Rob Ellis – Music For The Home Vol 2

Second full-length adventure in uneasy listening from PJ Harvey collaborator

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Pianist, percussionist and producer Ellis is best known for his work with PJ Harvey, but also bangs his own highly distinctive drum. His band, Spleen, have released two albums, and Ellis made his solo debut with 2001’s Music For The Home. The follow-up is another bold adventure in contemporary classical composition, rather less soothingly ambient than the Eno-like title suggests. A collection of pieces written between 1994 and 2003, it’s more likely to inspire serious DIY activity than soundtrack a civilised soiree. Varese, Cage, Ligeti and Stockhausen are Ellis’ kindred spirits but, despite their unsettling and fragmented nature, his scores stop precisely the right side of dissonance.


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