09 Sep 2016

Mathew Roth: The Vulture & The Sparrow

a3220467487_10Our first September release has been prepared by someone very well-known to all members of Fluttery Records family. His name is Mathew Roth and after his successful albums “Immersion” and “Written & Unsent”, he is coming with his third piece “The Vulture & The Sparrow”.

Let us remind you something of Mathew’s background. Mathew began his musical career behind a drum set. He played the drums for close to 15 years, playing out around town and touring with various metal acts. The next step in his career was presented by his uncle Harold, who, after talking with Mathew about his interest in the piano, bequeathed to him his wife’s piano; a Kranich and Bach upright console. The next year was spent in an intensive retreat into music, where Mathew wrote, practiced and also recorded. After his uncle passed away, Mathew set off for a 6-week journey and walked 500 miles across Spain, which was a very transformative event in his life and incorporates much of what he experienced into the current musical projects he is working on.

Fluttery Records present Mathew Roth’s breathtaking modern classical work. With the cadence and candor of a cinematic score, The Vulture & the Sparrow is a musical journey through the darkness and back out to the light. Interwoven amongst the tracks is a very haunting and percussive piano, transcendent violin, and a cello saturated in earthiness which come together to create an experience that is both ethereal and grounding. Carefully chosen and interspersed synthesizers add an additional element that is unique to this album.

This album is similar to “Immersion” in that both are microcosmic interpretations of something, this album is just a different object of interpretation; the very well known, very human, and very despairing internal struggle of the dark against the light.”

The title of this album is very applicable to the feeling of the music. The instruments play off each other in a fashion similar to a duet, most notably in the title track. There is a constant theme of a dance between them, one proposing an idea and then another offering a new perspective.

“The Vulture is one person, and the sparrow is another, and yet of course they are both the same. They are always the same, and they create each other. The reason I chose the vulture as a theme is because I believe that these birds are misunderstood, as is much of what is dark, including aspects of ourselves.”

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10 Mar 2016

A new experiment of Mathew Roth: Written & Unsent

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Our first March release has been prepared by someone very well-known to all members of Fluttery Records family. His name is Mathew Roth and after his successful album “Immersion”, he is coming with his second piece “Written & Unsent”. Let us remind you something of Mathew’s background.

Mathew began his musical career behind a drum set. He played the drums for close to 15 years, playing out around town and touring with various metal acts. The next step in his career was presented by his uncle Harold, who, after talking with Mathew about his interest in the piano, bequeathed to him his wife’s piano; a Kranich and Bach upright console. The next year was spent in an intensive retreat into music, where Mathew wrote, practiced and also recorded.

After his uncle passed away, Mathew set off for a 6-week journey and walked 500 miles across Spain, which was a very transformative event in his life and incorporates much of what he experienced into the current musical projects he is working on.

Written & Unsent is an exploration into the versatility of the piano; an attempt to play the instrument in a unique way. Roth’s heavy influence in rhythm and percussion is obvious in this album, as it will, at times, embody the emotion of a percussive instrument more so than a melodic one. The playing swings between extremes of soft and delicate melodies into a bass-drum-thumping rhythm which you will find yourself bobbing your head to. “When I first discovered my love for the piano it was because I realized that I could play it like a drum. I had been playing drum set for 15 years but grew tired of it. One day I started playing ‘drum beats’ on a piano and a little lightbulb went off in my head. The subtlety and melody that was lacking was now here.” Says Roth of his playing style.

This album is unique for Roth in a few ways. In “Immersion” he favors a heavy reliance upon violin and cello structure to tie the pieces together; the piano is often simple to leave room for the strings, yet W&U is filled with powerfully driven solo piano which encapsulates the entire spectrum of sound. It was only because of the desire to play live shows, and the difficulty in finding strings players, that drove Roth to write more piano driven pieces. Roth says that he is happy with how the album turned out, but he still sees it as more of an experiment. “The next album, which I’ve been enjoying obsessing over for the past few months, will definitely incorporate more strings and other instrumentation.”

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07 Dec 2015

Mathew Row’s modern classicals: Immersion

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We are starting December with a very special classical music record. Immersion is Mathew Row’s first endeavor into the world of modern classical music, and his first serious pursuit of album production as well. The result is just amazing, that’s why we felt a strong desire to get him in our label as soon as we listened to his pieces. We hope that you will enjoy this artist from Ithaca, New York as we do.

Immersion also has a very cosy feeling. For him, the experience of doing all the production work himself was “terribly important”. Mathew says “If I had sent the music off to be recorded / mixed / mastered by a professional which I was tempted to do many times, it would have come back to me in a different language, the intimacy would have been lost.”

Before talking more about the album, let’s have a look at his musical background. Mathew began his musical career behind a drum set. He played the drums for close to 15 years, playing out around town and touring with various metal acts. During these years he also taught himself to play guitar and a little bit later, he fell in love with piano, too, when he found an old electronic keyboard from his childhood. On this keyboard “Tiger Lilly” was written.

The kickstart to what happened next was on behalf of the kindness of Mathew’s great uncle, Harold, who, after talking with Mathew about his interest in the piano, bequeathed to him his wife’s piano; a Kranich and Bach upright console. The next year was spent in an intensive retreat into music, where Mathew wrote, practiced, recorded, and produced the album “Immersion”, on this very special piano, which was released in the summer of 2014. Harold was able to hear the finished version of the album, before passing away the next year.

After this Mathew embarked upon a 6 week journey with his aunt, Cathryn Smith, to walk the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile trek across Spain. He describes this as a very transformative event in his life and incorporates much of what he experienced into the current musical projects he is working on. You can easily pick up on this with Mathew’s more recent compositions in the walking tempo of the pieces and the frequent and repetitive motif’s that echo the slow, steady, and simplistic lifestyle on the Camino.

Mathew Roth’s debut album, Immersion, is an introspective journey into the more subtle rhythms of the Earth and the human experience. Written and recorded in “The Tea House”, as he fondly refers to the 10×10 hut where he resided in Virginia for the year that this album took to produce, Immersion incorporates many nuances and “imperfections” that add to the ambience of the experience, such as footsteps, sliding piano keys, a crackling fire, and bird calls. Mathew refers to the production of this album as “a way for me to bring what was hidden into the light.”

What made us made us fall in love with his music before signing him to the label was mainly his amazing piano / strings driven compositions which brings us to lands of other worlds. (Personally it makes feel walking on bare foot on a meadow made of grass and tiny little flowers.)

Let’s give the last words to Mathew Roth. “Every song on this album is about a very profound and particular experience for me. My writing process involved taking a freeze frame of a memory or emotion, and taking a magnifying glass to that very specific moment, and expanding it into music.”

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