February 19, 2010

First hips, then knees, then feet — don’t think anymore

matt pond pa

I’ve always been impressed with Matt Pond PA, from the standout track of theirs (“Brooklyn Stars”) I first included on my NYC Mix in 2007 (the band now lives in Brooklyn, via Philly) to the wintry soundtrack he brought us last year. This new album is no exception.

I am making a pit stop at home on this snowy Friday evening before I head up to Denver for the Justin Townes Earle/Joe Pug show, drinking a beer in my kitchen and playing this loud on my stereo. This song sounds like the most perfect thing I could be listening to at this moment. It’s a warm and dense song, with handclaps and harmonies and intricate lyrics, but a tightly thrumming sense of anticipation (especially around the 2:30 mark — try to sit still!). It’s thoughtful indie balladry you can dance around to, like I just did across the wood floors.

the dark leaves matt pondWe could start tonight, slide back the deadbolts…”

Starting – Matt Pond PA

The Dark Leaves, their eighth album, is out April 6 on Altitude Records. They’re playing a few shows at SXSW, and I do believe I would like to see them.

UPDATE: The Dark Leaves has quickly become my newest obsession, and my most-listened-to album for the last few weeks. It is absolutely superb.

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  • Hey Heather- matt pondPA has become a favorite of mine since your mix in 2007. I so love how they changed “Holiday Road” into a totally different song.

    Have fun at the show!

    Spookycat — February 21, 2010 @ 8:55 am

  • Yes!!!Ilove it! Let’s see them!!!

    Bethany — February 21, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

  • You will love Townes Earle and Pug. I saw Pug open for Steve Earle, and have seen Justin a couple times. Can’t beat it with a stick.

    CJ — February 21, 2010 @ 10:02 pm

  • hey Heather, how was the JTE/Pug show…..we’re going to see them at Johnny Brenda’s in Philly next week.


    dwymer7003 — February 24, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

  • Specks is wonderful song of this new album! just lovely

    Nelso — March 13, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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