MATTHEW FRIEDBERGER – Matricidal Sons of Bitches

January 01, 1970

(Thrill
Jockey)

 

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Various
selections from the Fiery Furnaces’ massive artful discography have a tendency
to sound a bit…well, abrasive. This is coming from someone who enjoyed Rehearsing My Choir, the album Matthew
and Eleanor Friedberger recorded with their grandmother. After a series of solo
albums, each built around one different instrument, brother Matthew has further
pushed the patience envelope with Matricidal
Sons of Bitches
.

 

The
62-minute album consists of 45 tracks that serve as a soundtrack to an
imaginary horror movie, inspired by old films that used “synchronization
services” when production companies couldn’t afford to pay soundtrack
royalties. Translation: Friedberger sits at his keyboard noodling around on
little motifs with slight variation here and there, which do evoke cinematic
cues. But without the images on the silver screen, it becomes the music of
buttons being pushed which gets old quickly. Unless you derive amusement from
the voice on the keyboard that replicates an operatic tenor vocalist, or the occasional
sample that combines beats and dead air.

 

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