Modern Nature - No Fixed Point In Space
No Fixed Point in Space is Modern Nature's third record, and another evolution for Jack Cooper's consistently probing songwriting. Cooper is from the north of England, though his music, as Mazes, Ultimate Painting and now MN, has often belied such roots, seemingly owing a more observable debt to the US underground of the late 80s and 90s. Though not wishing to codify it too much, No Fixed Point In Space doesn't deviate hugely from that path, leaning more so than ever into jazz and modern composition in such a way so as to express an affinity with late 90s Chicago ala Tortoise, Sam Prekop, Gastr Del Sol et al. What it shares most clearly with those artists is an understanding of dynamics and off-kilter melody, both supple and subtle, and full of small rewards, a series of sonic easter eggs if you like, little flourishes of woodwind, strings and percussion that guide you through. If we're referencing post-rock, then we should perhaps also mention Talk Talk here, for Cooper manages to channel a similar sense of quiet grandeur, an album on its way to ascending but holds back from any kind of overly dramatic flight, more about the journey than the destination let's say. Which is a good understanding for Jack Cooper's music all told, actually, telling as it is of his own personal creative arc. Catch Modern Nature instore on Friday 6th October. Priority access to those who buy the album via us.
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