Minus, the debut solo album from Daniel Blumberg, is an astonishing work; one that weds an improvisational, free-music ethos to the rawest emotional songwriting, rooted deep in the personal turmoil the artist experienced whilst making the record. Minus is an album about breakdowns: relationship breakdowns, mental and physical breakdowns, breakdowns in communication, and the breaking down of received methods and practices. And situated at the broken-down heart of the record lies a pathological preoccupation with a breakdown of trust.
Minus pulls the listener into the deep and nuanced reaches of the human soul and proceeds to drag them through all its fractured ventricles. Although the album's approach can be traced back to improvised avant-garde experimentation, the overriding impact for the listener is Blumberg's remarkable songwriting, and his natural talent for melody and composition. Minus stands as an arresting and progressive work, one which is set to establish Daniel Blumberg as one of Britain's most unique contemporary voices.
To help him realized his vision here, Blumberg enlisted the talents of two artists synonymous with some of contemporary music's most progressive work - legendary producer Peter Walsh (Scott Walker's collaborator since Climate Of Hunter) and much revered drummer Jim White (Dirty Three, Smog, Cat Power).