Matt Bauer- The Island Moved In The StormSeptember 21, 2008
Finally getting around to this post- have been listening to this for the last few weeks but so damn busy not much time for posting about anything!
Matt Bauer has a great delicate voice and the backing females are simply stupendous- the instrumentation is excellent as well and gives the tunes a nice and dark atmospheric quality to it. The album itself is based on a story that happened around where he grew up and while you don’t need to listen to the songs in a linear fashion it may make more sense.
It starts off with the nice and soft Sheltering Dark and followed by Barn Owl which really gets your attention with the lovely female accompaniment and strings. The next two tracks are the real standouts for me: Don’t Let Me Out is really exquisite with some dark lyrics and Rose And Vine is just simply superb with the horns, xylophone and banjo.
There other tracks that grabbed my attention were Blacksnake in the Carport, The Island Moved In The Storm, Foxgloves and Old Kimball which while all different show different aspects of his voice.
At the moment he is touring the States but will be getting over to this side of the world later in the year- not sure if he is actually going to hit Dublin but getting a personalised response from a MySpace mail is refreshing! Go here to buy it!
Barn Owl– great video by Jenn Myers