Matthew Young - Recurring Dreams
Matthew Young’s genre-bending, acclaimed 1986 release ‘Traveler’s Advisory’ reappeared as a reissue on Drag City / Yoga in 2010 and quickly sold out. We now return to Young’s first effort, ‘Recurring Dreams’, dating back to 1981 and the apex of the Eno / Berlin schools’ influence over myriad American followers. Young created eight EMS / Rhodes pieces solo, subtly weaving in variable-speed Revox manipulation of traditional rock instrumentation with the lightest of touches.
As anyone who has heard ‘Traveler’s Advisory’ already knows, Matthew Young could never be a mere imitator. What all too often amounted to predictable shtick in the field of early 80s home electronica, Young made personal, delicate, discreet and discrete. Wordlessly illustrating its titles - ‘Version, Inversion’, ‘The Forest Of Lilacs’ and ‘Mistral’ (a strong, cold, north westerly wind), Young conjures vivid, progressive tones of the unknown.
‘Recurring Dreams’ requires repeat listenings to fully reveal its Bonsai-like qualities. Fans of Erik Satie, JD Emmanuel, private-issue new age or the more placid side of minimal synth should take note of this one.
LP on Drag City