M. Craft - Blood Moon Deconstructed

by Ljubinko Zivkovic Rating:8 Release Date:2017-12-15
M. Craft - Blood Moon Deconstructed
M. Craft - Blood Moon Deconstructed

When an artist who originally put out an album goes out and issues the same set of music as a ‘deconstructed’ one, it can usually mean one of two things - he really loved those songs, but while ‘constructing’ them he loved certain elements so much, that he came up with different ideas how to arrange them, so he tries again. Or, he is not really satisfied with what he came up with and wants to do it all over again. With M. Craft and his Blood Moon Deconstructed album, it seems to be neither. Or both. Or he just wanted to present the elements of the songs he came up the first time around in a new light. And that seems to be the case here. Oh, possibly one more thing - you want your listeners to search out the original, now deconstructed album and find out what it really is all about.

When M. Craft came up with the original Blood Moon album in 2016, he really nailed it with some gentle, piano-driven melodies with intricate arrangements that involved gorgeous harmonies and even some world music touches. It was truly one of the hidden gems of 2016. On this deconstructed versions, Craft seems to have really stuck to the original meaning of that word. Something like a dub album with no dubs in the reggae sense of the word. In essence, what we get here is a completely new set of music, with only traces of the original tunes as a guideline, and that seems to be Craft’s exact intention. He even gave the songs completely new titles. Such an approach forces the listener to not only listen to the material in a new light (or should I say sound), but to further approach it as completely new music. As mentioned already, it certainly does make you want to search out the original album in order to make comparisons.

Comparisons or no comparisons, there is some intricate and interesting music here. First of all, Craft did away completely with the vocals, even the vocal harmonies. He has turned the original songs into a flowing ambient piece (not that the original material wasn’t close to that either), music akin to something you can find on specialised labels like Gizeh. There are classical overtones, like in the introductory “Hip Meds Frolic”, dominated by the piano, cello, and harp. Or you get a full string arrangement of “Violet Dishevel”, that perfectly suits the cover image of the starlit sky, dark mountain and some undefined lights behind it. Or the dark overtones of “Adorn Me”, that sounds like Bohren and der Club van Gore doing a theme for Twin Peaks.

It is all intricate, delicate music that surely stands on its own firm ground. Still, the comparisons are inevitable, and while Blood Moon Deconstructed is something that should be played often, the original Blood Moon should be played even more. Maybe that was M. Craft’s intention anyway.

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