Matthew Friedberger - Matricidal Sons of Bitches (1 star)

Self-indulgent experimental album from one half of the Fiery Furnaces

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Matthew Friedberger - Matricidal Sons of Bitches

Matthew Friedberger’s (one half of brother/sister duo the Fiery Furnaces) latest album – which follows a gargantuan eight-record run last year – is an equally epic body of work; but more down to its size than its content. With an accompanying explanation detailing the elaborate and almost infuriatingly pretentious premise of composing music for a soundtrack to a horror movie that doesn’t exist, Friedberger’s Matricidal Sons of Bitches is a 45-piece collection of bit part musical sketches, running in four acts. Arranged like a soundtrack, supposedly telling a story with each passing movement, it cobbles together glitchy homages to classic film score atmospherics and dynamics, while experimenting with orchestral arrangements/samples and self-indulgent noodling, but will likely offer little entertainment to anyone residing outside of Friedberger’s own skull.

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