Mitchell Keaney: Head, Gut, Heart LP (Gilgongo, 2021)

August 25, 2021 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Mitchell Keaney: Head, Gut, Heart LP

Brooklyn’s Mitchell Keaney recorded each of the pieces on his debut LP in a single take. They juxtapose slowly evolving minimalist electronic patterns with passages of poetry, and all are meant to evoke different listening states related to parts of the body. “Head” begins with clipped patterns that slowly expand and build outward, somewhat like Mark Fell but gradually this seems to reach a much freer state with its repetition; this doesn’t feel as academic or acrobatic. Eventually a beat anchors the patterns, but it’s in such an obtuse time signature that no DJ could logically mix it into a club set. “Gut” is split over both sides of the vinyl, and it has much sharper, stabbier tones at first, then a more forceful evolution during the second part, with the pace seeming to speed up contract. Throughout, it drops out for brief poems recited by Inky Lee, which express a loneliness and longing that the music itself doesn’t let show, or let itself be affected by. “Heart” starts out more minimal and with the album’s clearest tones, and eventually has a more pronounced beat, but it’s also erratic and doubles back and twists around at will.

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  1. […] Brooklyn’s Mitchell Keaney recorded each of the pieces on his debut LP in a single take. They juxtapose slowly evolving minimalist electronic patterns with passages of poetry, and all are meant to evoke different listening states related to parts of the body. “Head” begins with clipped patterns that slowly expand and build outward, somewhat like Mark Fell but gradually this seems to reach a much freer state with its repetition; this doesn’t feel as academic or acrobatic. Eventually a beat anchors the patterns, but it’s in such an obtuse time signature that no DJ could logically mix it into a club set. “Gut” is split over both sides of the vinyl, and it has much sharper, stabbier tones at first, then a more forceful evolution during the second part, with the pace seeming to speed up contract. Throughout, it drops out for brief poems recited by Inky Lee, which express a loneliness and longing that the music itself doesn’t let show, or let itself be affected by. “Heart” starts out more minimal and with the album’s clearest tones, and eventually has a more pronounced beat, but it’s also erratic and doubles back and twists around at will.https://theanswerisinthebeat.net/2021/08/25/mitchell-keaney-head-gut-heart-lp-gilgongo-2021/ […]


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