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Emmett Elvin - Assault On The Tyranny Of Reason album review

Album Review

Guapo and Knifeworld keyboard king Emmett Elvin’s masterpiece in miniature

In addition to providing bespoke keyboards for heavyweights like Guapo and Knifeworld, Emmett Elvin continues a rather fine solo career with this follow-up to his 2014 debut, Bloody Marvels. As a writer and arranger, Elvin takes a miniaturist approach that packs taut compositions with enticing textures and pointed detail with string, brass and woodwind players borrowed from his other musical outlets. As a result, the combined set of mostly four-minute instrumental pieces, and the occasional song, add up to an album devoid of any padding or waffle.

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