Boomkat Product Review:
Now we've been looking forward to this album since the moment we caught our breath back after being swooned by 2002's 'Playthroughs'. Since then our ears have been stretched and ravaged by the sounds thrust forth from our vinyl pick up's on the limited vinyl ep's 'Antithesis' and 'Schöner Flußengel' and now at last it's time for 'Multiples'. This album harks back to the 50's, 60's and 70's when each quantum leap forward in electrical instrumentation was embraced by the lucky, selective few whose task it was to wrench all the mite out of these miracle instruments - often inadvertantly hitting on abstract loveliness in strange and wonderful tones. Keith's time lecturing at Harvard University gave him open access to step into his peer's shoes to bring forth his own ideas and inspirations through a host of both delicate and humungous analogue beasts. 'Multiples' starts out quite delicately as a tuned hi-hat cymbal (sounding like an alto gong) is recorded - honing in on the vibrative drone sounds that give this piece a deep devotional, meditational feeling. The rustic mixing desk styled Serge Modular Prototype provides the sounds for the next piece - cascading cavernous and echoic drones dive towards earth at differing paces while earth bound receptors fire back blasts of welcome static and burble away in excited rapture - an extraordinary three part piece. For the next track Ina-GRM man Jean Claude Risset lends his early Yamaha Disklavier Prototype keyboard - with this instrument Keith lays down an incredible track - repeating piano riffs wrap themselves around some absolutely gorgeous, heavenly, lush drone tones from a Italia Modena Electric Guitar - one of the tracks of the year so far. Next the Farfisa Compact Duo Deluxe keyboard spikes your mind with sublime notes backed up by jazzed minimal drum patterns and bleep chimes. The final two pieces meld acoustic guitar with the telephone switchboard aping Buchla Music Box 100 and software shaping, if you hear a finer fifteen minutes of music all year then I want to know about it (I've been lucky enough to see one of Keith's travel movies which i'm sure one of these pieces provides the soundtrack to). I never thought 'Playthroughs' would be bettered, how naïve of me to underestimate this talented producer (bring on a DVD) - 'Multiples' is surely album of the year material. Beyond essential.