Boduf Songs – This Alone Above All Else (CD)
The fourth Boduf Songs extended play was created using Mathew Sweet’s standard recording set up of a single microphone and a small array of instruments, but it comes with a few surprises – most notably the prominence of electric guitar, bass and stomping drums on a few tracks.
All of the elements that make his previous sound creations so arresting are still present; the impeccable song structures, the minimal approach, the delicate yet dominant singing.
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The album opens with the naked sound of the hammers of an old upright piano striking strings, an apt metaphor for the lyrical content which is just as raw and exposed. Mathew broadens his vocal approach here, exploring range and employing some unpredictable, well-placed harmonies. T
This Alone Above All Else In Spite Of Everything is effectively a concept record, and makes for a dramatic journey. Mat states “There is a theme that runs through each song and the track order is paramount to that – it’s a hugely important part of making a record work.” So pay attention.