CFCF – MUSIC FOR OBJECTS

Words: MAISIE RIDGWAY
July 10, 2013

Canadian born and Montreal based musician Michael Silver, better known as CFCF, followed up his critically acclaimed Exercise EP with the recent release of Music For Objects – a compilation of eight tracks that take a dull theme and transform it into something noteworthy. Music For Objects was created as a sonic representation of the […]


Canadian born and Montreal based musician Michael Silver, better known as CFCF, followed up his critically acclaimed Exercise EP with the recent release of Music For Objects – a compilation of eight tracks that take a dull theme and transform it into something noteworthy. Music For Objects was created as a sonic representation of the unremarkable inanimate objects that shape our day-to-day lives, like bowls, keys and rings. Silver works to draw light from the humdrum and create a piece that romanticises and beautifies the mundane.

Take Glass for example, it’s the EP’s first track, spiralling into play with a light and jaunty piano. It’s circular and clear which (if we’re going to go there!) could be construed as a metaphysical representation of a glass. More importantly though, the title acts as a double entendre, inviting us to consider the track in relation to one of Silver’s more obvious influences: the composer PHILIP GLASS whose repetitive scores and minimalist compositions are mirrored throughout Music For Objects.

Ring is arguable the most successful track in fulfilling the specification of the EP. The arrangement consists of shimmering arpeggios that build and fall in delicate waves, it’s comely and lovel, characterising all of the things that a ring might represent – promise, eternity and sweethearts. It’s a thoughtful and gorgeous way to end the EP, full of glittering and complete positivity.

To say that Music For Objects relies solely on a gimmick would be unfair. Most records have themes, but rarely are their themes as ambitious as taking something as lacklustre as a bowl and attempting to make it interesting through sound alone. Music For Objects is an alternative exploration of the ever-present details that we generally omit. It’s a fresh and pretty, pair of eyes for us all to look through, not necessarily ground breaking in style or technique, but intriguing and charming nonetheless. Music For Objects is available to stream and buy here.


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