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Last Things

by Minute Taker

Minute Taker's dark dream pop is loaded with distorted beats, sweeping synthesisers and dense vocal layering, all beautifully woven with haunting folk melodies.
Genre: Pop: Dream Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Merge
3:26 $0.99
2. Wait for Me
3:57 $0.99
3. I Draw Lines
5:19 $0.99
4. Tin Box
3:12 $0.99
5. Let It Go
4:39 $0.99
6. Alkali
4:42 $0.99
7. Echo 2
3:56 $0.99
8. Somewhere Under Water
4:09 $0.99
9. Coma
4:05 $0.99
10. Tornado
4:12 $0.99
11. (A Homage To) Generation X
5:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Last Things is 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

​"an expansive, electronic mash of noise that goes hand in hand with the work of Grimes and James Blake." - DrunkenWerewolf

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

"melodic and haunting (...) a piece of work that sounds honest, original, and most of all makes us wonder on his future." - Chasseur Magazine

Minute Taker is the new artist name 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. With Minute Taker Ben adopts a more expansive, electronic-orientated approach that has been labelled as "digi-folk", incorporating elements of glitch, industrial and lo-fi, and drawing comparisons to James Blake, Bat For Lashes, Grimes, Björk and Thom Yorke.

Minute Taker's sophomore album Last Things was released on 15th April 2013. The album and it's 2 promo singles, Merge and Let It Go, have received positive critical acclaim and have prompted a string of features in The 405, Notion, Red, Gay Times, Attitude and many others. Songs such as Merge, Alkali and Echo 2 (which has been regularly featured on Manchester’s BBC Introducing) 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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