Matt Krefting

Krefting is a composer, performer, poet and writer based in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Krefting's deep-rooted chronology is seeded in the foundation of the Apostasy imprint, and its numerous transitory groups. He’s played in some of the most unwaveringly defiant Northeastern bands of the past decade including Son of Earth and The Believers and gained a formidable reputation for solo, tape based experimental work. His early sought after micro-editions led to the critically acclaimed 'High Hopes' and ‘Lymph Est’ - the gorgeous yet unsettling first album on Kye Records, in which ‘treated voices, piano, samples and T.V. grabs are ushered into a series of soft-focus miniatures that are built to be razed in a perpetual cycle of triumph and defeat.’

Matt Kreftings writing has been published by Glass Eye Books and Kendra Steiner Editions, as well as in The Wire.

Featured releases

Myers (former member of MancRap unit Violators of the English Language with Andy Votel, and whose artwork adorned classic ‘90s release by everyone from Lamb to Doves and Badly Drawn Boy), and Krefting (veteran of idiosyncratic tape miniatures and improv oddness for labels like Penultimate Press, Graham Lambkin's Kye, Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace! and cult Vancouver imprint Ascetic House) produce something much greater than the sum of its parts here, using a antique hand cranked Reginaphone - an archaic machine that plays both music box discs and 78s - to transport us into a crumbling, cassette dubbed wonderland. The pair explore the various anachronisms of the 100 year old family heirloom with results that are part sound art/sound poetry and part mechanical musical curio, delving into its cogs and wires with wonderfully time-out-of-joint effect springing fractured melodies and a drowsy oneiric ambience that gets under the skin. In five parts of fragmented melodic thought, plus a tremulous 13 minute coda, ‘Movements For Reginaphone’ modestly enchants to the horizontal, casting its magick in fairy dust sprinkles of music box melody and workshop detritus, with a rustling airiness that beautifully complements quieter listening spaces and mindsets, achieving a hazily nostalgic wooze that throws back to a barely plugged-in era, when one had to physically crank up their kit to get it working.  It's a fascinating, switched-on slice of sound that falls completely outside of easy classification; part history lesson, part turntablism and part tape music, an oddity that's unmissable whether you're into Cécile Schott's filigree "Colleen et les Boîtes à Musique", Graham Lambkin's deeply personal environmental music, or DJ Olive's genre-shifting, languorous experiments = one of the most quietly messed up but beautiful albums we’ve heard this year. ---

Rick Myers, Matt Krefting – Movements For Reginaphone + Cassette

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