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Four Assignments (& Other Pieces)

by Max Syedtollan/ Plus-Minus Ensemble

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    This collection of music from autodidact composer Max Syedtollan (fka Horse Whisperer) sees him elaborating upon the chamber music approach of 2019’s ‘Planctae’, in collaboration with London/Brussels collective ‘Plus-Minus Ensemble’ - presenting three new pieces all written in the last year.

    Freewheeling narratives unravel to mutant, agile and often weirdly funny music - the everyday and the historical colliding in joyous ostranenie. Fractured string and woodwind arrangements vie with almost teenage-punk-bandy guitar ‘n’ drums, in an idiosyncratic yet irresistable explosion of virtuoso amateurism. Researches into esoteric archaeology leak into dissociative autobiography, the presence of ‘text’ flooding every corner of these strange and intricate musical microcosms.

    The album comes with a specially designed sleeve by artist Celina Eceiza along with a risograph printed essay by Neil Luck. It arrives as a limited edition cassette run of 150.

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This collection of music from autodidact composer Max Syedtollan (fka Horse Whisperer) sees him elaborating upon the chamber music approach of 2019’s ‘Planctae’, in collaboration with London/Brussels collective ‘Plus-Minus Ensemble’ - presenting three new pieces all written in the last year.

Freewheeling narratives unravel to mutant, agile and often weirdly funny music - the everyday and the historical colliding in joyous ostranenie. Fractured string and woodwind arrangements vie with almost teenage-punk-bandy guitar ‘n’ drums, in an idiosyncratic yet irresistable explosion of virtuoso amateurism. Researches into esoteric archaeology leak into dissociative autobiography, the presence of ‘text’ flooding every corner of these strange and intricate musical microcosms.

The album comes with a specially designed sleeve by artist Celina Eceiza along with a risograph printed essay by Neil Luck. It arrives as a limited edition cassette run of 150.

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released November 5, 2021

Side A: ‘Four Assignments’ (2020) -
Text & music by Max Syedtollan
Performed by Max Syedtollan & Plus-Minus Ensemble
(Plus-Minus Ensemble:
Mira Benjamin - Violin
Mark Knoop - Piano / Accordion
Alice Purton - Cello
Justin Quinn - Guitar
Joseph Richards - Percussion
Vicky Wright - Clarinet/Bass clarinet )

Side B: ‘The Remainder’ (2020)
Text by Romy Danielewicz
Music by Max Syedtollan
Performed by Romy Danielewicz and Max Syedtollan
Recorded by Curtis Elvidge at Premises Studios (London)
Mixed by Ronan Fay at Green Door Studio (Glasgow)

Artwork by Celina Eceiza

This work was made possible by
Sound and Music's New Voices programme;

New Voices is supported by:
Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, RVW Trust

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