M Sage | Catch A Blessing

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  1. A1 - Avondale Primer Gray 2:11
  2. A2 - Lions To Baffle 4:03
  3. A3 - Elevator Straffing 2:14
  4. A4 - Claiming Air Rights 5:36
  5. A5 - Michigan Turquoise 2:52
  6. B1 - Window Unit + Three Flat 9:24
  7. B2 - Polish Triangle 5:48
  8. B3 - Wolfe Point Fog 3:41

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Presented as a collection of ornately expressionistic portraits of Chicago, Sage approached this album more as paintings or sculptures than musical compositions. As Sage explains: “Learning to know less and to just feel more about what I am making has become important to me. I like, or am learning to like, the possibility of that openness, that uncertainty. Not knowing. It is uncomfortable, but it is nourishing.”

about the record

Matthew Sage is a composer, producer, label owner, and publisher based in Chicago, IL.

Recorded over a summer in a tiny room on the second floor of a 120-year-old apartment in Chicago, ‘Catch a Blessing’ is the result of and the meditation on the exquisite exhaust and lavish lushness of his crumbling (and rebuilt) locales.

Presented as a collection of ornately expressionistic portraits of Chicago, Sage approached the album more as paintings or sculptures than musical compositions. Album opener “Avondale primer Gray” unfurls a calm but vibrant quasi-melody that dissolves into a blur of found sonic objects both familiar unknown. “Lions to Baffle” is a semi-synthetic symphony of muted, sax-laden alien jazz, while “Elevator Straffing” maintains a whirling, glittering hum of echoed dissonance. “Claiming Air Rights” could be the literal sound of a piano floating through space, levitating despite an impossible weight. “Michigan Turquoise” brings an exquisitely eerie hymn with the same ghastly grace of Sparklehorse. Album centerpiece “Window Unit +Three Flat” is an open-ended epic of texture and ambiguity, immediately followed by the warped and trickling elegance of “Polish Triangle”. “Wolfe Point Fog” closes ‘Catch a Blessing’ with peculiar focus, departing with an open-ended and wholly optimistic focus.

The moods and modes are constantly, entirely at odds with themselves: private vs. public, abject vs. profound, rural vs. urban(e), and so on. Where other players of experimental studio music take a more high-minded, often stuffy approach, Catch a Blessing floats in airier, more refreshing modes. It’s endlessly lush but sincerely marked by decay. This is naturalism in the truest sense.

Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 33 × 33 × 0.5 cm

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