In 2008 h/s recordings
released my album Maalbeek
which received a little attention at the time. Unfortunately I was very absorbed in work at that time and did not promote it much. I know it's rather self-involved to say so, but I do think the album could have been received better, had more people known about it.
Until now, one track (the album's second) has been available, but Maalbeek is a difficult album to catch in just one track. The music adds or even contradict itself in each following cue. Much like the forest area that the album is named after where the vegetation, swamps and density vary in a relatively compact space. It's littered with world war II bunkers, deep and sudden gorge's, even a rail road and small mining facility that lights up the night sky like an underwater station. I used to walk it often at night, the most striking memory that of a full moon emerging from under a deck of clouds, bathing the darkened forest in the most beautiful light imaginable.
I'm hoping that sharing a bit more from this album might give a better understanding, hopefully even interest for it. Neither myself nor the label has ever received any "money" or salary from our releases, instead we always save up towards releasing more music. Sometimes those break-even, sometimes they make a little profit, sometimes they loose us a little money. Basically, our fans (the buying audience) decides when we can release our next album. For me personally, I'm hoping it will be this year as I have a new album completed and ready for pressing. Maalbeek
Track 1: Belfeld
Track 2: Smelt
Album page: http://www.matthewflorianz.com/maalbeek.html
Maalbeek is sold through our partner, where short clips from each track are also available:http://www.shopsonic.com/product_details.php?id=1200
and selected online retailers.
Selected review quote's:
"... it bears all the hallmarks of Florianzís ability of translate the mood and feeling in his mind into music for others to experience. Maalbeek itself, like all of Florianzís work, is completely unrushed and slowly and deliberately unfolds and expands at just the right pace
..." - Paul Lloyd for Igloo Magazine
"... I would choose to classify the music of Matthew Florianz as ambient traditionalist or rather, "originalist", in the sense that he maintains an unsettling, sombre tone throughout his work, restricts his palette, and like Brian Eno and Harold Budd before him, creates atmospheres and "landscapes" hitherto unheard and only possible to visit through sound. Shut your eyes and you shall see
..." - Stephen Fruitman for Sonumu