BOLT017: Happy Birthday To Me
Release date: 27th June 2005
CD and Digital
Mint's 3rd Boltfish EP is a downtempo and personal offering, with a gentle piano and guitar-based theme. The opening track 'Life in Widescreen' also features on the Ministry of Sound compilation "Steve Lawler - Viva".
You can preview this release on Last FM at:
THIS RELEASE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM THE BOLTFISH CATALOGUE ON CD. HOWEVER, YOU CAN STILL PURCHASE IT VIA DIGITAL DOWNLOAD FROM A RANGE OF ONLINE RETAILERS.
tracks © Mint/Boltfish
Cover illustration/artwork by Murray Fisher
Electronic Desert - 26/08/05
" "Happy Birthday To Me" was recently released (Jul 2005) on Boltfish Recordings by Mint. It's a 4-track EP and as you may have guessed "Happy Birthday To Me" is a collection of beautiful melodic electronic tracks. The Mint signature can hardly be missed. The seventeenth outing is as good sounding as ever and the packaging is keeping the high standard set by the Boltfish people."
Textura - 01/08/05
" To a far greater degree than the norm, the songs on Murray Fisher's third Mint EP Happy Birthday to Me bear titles that distill their sonic essence in uncommonly astute manner. Though it begins with hazy organ triplets, "Life in Widescreen" gradually gathers steam with staggered rhythms of insistent beats, chiming keyboard melodies, and bright washes that collectively end up sounding suitably panoramic. An unashamedly (though repetitive) pretty piano melody forms the core of the lovely lullaby "For You" while "Hilltop" conjures stately atmospheres of immense breadth. Bringing the EP to a dusky close, melancholy piano figures imbue " Midnight " with a retiring nocturnal essence. Oddly enough, unlike the song titles, the EP's celebratory title hardly matches the music's generally restrained character."
Tesselate - 20/07/05
"Happy birthday to me slides another quality page into the c.v of Mint. The release is full of atmopshere and plays like a history of something special captured on a cd in audio form for us all to enjoy. Definitely one to check out. Recommended!"
Read the whole review
UntitledMusic - 19/06/05
"Mint returns on Boltfish with 'Life In Widescreen'. Right from the start you'll be hypnotised by the tracks beauty and musical magic. Gently rolling chords and layers of instrumentation build a rich track, enabling you to dive into an ocean of interest and emotions. 'For You' is fucking stunning. Chilling piano's keys step across of glacier of audio mist with distant chords and drifting ambience swirl around your soul. 'Hilltop' is eerie and expansive, it remind me of standing on a mountaintop and panning around to take in the view whilst the airbrushes against your chest and the world looks a miniature paradise. 'Midnight' uses more stunning keys and drifting mellow vibes to build a cinematic track that is just chilling to listen to."