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One Pig

As much as I am really looking forward to listen to Matthew Herbert‘s new album One Pig, I am also quite terrified. The album is made of sounds made by one anonymous pig – from birth to plate. I am a bit relieved that the death part is actually not on the album as Herbert was not allowed to record that – I do not think I could handle listening to it. I am vegetarian, but I think it would be a pretty intense experice for meat-eaters as well.

The album caused quite some controversy in the process of recording, as organisations such as PETA accused Herbert of animal cruelty, etc. To be honest, I find this argument ridiculous – thanks to him the pig actually lived longer than other farm pigs, and it would be killed anyway. In fact, I believe that the record may cause some thinking amongst listeners and maybe a few of them will turn vegetarian themselves.

Herbert makes a good point in the film you can watch below about not being allowed to record sounds of death of the pig:

“My motivation for wanting to do that [recording sounds of death of the pig] was to acknowledge the reality of what it is to eat meat. For me, part of the problem we have in our society is a huge disconnect between what we do and the consequences of our actions. (…) Also it tells a great deal that in this country we don’t have any rights to see our food, we are kept in great distances from it. In Britain it’s kept behind us in a veil of corporate secrecy.”

Herbert is one of the most interesting experimental artists I have come across, I love his meticulous craftsmanship and original concepts behind his albums. As well as his versatileness: he made albums ranging from minimal house, to cinematic orchestrated electronica (my Herbert’s favourite – Scale), to sampling bizzare noises from the kitchen (or pig’s life), to a big-band record, to a de-construction and re-conceptualisation of club music on his brilliant One Club album.

One Pig is a last album from One trilogy (One One, One Club, One Pig) and it will be released on 10th October.

Below, you can watch a mini-documentary about the making of the album and Herbert talking about each of the songs on the album. The ending presents quite a vivid imagery I should warn you.



What would you expect if I told you that Björk teams up with Thom Yorke, Matthew Herbert and Mark Bell to record a single? Well, I expected much more than that.

‘Náttúra’ is just as raw and aloof as the landscapes of Iceland that the single tries to protect by promoting Náttúra Campaign (it’s mainly about stopping the construction of foreign-backed aluminum factories in Iceland and promoting the local economy).

It’s a laudable thing to do, but I don’t find anything special about the song itself. I had to listen to the track a couple of times to get behind Brian Chippendaleon’s drums and I haven’t found a lot there after all.