Bastardgeist and Mat Riviere

Just added a whole bunch of stuff to Floating Limb featuring various string arrangements, cello work and commissions over in the Other Projects section.  Two of the most recent of these additions are a couple of albums I'm massively proud to have been involved with.

First is Mat Riviere's 'Not Even Doom Music'.  Just from the perspective of somebody who loves his music it feels like I've been waiting for forever for this to come out after having played his debut - 'Follow Your Heart' - into the ground when it was released on Brainlove Records in 2010. I was lucky enough to play with Mat at the Brainlove Festival back in 2011 and Bleeding Heart Narrative did a short tour with him some time after that, after which Mat asked me to do some string arrangements for a bunch of new tracks.  I think I took too long with the first lot of these and I'm not sure what happened to them but thankfully Mat stuck with me.  I actually found coming up with string parts to Mat's stuff pretty tricky at first as the melody lines, rhythms and chords (basically everything) are all so stark and to the point that adding anything else on top, even if its just a simple 2-note cello part, felt kind of ludicrously decadent at first.  It took me a while to get the hang of finding places where the strings would work without ruining the bare bones of the tracks, all of which I loved from the start.  So I think the main challenge was dealing with the pressure of not wanting to fuck up Mat's writing.  Hopefully I didn't.  I'm pretty pleased with how it all came out in the end anyhow...

http://matriviere.bandcamp.com/album/not-even-doom-music

The other album that's just gone up for pre-order this week is 'Infinite Lives' by Chicago's 'Bastardgeist' (aka Joel Midden).  Joel's another artist who BHN were lucky enough to tour with (at least for a few dates before he unfortunately got deported but think that's all sorted out now) and I've been a massive fan of his stuff since John Brainlove passed me on a copy of the self-titled first Bastardgeist album.  Joel's got an incredible voice, is mesmerically good on the marimba (rare you get to type that phrase) and his music's got a kind of joyous melancholy that I find hard to place.  Anyhow, the new album's fantastic, I did strings for four of the tracks and the short vinyl run is currently on pre-order.  If you know what's good for you...

http://bastardgeist.bandcamp.com/album/infinite-lives