Montauk Variations heads the list of Stewart Lee’s records of 2012 in The Sunday Times!December 10th, 2012
Lee has already reviewed Montauk in The Times earlier this year:
“Matthew Bourne is found in typically excitable mode on the newly released Everybody Else But Me, alongside the saxophonist Tony Bevan.
But, with Bourne alone at the piano, Montauk Variations’ meditative improvisations instead use cautiously melodic figures to trace penumbral shadows of memory and regret. Bourne’s obstreperous other self surfaces on Within and Abrade, stroking the keyboard and the instrument’s innards simultaneously, but Smile, written by Charlie Chaplin for Modern Times, closes a deceptively devastating collection, stripped of its cinematic sentiment into a haunting skeletal solo.” (01/02/12)
So, having been a fan of Lee’s work for many years (since Fist of Fun in the mid-’90’s), I’m extraordinarily happy that I have been able to reciprocate in some small way via my own work as a musician.
You can order it directly from the website shop while stocks last – it’ll make the perfect Christmas gift: endless hours of listening, fun for all the family…