Boomkat Product Review:
After dropping one of 2011's most outstanding releases with the 'Daydream Repeater' LP, Matthew Papich carefully shreds his way through another stack of samples for his follow-up, 'Soft Power Memento' on Hands In The Dark. Like a maximalist Jan Jelinek, his fragmented construction technique uses shards of sound to build a bigger picture, sparse yet colourful collages full of melodic depth and dynamic movement. Here he's largely sampled from Jazz and lounge records, as opposed to the dub and pop vibes on the aforementioned LP, but there's still traces of everything from '60s girl groups to Hip Hop and classical records flitting around in his nebulous avant-pop splices. It's an airy, inverted sound - white cubed sonic spaces meticulously adorned with mercurial snippets of spindly, sharply contoured references which sometimes feel as though the slightest breeze could send them all tumbling, yet somehow retain their structure through taut, precise arrangement. To some extent, it's a pop-friendly simulation of Mark Fell or Oval's academic practice, blended with the kaleidoscopic fractals of Position Normal and the adroit mixing desk economy of King Tubby, but with a knowingly naif and indie agenda that's entirely endearing to these ears.