One Pig by Matthew Herbert
Released: Oct 2011
Label: Accidental
There's not much that Matthew Herbert hasn't sampled. Brushing teeth, biting apples and cheering clubbers have all proved grist for his sonic mill. Now he turns his mic on a lone pig, whose life he captures from birth to death to dinner -- a posthumous coda of sorts, featuring smacking lips and clinking silverware. Formally, it's more abstract than Herbert's warm-hearted house music, but it's not as forbidding as you'd expect. The rustling rhythms and subdued tones are meant to create a space that invites contemplation -- over the music, the choices we make and the systems that bind us.
Philip Sherburne
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