Matthew Herbert reforms as Herbert for his latest album Musca.
The 13 track album features guest vocalists Verushka , Siân Roseanna, Allie Armstrong, Bianca Rose, Melissa Uye-Parker, Daisy Godfrey, and Joy Morgan. While the album is mixed by the artist himself, Herbert also took to Grammy winning engineer Mandy Parnell who was worked with the likes of Björk, Brian Eno and Aphex Twin.
Speaking about Musca, Herbert said, “Like presumably many other albums made during the last year, Musca reflects on navigating the challenges and joys of our most intimate relationships whilst the world is in turmoil. Not just with Covid, but with the rise in state and political violence, facebook-friendly fascism, white supremacy and a climate in crisis.”
Matthew Herbert fans have had it good this year — on top of releasing a highly anticipated album brimming with exceptional collaborations, earlier this March, Herbert premiered his documentary A Symphony of Noise that took him ten years to make. Check out the trailer below.
Unlike his band band project The Matthew Herbert Big Band where the album The State Between Us saw collaborations with more than 1000 musicians across Europe, Musca sees Herbert returns to a more contemplative and introspective approach. The global pandemic is one of the main reasons that the guest vocalists and musicians collaborating on Musca have never worked or met with Herbert before — it also meant that all recordings were self-done in isolation. Apart from the vocalists, musicians including Nick Ramm, Tom Herbert, Tom Skinner, Finn Peters, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian and Leo Taylor were also a part of the making of Musca.