Boduf Songs is the name taken by Mat Sweet, who lives in Southampton
England. Sweet has released a number of limited edition CD-Rs by himself and
friends working in various combinations and playing music that ranged from
pure electronics to heavy rock on his Bluebaby Recordings label. Boduf
Songs was Sweet's first attempt at recording himself playing his own songs.
The album was recorded with an acoustic guitar, some cymbals, violin bow,
toy piano, manipulated field recordings and a computer.
A demo CD-R got to kranky (among other places) and we were floored.
Arrangements were made to release the Boduf Songs demo as it was, without
re-recording. The immediacy of the songs overcame the technical limitations
of the recording process. Sweet had created songs with memorable melodies,
artful arrangements and carefully placed effects. The Boduf Songs album
reminds the listener of a sunny English afternoon, with an ominous tinge of
approaching clouds. Sweet's collaged album art, taken from Victorian books,
lends a surreal air to the album. Mat Sweet will be recording a second
Boduf Songs album under more ideal conditions for release on kranky in 2006.
"Stark and dark psychedelia exquisitely woven by one M. Sweet. A thick,
oaken acoustic guitar dominates, but Sweet doesn't shy away from applying
cymbal splashes and string interludes (with some lovely harmonics feeding
back on "Claimant Reclaimed," a too-little-used technique of startling
beauty) at odd moments in the songs. In so doing he fills out their texture,
sometimes disorientingly, as with the strange chimes that devour the end of
"Lost in Forests," but he doesn't make them overdone or obscure. He never
creates too much of a diversion from the heavy, melancholy cores of the
songs. These morose incantations, these burnished prayers were wrought with
great care and intelligence emotional, musical, and dare I say spiritual.
What spirits are invoked I don't know, but I imagine they are as riveted as
I am to these haunted musings."
9/10 - Sal Addays, Foxy Digitalis, July 1, 2005
...this album is too damn short. It's easy to find this album playing on
repeat for the majority of the day. Not that this is a bad thing. This
album is unbelievably cool in that pitch black night sort of manner.
However, Boduf Songs can easily make one forget about any other albums that
might be lying around your apartment.
- Eric McPhail, Delusions of Adequacy, July 11, 2005
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