on 22 May 2010
Given his tragically short lifetime it is a real thrill to have new Martyn Bennett music to listen to and this album has not been a disappointment at all. It sounds great and the interpretations of tracks already available bring something extra, particularly Aye for me. And then there is the new music, the most significant being the `Piece' which I'm enjoying. For those already aware of his talents I'd think this is a must buy and for others it's an excellent introduction to his music, which years later I still find inspiring. Not to forget the two tracks by Fraser Fifield, Kilchoan Ferry is more immediately accessible to me, but The Beast sits very well on the album. As a whole Mr McFall's Chamber have produced a fine collection of work and captured the spirit of Martyn's music - and that is perhaps the most important thing. The only sad aspect is it makes one wonder what might have been.
on 26 July 2010
This album is quite different to many of the earlier Martyn Bennett albums, from where a few of the tracks are drawn. The electro-techno edge is softened, somewhat in the same direction as Bennett himself moved in his later couple of albums, but the intricate piping is well in evidence and the overall package is extremely pleasing with a variety of foot-stompers and more mellow tracks. I'd heartily recommend this album, and will be looking out for other material by Fraser Fifield on the back of it.