Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

There are no wasted words here. No throwaway lines, no chord change for chord change’s sake. Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson’s eponymous debut album is out on Transgressive Records on 18th May 2009. The New York resident counts Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio and Christopher Bear of Grizzly Bear among his emotional investors. But those are just facts. Or speculation, maybe. No, they’re facts. I just read them on printed paper.

The bits worth talking about, though, are in the music. MBAR is part ramshackle drunken confessional and part soulful hymnal. It’s some serious 3am, propping up the bar fodder. Lyrically, he’s wry, witty and acute, spitting self-deprecation over raucous guitars. The production’s about as clean as his lifestyle – you get every mistimed brush of the sleeve on the guitar, a bunch of birdsong in the background and the shuffle of feet. The result is an album that sounds like it was recorded in about two hours, with the meter running outside. There’s a palpable sense of urgency, abandon, and, clearly forgetting that it shouldn’t really go with urgency and abandon… humour.

For a knock-kneed and haunting video of the opening track ‘Buriedfed’, go Here

And you can download the track Here

Hayley Avron

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