MATT DEACON: Matt Deacon
By Jessie Scoullar
Christchurch artist Matt Deacon's eponymous debut release is an instrumental album combining experimental electronica with something approaching metal and drum'n'bass. The sizzling guitar intro of opening track Backbounce led me to anticipate some mad drum solo followed by howling lead vocals - but these never eventuate, testament to the album's remarkable cross-over diversity. If confusion remained, track two Witness should have cleared things up, with its dark swirly samples and grinding edginess. ThreeFourFast is a favourite, taking the listener back to grinding guitars and simple power chords. Lamento De Bronty goes in another direction altogether, and along with Ezekiel includes traces of Eastern influence in the guitars, building on a couple of riffs to grow into a sprawling soundscape. Journey again switches gear, driven by samples and verging on dime-a-dozen sterile electronica. Six looked to be heading the same route but inside the first minute breaks out a mean guitar riff and is saved. It's a self-produced and self-released limited run from this Christchurch artist, available from Galaxy and Radar in Christchurch. Recommended.