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.
“We 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.