Have your cake and eat it. A 40 minute-plus single track 'Functional' is yes - a ''single'' in the Spotify sense. And the streaming behemoth of the beggarly royalty also bafflingly calls singles ''albums''. So for once this is an album - in an LP length sense anyway - actually more a veritable symphony given that Matthew Bourne is involved - no not the excellent dance choreographer of the same name but the equally great free-piano genius who should be a household name but isn't and probably will never be.
Taking on the mantle from past collaborator Keith Tippett there is a switching over from piano to Mini Moog by Bourne and you get via the latter a futuristic sheen to the endeavour. The recording thankfully isn't one of these lonesome remote occasions involving one man and his dog but more a litter of musicians let off the leash in the same room together - Shiver simply click on a personal chemistry level by going all Bourneful - the four of them gathering apparently to also tea drink and admire the stove.
Joost Hendrickx pants along like the best big dog clambering on to the drum kit, pounding a good deal while the interesting textural stuff is provided by that fine guitarist Chris Sharkey of Trio-VD and Bilbao Syndrome renown. Shiver are a trio by the way: our friend from the north bass guitarist Andy ''Shoes for Losers'' Champion is a stolid presence + Sharkey and Hendrickx complete that sensation. Music for the mind and the body. Don't wake up to their sound in the distant future when they all are long gone by then. This is invigorating music for the here and now experimenting in form and idiom that sheds more light on the state of the art than people content to run the changes incontinently all day long as ''under-conversation'' once in a blue moon in a function room will ever realise.
Shiver, photo: press