RIYL: Brian Eno, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein

Label: Altin Village & Mine

Colors, landscapes, and moods are the changing seasons for Memory Pearl’s “Music For 7 Paintings”. The brilliance of Fisher-Rozenberg is enthralling, creating landscapes from the energy behind specific visualizations and translating them to synthesized sounds. Each song has its own personality ranging from an inner turmoil to an outward exuberance or joy brought forward by the evocative paintings. Even within the emotions, each song has its unique characteristics. The songs can be geometric, with hard lines and symmetrical qualities laying down perfect transitions and seamless beauty, while others show the creative brushstrokes that are less predicable but full of color and thoughtful care-free translations.

If you fully imbed yourself in the experience of the record, you can almost see or predict the images as if you were watching a movie without its dialogue and scrolling pictures. It’s a score of paint; a collection of songs for creativity; a therapeutic journey into wonder.

For Memory Pearl’s ‘Music for 7 Paintings’, Moshe Fisher–Rozenberg traveled to art galleries throughout North America searching for paintings which would enrapture him.

Like the experience of being drawn into the worlds of those paintings, these seven tracks — each one directly referencing a single work by Joan Mitchell, Robert Ryman, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, or Jackson Pollock — are love letters to the sympathetic vibration of one creative mind encountering another. They trace the way art inspires and generates art. Each resonates with the reconstructive energy that comes from translating the visual to the auditory.


Fisher–Rozenberg brings a vast experience to bear on the paintings that inspire “Music for 7 Paintings”. While this may be his debut full length as a solo artist, he is a consummate collaborator (Alvvays, Fucked Up, U.S. Girls, Youth Lagoon, Man Forever) best known as the drummer and synthesist in ‘Absolutely Free’. Also clear is his visual sensibility — his instinct for how to translate the emotive context of visual art into sound, honed in collaborative work on kinetic sculptures, immersive installations and film scores. But what most comes to the fore is perhaps his recent graduate work in music therapy, and the sensitivity learned through his leading of music therapy sessions at Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. This direct encounter with music’s power to heal lends the tracks a sacred, therapeutic quality. They are suffused with curative frequencies that connect the isolated individual to a world of contemplative beauty.

The Details

Ltd. Edition 12" Vinyl LP, edition of 300.

Additional Images

Price $19.71

Thanks for rating this! Now tell the world how you feel via Twitter.
What Do You Think of This Release?
  • Buying!
  • Maybe Buy
  • Not My Style
  • Too Expensive