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Album Review: Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection by Matthew E. White
Very Good, Based on 2 Critics
Pitchfork - 74 Based on rating 7.4/10
Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection invites direct comparison to one of the most inspired purple patches in modern musical history: Miles Davis' electric period of the 1970s. The album's genesis is bold to begin with: In 2018, keen to kick old songwriting habits, Matthew E. White went into the studio with his septet to record a series of improvisational sessions in the spirit of the hard-driving fusion that Davis pursued from 1969's In A Silent Way to 1975's Agharta.
The work of Lonnie Holley is singular, to say the least. His improvisational vocals are a beautiful, burbling stream of consciousness; his visual art floods from a similar place, a combination of sculpture, bricolage, and whatever else works for the moment. Basically, he lives the "BE HERE NOW ….