Old Friend is the second EP from Manchester based producer Matt Brewer aka Frameworks. Last year’s Vanish EP proved to be one of our most well received releases of 2012. From that blueprint, Frameworks has matured his sound, with assured production providing a deftness of touch rarely seen in a young producer.
With the four tracks on this EP, it’s his songwriting that really comes to the fore. Lead track ‘Old Friend’ is a collaboration with fellow Mancunian JP Cooper. With echoes of Terry Callier and Cinematic Orchestra, it’s a haunting song, punctuated with lush string arrangements (a feature of all the tracks) and an outstanding vocal performance from JP.
Belleruche’s Kathrin DeBoer features on ‘Breaks My Heart’ adding her breathy, effortless vocals to the mix. Probably the most accessible track on the EP, she adds another dimension to the EP in her inimitable style. The EP is rounded out by two horn-led instrumental tracks recalling influences such as Aim, Bonobo and RJD2.