoes of eastern European folk music, to which he adds Hispanic flavours, especially on opening tracks Oh How We Fell, Please Please Please, or later The Pain That’s Yet To Come, The Broken Man marks the opening of a new chapter in Elliott’s work. Continue Reading »

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