Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection by Matthew E. White & Lonnie HolleyRelease date: April 9, 2021
Label: Spacebomb Records
Close followers of all things music are certainly familiar with the name of Matthew E. White who has come up with some excellent soul albums in the last decade which seemed to breathe new life into the genre. On the other hand, Lonnie Holley is more known as a visual artist than as a singer. So it was a big question mark guessing what this duo of artists will come up with on Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection, their joint collaboration. Some more soul? A hip hop/spoken/sung word combination? Something else?
Well, actually, you can count in all of the above and add to it this possible description: “as seen through the eyes of late genius Miles Davis in his seventies electric era.” That simple. That complicated. That good.
Like those Miles’ electric renditions, particularly those recorded live (think ‘Live-Evil’ or ‘Agartha’, just as an example) the five compositions, or improvisations (or both), are one-take wonders with Holley speaking, singing, rapping, whatever you want to call it over White’s constant instrumental bubbling under.
No ‘soft-sided soul’ as White has been known so far, but some heavy, percolating funk/soul that gives the perfect background for Holley to spin his incredible stories. Just like the art he has been creating from discarded objects which he is known for.
Listening to Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection, a name of an album by Gabor Szabo, a legendary guitarist comes to mind – ‘Spellbinder.’ That good.