COVID-19 Response at Fishpond.com.au

Read what we're doing...

Grit
By

Rating

Product Description
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Martyn Bennett (strings, small pipes, harmonium, samples, sound effects); Petrea Cooney (vocals); Sorren Maclean, John Barlow (guitar, drums, loops); Kristen Bennett (cello, piano).
  • Tributees: Hamish Henderson; Martyn Bennett.
  • Personnel: Martyn Bennett (guitar, strings, small pipes, harmonium, programming, sampler).
  • Audio Mixer: Martyn Bennett.
  • Liner Note Authors: Martyn Bennett; Peter Gabriel.
  • Recording information: Real World Studios.
  • Photographer: BJ Stewart.
  • Ever since Martin Swan's Mouth Music project sputtered to a disappointing halt around 2000, there had been a hole in the music world that was waiting to be filled by someone else willing to take unabashedly traditional Scottish music and juxtapose it with unashamedly slamming breakbeats and 21st century production techniques. Martyn Bennett had actually been working that territory since his eponymous debut in 1995 but really came into his own in the years since; Grit is a tour de force of avant-folk fusion music on which he manages to craft irresistibly hip-shaking beats and bring them to bear on traditional material without sacrificing any of the stark beauty of his source material. "Chanter" is a simultaneous celebration of house music, bagpipe technique, and the Scottish vocal tradition of puirt a beul; "Nae Regrets Medley" samples an old man singing what sounds like a variation on the bawdy song "Bonny Black Hare," and throws it in with metal-edged guitars, orchestral strings, and a big beat rhythm that would make Fatboy Slim weep all over his decks; the aptly titled "Rant" makes exquisitely intricate use of layered and rhythmically manipulated vocal samples, dubwise sound manipulation, and a Shetland fiddle. On "Wedding," Bennett creates a minimalist but richly textured quilt of sound with an altered fiddle, Gaelic spoken-word samples, and eventually, a simple one-two beat. That last track is more interesting than fun, but the rest of the album comes down solidly on the latter side. Brilliant. ~ Rick Anderson
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.51) - "GRIT is another bold and unusual album....It's an album that requires multiple listens in order to sift through its layers of sonic depth."
Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
Home » Music » World Music » Europe » Scottish
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 8% commission by selling Grit on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top