Matthew Herbert takes his one-of-a-kind sensibility back to the Roaring `20s, when big band swing music was all the rage. Goodbye Swingtime combines swing jazz and abstract electronics to startling and surprising effect. The vocals (like on "Fiction") only enhance this feel of both retro and nouveau. There's moodiness present ("The Three W's") as well as wistful ("The Many and the Few"). The surreal stop-start aspect of the music is enhanced by the fact that actual musicians are playing the music, rather than using samples. It's an album that defies expectation and raises Herbert's work to a completely different level. In a word: outstanding.