Matt Calvert Typewritten
Published Sep 05, 2018There are loads of artists who have explored the intersection of electronic music and traditional instrumentation, often incorporating the two in experimentation. Producer Matt Calvert, however, has taken it a step further: rather than focus on the intersection, he decided to look at the influence of electronic music on traditional instruments, especially percussive elements. What electronic sounds, Calvert wondered, could be recreated acoustically? Turns out the answer is lots of them.
Typewritten is an experimental, cohesive "electronic" album made entirely with strings, brass, reeds and a multitude of percussive instruments. This exploration and manipulation of organic percussion is showcased perfectly on "Nothing to Envy" and "Yu or Me"; the former uses tuned percussion to imitate the choppy beats post-production might add, while the latter uses the skittish, off-beat percussive snaps Flying Lotus has embraced while double bass, vibraphone and violin take on different textures in response.
Typewritten is an ambitious album, and its payoff is immediately evident in its varied coverage of sounds and styles, from downtempo to jazz-infused breakdowns. It's an explorative album that demands exploration in turn. (Truant)