Producer and multi-instrumentalist Piper Street Sound, aka Matt Mansfield of Atlanta, Ga, returns with Barrier Island. Dedicated to the imperiled Cumberland Island, this work reflects Mansfield's deep love for Georgia's wild places and the inspiration found there.
This is music for runs through foggy dawns. These four instrumental pieces of nuanced electronic production float within a cloud of Dub effects and natural soundscapes. Sonic suggestions of water, birds, and insects feature throughout, culminating in the end piece ‘al·lu·vi·al’, an exploration into dripping rhythms and splashes of Dub-infused spring reverb. Piper Street's stock-and-trade multi-layered mechanical tapestry approach is here woven with acoustic instruments and hand played percussion. Mansfield’s last few works had a dizzying effect while Barrier Island shows the producer in a more intimate, personal light. Where once were strident flourishes, now are found slowly-dawning epiphanies. Dark themes that on earlier work seemed ominous, here are more plaintive. This is an EP of quiet beauty, tinged with an urgent plea for ecological balance.
Cumberland Island, the inspiration for this EP, is one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on the East Coast. Once owned in turns by the Spanish military, plantation-based agricultural concerns, and Gilded Age robber barons, the bulk of the island was gifted in perpetuity to the National Parks Department to remain a wild, undeveloped National Seashore in 1972. Cumberland Island is at the time of this writing in danger of being carved up and developed. Disruption of the aquatic and avian species and their food sources that season on and around Cumberland Island would have disastrous effects on a global scale.
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