Valley Advocate: Figment – CD Review

December 16, 2009

Figment

Former Valley resident Matt Haimovitz, who has since departed for Montreal, takes the classical cello to places it’s seldom, maybe never seen. The first track is a highly unusual mash-up of acoustic cello, electronic beats, record scratching and sampled segments of strange musical talk. The friction has perhaps only one musical cousin: a combo of swing and hip-hop by the band Jurassic 5. From there, Figment travels to modern pieces (by the likes of Elliot Carter) whose strange melodies fly out of the speakers with a jagged beauty. Haimovitz coaxes unlikely sounds from his instrument (with the aid of electronics at a few points), and Figment is a sound voyage that constantly surprises with its sonic landscapes and its playfulness. The last track returns to multi-instrumental strangeness, with percussion and piano joining cello to back up nightmare-strange vocals. This is the work of a monstrously inventive player cavorting in uncharted territory.

by James Heflin

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