Last Things (album)

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about

"A beautiful collection of electronic-orientated pop songs that sound like old recordings that have been rediscovered and restored by a renegade computer; glitching and looping." - Notion ​

"Minute Taker is a haunting take on modern folk" - Red

"Last Things is an eleven-track masterpiece...Dark, symbolic and modern" - Right Chord Music

"It is McGarvey's inimitable voice combined with a lyrical honesty and broody, accessible sonic oddballness, which set him apart"
- The 405

Minute Taker is the pseudonym of Manchester-based alternative songwriter/producer Ben McGarvey. In 2008 Ben released his debut album Too Busy Framing to critical acclaim. Primarily recorded in his parents’ basement using an old piano, a PC and various gadgets, the resulting album was described by Manchester Evening News as “bursting with beautiful acoustic melodies and hooks”, and was recently declared "an underrated hidden gem " by The 405.

Minute Taker adopts a more expansive, electronic-orientated approach that could be described as dark dream pop with elements of glitch, industrial and lo-fi, drawing comparisons to Bat For Lashes, Björk and Thom Yorke.

Songs such as Merge, Alkali and Echo 2 are loaded with distorted beats, sweeping synthesisers and dense vocal layering.  Conversely, on other tracks, live instruments occupy the foreground with stark piano and string arrangements - such as Tin Box and Somewhere Under Water, which garnered a short-listing for Mojo Magazine’s 2011 New Voice Award. 

The clear threads that run throughout are the emotive melody lines and existential themes. Layers of floating vocal choirs, glockenspiel inflections and found-sounds form an ambient and often otherworldly back-drop.

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released April 15, 2013

Written and produced by Ben McGarvey.

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