Eighteen years later, MatM return with their 8th studio album, a highly textured set-piece of twelve new songs that range from gorgeously evocative to near chaos. The album was five years in the making and was mixed by David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, Robert Fripp). The songs range from the horn-inflected "Drive", the anthemic groove of "Mess" to the darkly beautiful "Life's Too Short To Long For Something Else" and "Love Began With Eve", a song that Daniel Lanois has stated is "one of the most beautiful, original songs I've ever heard." Fans and newcomers alike will not be disappointed.
"Delicate is a riveting listen… hypnotic rhythms, wonderfully obtuse arrangements and entrancing textures… Delicate is a return to form, as welcome as it is remarkable."
"This song, (Mess), is so good it almost makes up for yet another season of American Idol having started the other night."
"Delicate captures the truth of how messy and beautiful life can be… playful, fun, sexed up and strange. (Martha) comes through with tenderness and strength, sorrow and joy, love and suffering... she takes me through courageously and I end up feeling this deep sense of comfort and hope by the end."
singer, YOU SAY PARTY! WE SAY DIE!
"The hooky "na-na-na-nas" that open this preview of the band's first album since Modern Lullaby way back in 1992 sound as if they've been excised from The Beatles' Hey Jude and transplanted into more exotic surroundings. The result skips, swings and skitters across jazz, dance, pop and world music without once sounding out of place in any of them."
THE ANTI-HIT LIST, TORONTO STAR
"Love Began With Eve is one of the most beautiful, original songs I've ever heard."
guitars, keyboards, synthi A, bass, percussion, backing vocals, mandolin, lap steel, treatments
vocals, keyboards, casio horn, melodica, clarinet, keyboards, percussion, rhythm box, additional guitar, pluck guitar
bass, keyboards, additional guitar, percussion, cello, cello cloud, key bass, percussion, loudhailer, loops, backing vocals, bowed bass
drums, backing vocals, percussion
flutes, messing around vocals
Debby & David Blyth
Produced & Arranged by
Mark Gane, Leo Valvassori & Martha Johnson
Recorded 2005–2008 in Toronto at
The Web, Leo’s Loft, Backroom Recording Studio, 7 Windows & Rattlebox Studios
Leo Valvassori & Anthony D’Avanzo
Additional engineering by
David Bottrill, Brian Moncarz & Mark Gane
Phase One Studios, Toronto by David Bottrill, Sept–Oct 2008
Jeff Pelletier & Jay Dufour
Peter J. Moore at the E Room, Toronto