Category: Matt Pond

Matt Pond PA – I Thought You Were Sleeping / This Is Not the Green Fury

 

ARTIST: Matt Pond PA                                                                               220px-Matt_Pond_PA_I_Thought_You_Were_Sleeping_EP

TITLE: I Thought You Were Sleeping / This Is Not the Green Fury

YEAR RELEASED: 2001

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: These were EPs

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No no no

LINEUP: Matt Pond, Steve Gunn, Brian McTear, Brendan Kilroy, Mike Kennedy; then Jim Kehoe, Matt Raisch, Josh Kramer, Brian McTear, Matt Poind, and Brendan Kilroy, and strings a plenty on both.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Two EPs released by the prolific songwriter and his group to tide people over between albums.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If you have good music ready to go, why not release it, especially if it doesn’t quite fir in a new album. Well, that’s the modus operandi for Matt Pond and his group (Matt Pond PA). 220px-Matt_Pond_PA_This_Is_Not_The_Green_Fury_EP

These are two separate EPs released in 2001, and on these, Pond’s chamber-rock sounds familiar even as he changes things up a bit (with a great guitar riff on “Put Your Hair Down” and about as high energy as he can get it “St. Andrews”). There’s some nice percussion work on “A List of Sound” – someone seemingly double-timing a cymbal.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The group started a recording contract with Polyvinyl after the first EP.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, I’m cheating and jamming two EPs together for a review, so I guess that’s deluxe

GRADE: B+: Two EPs of good material that didn’t quite fit, or he was impatient to release, is a bonus for us.

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Matt Pond PA – Measure

ARTIST: Matt Pond PA 220px-Matt_Pond_PA_Measure
TITLE: Measure
YEAR RELEASED: 2001
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Are you one to listen to sad chamber pop songs? If not, then probably not.
LINEUP: Matt Pond, Josh Kramer, Sean Byrne, Brian McTear, Jim Hostetter, Rosie McNamara-Jones, Julia Rivers, Justin DeFebbos
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Creator of chamber pop music dials up the minor keys and sadness in his second album.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Matt Pond has a world-weary voice perfectly made for sad songs – and it fits in nicely with the unique instrumentation he uses. It’s a little baroque, and has very good use of cello and violin to accentuate the mood. The production is great and the arrangements are spot on.

Measure is a very confident and mature album for a second record with such an ambitious musical view. What happens, though, is that after a while, it does get a bit repetitive, and you probably wish you could give Pond a cookie or something.

So if you like the sadder side of pop and don’t mind some violins and cellos and other such stuff in your records, check this out.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: As stated above, this is their (his, it’s Matt Pond with a revolving door of musicians for the most part) second album. The first was released in 1998 and is long gone, as it was submitted to CDNow (oh, CDNow, how I remember thee) as an entrant for their unsigned artist competition. It won. But where is it? (Actually, that’s not really a reason to put it on Missing In Action.)

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.

GRADE: A-: I wavered over this one. Yeah, it gets a little same-same toward the end, but when played in spots or shuffled, this is well worth a catalog slot.