Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chris Abrahams - Play Scar

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Play Scar
is a wonderfully adventurous ode to creative play. It plays out like a Room40 mixtape, collecting strange ideas from a larger pool of people, except that Chris Abrahams is instead one man full of Room40 artists. The album is a wealth of curious realities and questions: questions like, Where am I?, that bring an inquisitive smile to the face. This world is not full of dread, like so many other experimental noise records tend to be. Abrahams is not daring the listener; he’s telling stories or describing new places, lush with detail. Even after diving off a deep end or three, the final song “Leiden” comes in to seduce and stabilize the situation for a true sense of closure. This record is a fascinating journey, and with the piano leading the way, it is accessible and relaxed enough for someone new to unconventionally-structured music.

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