This weeks pick has been penned by my bearded buddy Damien. Kudos!
This album comes at you gently, from around a corner, down a long corridoor and into a room filled with light and open windows. As soon as I heard the opening track “Wishbone”, it felt like warmer weather was here to stay.It helped make Spring feel true. Sweet sounds to be played in the house but listened to from somewhere else, drink in hand, and bare feet up off the ground.
Brooklyn based artist Matthew Jones has put together a beautiful EP here. It’s full of distant soul, low-fi echoes and chilled out percussion. Wishbone’s a beautiful opening track, built from lilting guitar and Jones’s beautiful, effortlessly vague vocals into a something that pushes your expectations for the rest of the album to follow. It’s a trip through six songs of delicate waves of ambiance, dream pop and soul that has kept a firm hold over me for the last few days. I’m happy to get off at the end and start right back at the beginning over and over again. There’s more than enough here woven into every song to keep you fresh, new elements to be be reinterpreted and moods to be swayed.
To finish on “You left me There (to find pieces of myself)” and its driving layers of guitar sound and distorted voice drags you in only to slowly empty out until it’s just you and the room again and it leaves you needing another listen. Nothing for it but to start at Wishbone again and so it goes and goes. I’m looking forward to the next release from It is rain in my face already, curious as to what elements will be woven into what songs. It’s got a real complexity to it that doesn’t tax the senses but lets you lose yourself amongst them for a few minutes at a time.
Dissapear into warm days with this album. Put it on and leave the room, let it fill the house and soak into the walls and the carpet. Turn the lights down low, open all your windows and breathe it in.