One Pig by Matthew Herbert
Released: Oct 2011
Label: Accidental Records Ltd
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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