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Maxwell Sterling
Turn of Phrase
AD 93
Catalogue Number
Release Date
April 23, 2021

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Manchester-born composer Maxwell Sterling clearly delights in the anachronistic — a sensibility purely distilled within Turn of Phrase. There’s a sense of memory slippage to this LP; somewhat baroque in tone — exceedingly ornate and yet mysteriously melancholic — timbres and melodies collide and combust, simultaneously recalling both electronic-avant-garde approaches and the holy music of the ancients, composed in decaying, cryptic manuscripts.

It’s often hard to tell the synthesised from the organic, which also feels apt. The title track rolls out labyrinthine arps with a hint of Philip Glass minimalism at their muddied foundations, as synth stabs elevate the track into an obtuse club atmosphere, intermittently venturing into a slow-motion pocket dimension along the way. Meanwhile, a sonic drip feeds ‘Rage Aria’, a lithe, organic beast of archaic scales and neo-classical flourishes, mutated by tremolo-inducing interference. Crowning achievement of Turn of Phrase is the 7-minute opus ‘Tenderness’, its sly melodies and percussion wrapping themselves around the measured spoken word invocations of collaborator Leslie Winer.

All this, and Sterling is more tantalisingly ungraspable than ever. Turn of Phrase is a beguiling LP to be studied like an obscure fragment of scripture.

Artwork designed by Nicola Tirabasso
Mastered by Rashad Becker

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Eris 2:57 Buy
  2. 2 Turn of Phrase 5:27 Buy

    Turn of Phrase

  3. 3 Rage Aria 6:19 Buy
  4. 4 Decay Time 2:06 Buy
  5. 5 Exuding Latex 2:15 Buy
  6. 6 Speaking in the Tongues of Angels 6:16 Buy

    Speaking in the Tongues of Angels

  7. 7 Tremble Happy 3:29 Buy
  8. 8 2Nd Person Chamber Music 1:40 Buy

    2Nd Person Chamber Music

  9. 9 Tenderness feat. Leslie Winer 7:49 Buy

    Tenderness feat. Leslie Winer

  10. 10 Sumup 2:29 Buy

Maxwell Sterling

AD 93

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