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ARTIST
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Sentimentalist
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CD

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TYPE 007CD TYPE 007CD
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RELEASE DATE
5/30/2005

Debut release on the super quality conscious Type label, and one of the most impressive digital sound assemblages heard in 2005 so far. "Melissa Agate is no newcomer to the music scene, exposed very early in life as the drummer of Australian avant rock outfit Sindog Jellyroll. Since then she has refined her style and perfected what we believe and know to be a truly personal sound. Drawing influences from her antipodean background and also from a life-changing move to British shores, Sentimentalist is a deeply reflective and unashamedly visual album. Finding herself discontented with the trappings of the rock genre, it was not long before Agate discovered electronic music and began to experiment with as many different instruments as she could manage to acquire. From acoustic guitar and ukulele to traditional bells and kalimba, anything at hand was added to the rich soundscape of her creative vision. In doing this, Melissa has created something truly original. By purposefully taking sounds which inspired her and allowed her to visualize the rich memories she had stored in her mind, she has forged a work which is accessible but quite difficult to define in genre. Agate's influences are as far reaching as her musical ambition, and she takes well informed references from avant jazz, blues and experimental electronic works. Moments of Sentimentalist project hazy echoes of Robert Johnson, before colliding with the sublime analogue chic of Stereolab or Broadcast. Elsewhere, skeletal outlines of Opiate and perhaps Múm drift into angular rhythmical sounds explored recently by Supersilent and Radian. Yet rather than try and emulate another artist, instead Agate takes ideas to add to her ever changing musical ideal. It is her goal to produce an honest sound, something that is true to her soul, and she succeeds magnificently."