Modern Nature

Modern Nature – How To Live (album review)

by Woody on September 7, 2019

Photo by James Sharp

Enjoying How To Live makes me think that I am good at listening to music. The new project of Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting, Mazes) and Will Young(BEAK>, Moon Gangs) is a weird mix of genres that isn’t something I would label as immediately gripping. I mean; the album opens up with some morose strings. Not exactly the advert for a pick me up album.

But next thing you know, you’re off on this bizarre trancy track, Footsteps; a nice blend of krautrock and skronk. That’s followed by the meditative folk track, Turbulence. Reminds me of the fragility heard so often on Big Thief’s U.F.O.F. They finish on a high note with Nature; some real tasty guitar solos in that one. And then you finish up with Devotee, a meandering tune that feels like the perfect end to this album.

Overall, this is a delightfully challenging and rewarding album. Well worth your time.

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Photo by James Sharp

Modern Nature is the new project of Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting, Mazes) and Will Young(BEAK>, Moon Gangs). I’m more familiar with Cooper’s work as I’ve spent some considerable time with Ultimate Painting. This is definitely a little different but I really dig it. How To Live will see the light of day on 8/23 via the fine folks at Bella Union. Here’s some info from the PR team

On How to Live, urban and rural cross into each other. Plaintive cello strains melt into motorik beats. Pastoral field recordings drift through looping guitar figures. Rising melodies shine with reflective saxophone accents, placing the record somewhere between the subtle mediations of Talk Talk, the stirring folk of Anne Briggs and the atmospheric waves of Harmonia.

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