Matt Preston is a trained instrumentalist from Bristol who appropriates his love for the ambient, the cinematic, and the experimental within his Phaeleh moniker in a way that has already earned him flattering comparisons to Bristolian pioneers like Massive Attack and Portishead. Since his debut in 2008, Preston's graced listeners with a personal stroke often suiting his style of electronic music to be best enjoyed under a yielding and unwinding hearing, but to reference his tracks as facile or uninvolved could not be further from the truth. With rich volumes of emotional content running through his past full-length releases Fallen Light (2010) and Tides (2013), his EP issues likewise note Preston's edge of appeal that only seems to blossom as his career advances.
His upcoming release, A World Without, is an 8 track EP that could very easily stand as a full-length considering its length and free-flowing narrative that gives off a sense of completeness upon listening. Sticking to his guns with lifting atmospherics and sub-sonic drives that take from minimal and dubstep roots, the faint air of nostalgic beauty within melancholic overlaps are well apparent here. However, It's the mid-point track, "Relics", which starts off the second half of the EP in superb fashion. Crossing over into a massively wet percussive daze, the setting darkens as Preston skilfully caters to a sound of dub-induced atonement signaling a gentle clash of Bristol and Berlin stylistic knotting. Check out EARMILK's exclusive stream of Phaeleh's "Relics" below and be sure to listen to the rest of A World Without.
09/25 Primary – Chicago IL
09/26 The Sinclair – Cambridge MA
09/27 Glasslands – Brooklyn NY
09/28 U Street Music Hall – Washington DC
09/30 Fortune Sound Club – Vancouver BC
10/01 Holocene – Portland OR
10/02 The Crocodile – Seattle WA
10/03 1015 Folsom – San Francisco CA
10/04 The Attic – Los Angeles CA
10/05 Casbah – San Diego CA