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The Unheard Mixtape 5: Abstractions in Sound

by Matthew Evan Taylor

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"Abstractions in Sound" is the final installment in Matthew Evan Taylor's "Unheard Mixtapes" series, commissioned by Metropolis Ensemble.

As composer Anthony R. Green writes in his liner notes for the project, "Crevices often contain the richest universes that can be passed, ignored, displaced, forgotten in a matter of seconds. Every person - who also is a unique world - contains multiple crevices which reveal themselves sometimes through speech, comportment, creativity. In Matthew Evan Taylor's Abstractions in Sound, his intimate musical crevices are laid bare for listeners to examine, absorb, intimate. The album, though separated into six distinct improvisations, suggests a journey containing a single path through various terrains, each with their own unique, rich crevices. Suffice it to say, this ultimately left-to-right journey is rife with micro- and macro-wanderings through space and time via musical phenomena: microtonal inflections, multiphonics, licks, vibrato extremes, tone beauty, tone ugliness, the harmonic series, vocal modulations, interruption, saturation, and so much more."


released January 26, 2021


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Matthew Evan Taylor Middlebury, Vermont

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hailed as “a promising new voice” (Lawrence Budmen, Miami Herald) and a “risk taker” (Neil De La Flor, Huffington Post) whose music is “insistent and defiant…envelopingly hypnotic” (Alan Young, Lucid Culture).

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