CYRE is 29 minutes of concentrated, arching drama, both Gilbert’s and the world around him. The title is an acronym for Congratulations You Ruined Everything, a vitriolic nod to very specific world leaders whose names are easy enough to guess and need no further mention here. CYRE is a cathartic release of pent up anxieties, anger and despair at the state of the world today. Surprising then, that CYRE has such a broad view and is so full of optimism.
Using a dying accordion, baritone guitar, field recordings and electronics, Gilbert improvises, manipulates and processes sound to craft narrative-driven musical collages. The EP rises from a colorful, deep soundworld to a plateau of both crisis and clarity, and eases away to a place of reconciliation and forward-thinking. The shape of the five tracks follows Gilbert’s process. About that he says “Making music is cathartic to me. I need to always be ‘creating,’ music or otherwise. Musically I like my tracks to grow and then die,” and each track on CYRE, and the whole EP is like a long breath in and a slow exhalation.