Unique and dreamy samples – voices, acoustic guitar phrases, clocks, found sounds – chopped and assembled into beautiful rhythmic collages. That’s how I would describe Two Hearted, the latest recording by Blithe Field on Messy Life Records. Listen to beautiful wave ’74 for a good idea of what the music is about.
The vinyl arrived in my mailbox as a result of my participation in Kickstarter project a couple of months back. The site has been around for quite a while, but this is the first time I’ve contributed to a project. In my mind, Kickstarter is a perfect marriage of the arts and technology, providing for a kind of arts patronage, while cutting out the middleman (mostly – Kickstarter takes a 5% cut of the funds for successfully funded projects, and Amazon takes another 3-5% in credit card processing fees). The artist gets to make art, and fans get to support the artist and are rewarded in lots of unique ways. At my participation level – I think it was $25 bucks – I received a copy of the recording on vinyl, my name in the liner notes as a supporter (as a liner notes lover, this is something of a thrill), two CDs of prior work by the artist, and – surprise! – the instruction manual for the SNES version of F-Zero. Rad. Browsing through the collection of Kickstarter projects restores a little bit of my waning faith in humanity.