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Matthew Herbert

Matthew Herbert

Pop music has various functions in today’s society, but seldom does it have significant meaning. That’s especially true for a lot of electronic club music. When you take away the strobe lights, designer drugs and the legions of dancers, you have pretty much the sonic equivalent of a computer screensaver.

The recent music of British electronica wizard Matthew Herbert is anything but perfunctory as evidenced on his latest CD, Goodbye Swingtime (Accidental), an inspired big-band collaboration with modern sonic flourishes that stands apart from his previous work. “The fact that it’s a big band record is extremely important and extremely irrelevant all at the same time,” Herbert explains. “I’m interested in making music that should work on its own and shouldn’t matter what form it takes. I was looking for the integrity behind the big band-the sort of harmonic and melodic ideas and sounds.

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