REVIEW: ‘Imagine Gold’ – Frameworks

Frameworks – “Imagine Gold”

by Christopher Smith

Over the past four months, UK based producer Frameworks (aka Matt Brewer) has been teasing fans with a selection of singles in anticipation for the release of his third studio album “Imagine Gold”. Now the DJ and live act artist presents his latest, and by his own voice “perhaps most accomplished” long player in all its glory.

With “Imagine Gold”, Frameworks displays extensive exploration into sampling and analogue; citing long night drives back from shows as an inspiration that runs through the album, the intricacies, attention to detail and ability to expand on musical ideas are what sets ‘Imagine Gold’ apart from his previous work, and are a key component of him being so warmly welcomed into Emancipator’s Loci Records family.

Frameworks has neatly drip-fed singles from “Imagine Gold” ahead of the full release, giving clues as to its direction with four diverse tracks. The album in its full form expands on that diversity to incorporate different influences such as the house-coloured title track “Imagine Gold” to “Sandstone”, a trip-hop inspired piece that ensures Frameworks showcases his full array of wide-ranging musical tastes. Downtempo “Delphina” introduces the album, as electronic and synthesized elements provide the musicality, underpinned by acoustic live drums – a theme that exhibits a foundation that runs through “Imagine Gold’s” entirety.

The idea of cohesion is strong across the tracks. With clever use of evolving musical ideas that transcend individual songs, highlighted by the return of the chordal theme in the album’s penultimate track “Rotations”. While songs such as “Dark” show his considerable study of analogue with a heavily treated vocal making use of distortion and pitching, in keeping with the albums’ story. With further development into his live show coming off the back of “Imagine Gold’s” release and a substantial US tour alongside Loci Records stable mates Little People and Yppah, which include dates taking in Denver, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York City.

It feels befitting that Loci Records acts as the perfect breeding ground for Frameworks to evolve as an artist because “Imagine Gold” now sits as an example of an artist finding his place and sense of home within a label. Out of that partnership listeners are now treated to an audio voyage from a producer who has explored his artistic freedom to construct a body of accomplished soundscapes that showcase a new musical venture with his creative output.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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