Simon Whetham is an acute listener, a field recorder, a thinker, a globetrotter, and a mobilizer. However, he is also a sonic cook. Wherever he goes, he picks up sounds and atmospheres as if they were exotic ingredients. And for « What Matters Is That It Matters », he made us a stew, slowly simmered until all the flavours come through.
« What Matters Is That It Matters », Whetham’s first album for Baskaru, is slow music. And slow music deserves to be taken in slowly – you don’t wolf comfort food down, you savour it, relishing its complexity, absorbing its warmth. Unlike most of Whetham’s previous works, this album is not focused on a specific geographical location. As if the artist had given himself free reign. The resulting music has a career-encompassing feel, as Whetham touches base with pure field recordings, elongated instrumental textures, and treated snippets of melodies (piano, banjo). « What Matters Is That It Matters » provides an incredibly rich listening experience, pairing relevant esthetical concerns and listening enjoyment.
Englishman Simon Whetham has been exploring the art of composing with field recordings and found sounds for a decade, a period during which he released music on labels such as Crónica, Entr’acte, Helen Scarsdale Agency, and Line. He is perhaps best known for « Active Crossover, » a workshop/collaboration/installation project with which he is travelling the world.