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Maston — Opal Collection
((Not on label) Stroll On Records, 2014, LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2014-12-06

Opal Collection Cover artIn 2013 Frank Maston released his debut album Shadows. Now with Opal Collection Maston is back with 26 minutes (11 tracks) of his earlier work. The music is a split between vocals and instrumentals, all Lo-Fi. Lo-Fi is a genre that I don’t really understand. The music is heavily processed with the vocals so buried in reverb that it is challenging to understand them. If you really made the effort to carefully listen, I think that you could decipher the words. All of the signal processing can mask a multitude of things that deserve to see the light of day, doing the music a disservice, especially for Maston. I find that many of the tracks contain catchy musical phrases and hooks that result in some very pleasant music that is lost in all the reverb. Basically it sounds like this album was recorded inside a garbage can. Musically there are a lot of psych elements and some organ work reminiscent of Rick Wright, as well as some European café elements. But I am left with a so-so opinion about this release, neither positive nor negative.

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