Sometimes I'm in the mood for fun and flirty music; there are other times when I need to be melencholy and morose but still there are even other times however when I want to refine my palate and listen to something more mature. Something grown up and honest. Something that has a little under it's belt but isn't done making it's way around the block yet. Right now, for me, that something is Constant Crows by Matt Alber. I had seen the video for "End of the World" back on Logo quite some time ago but I just don't think I was ready for his music at that time.
He has the ability to craft an image not many people can and his music is very evocative of the emotions he is coaxing out so effortlessly. The production of the album is stripped down and nothing too overdone. You can only hear instruments, no heavy digital work anywhere to be found and I think that's important when you are working with content that is this powerful. If you were going to lump him in with other artists, I would have to say David Gray, Matt Nathanson, Rufus Wainwright or Ray LaMontagne but I hate making those correlations. He is his own artist and I applaud him for that. There aren't enough good things I can say without coming off as smitten so let's just say that I am incredibly glad this album has come into my life. It is certainly going to get me a lot to chew on for a while.
I don't want to pick a stand out song because they are all works of great creativity and they all have a life of their own but "Tight Rope", "Take a Bow" and especially, "Brother Moon" are all outstanding tracks that just make me want to close my eyes and be taken where the songs want me to go. I implore you, if you are a fan of Singer/Songwriters, Independent Artists and generally just people that have something to say, buy this album. It's available at all major audio outlets and I promise you, it's so worth it. There isn't enough music with a transformative nature in the world and what there is of it, we need to treasure and hold on to because it's important and it's good. I hope to hear from Matt for years to come.
1 Velvet Goldmine
3 Tall Tales
7 Brother Moon
8 Old Ghosts
10 Take a Bow
Best album of 2011 and I like to think I am in the thank you notes as one of the 'pre order the album to fund it's production' people.ReplyDelete
He was amused by my album comment on his Facebook page.
It was such a personal transaction. I was recommended Hide Nothing on a chat forum on Bear Central and was completely won over. Liked his Facebook page, then he put a call out to pre order his new album. I was on board. Throughout the process I got e mails with track samples and a bit of jamming. He's great at replying to comments on Facebook personally and I was just so in love with his involvement of his fans.
I can't fault this album. My only fault about him is that he is practically unheard of in the UK. This neds to change and I am telling everyone about him.