COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis

Matana Roberts - COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis
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Based on 5 reviews
2019 Ratings: #10 / 732
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Based on 182 ratings
2019 Ratings: #40
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October 18, 2019 / Release Date
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Based in New York, Matana Roberts is an artist, composer, saxophonist, and sound experimenter. Her work seeks to expose, within American creative expression, the mystical roots and traditions of intuitive elevation of the mind. Performing a variety of roles - storyteller, musician, ethnographer, activist - Roberts forges a new approach to narrativity, history and political expression, all reinterpreted through improvisational structures.

Coin-Coin comes out of the ... read more
i don’t understand anything but someone who gave a normie album a 100 said it was bad so i have to say it’s good
Like I've said many times before, I am not a fan of jazz. I will say, though, that this is yet another unique album this year. I don't have any context from the other chapters to reflect my full feelings on this, but the results of what's on display are chaotic and clashy, beautiful and insightful.

Fav Tracks: as far as the eye can see, fit to be tied, raise yourself up, trail of the smiling sphinx, her mighty waters run, piddling, jewels of the sky: inscription, all things beautiful

Least ... read more
Before getting into this review, I'd like to clear some things up. First I'm not an abid Jazz listener, two, neither an ambient music listener. Three, this review is based on my impressions through this record so it might not be accurate at all (it isn't in fact).


As many of you have said, Memphis is not an easy listen, it may be way too chaotic, messy, and my favorite description so far "an ocean of chaos" since it condenses the feeling of being ... read more
i have to go back to chapter 1 to gain context and an even greater appreciation but as it stands this is definitely one of the best jazz albums i have ever heard. i absolutely love how they used the instruments were used and the storytelling was absolutely lovely
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Track List

  1. Jewels of the Sky: Inscription
  2. As Far As the Eye Can See
  3. Trail of the Smiling Sphinx
  4. Piddling
  5. Shoes of Gold
  6. Wild Fire Bare
  7. Fit To Be Tied
  8. Her Mighty Waters Run
  9. All Things Beautiful
  10. In the Fold
  11. Raise Yourself Up
  12. Backbone Once More
  13. How Bright They Shine
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Added on: September 24, 2019