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The Matthew Show
Texas
Naive Music
www.thematthewshow.com


Summer. 1994. The unreal light of dusk plays on the suburban strip-mall parking lot decorated with minivans. Cut to interior shot of nondescript record shop where a primped soccer mom purchases a cassette tape for her overly-excited pubescent hoberdehoy. Overcome with the curiosity as to the socially inept young man's selection, his ecstatic joy is hope's contagion. Peering on, the pimply-faced teen jumps out of his newly outdated jeans, shakes his scrawny fists and cheers, "I got the new Phil Collins!" My jaw and hope for the future of our children drop to the floor.

Present day:

The 30 year old singer/songwriter known only as matthew honors the man behind Disney's Tarzan not only in the liner notes and cover song, but actually mentions him in lyric. How is it then, that an artist so blessed with humor, boyish good looks and innate composition skills hands props to Genesis' second son? (I guess that would be Abel.) Who gives a fuck? It's an enigma that only adds to matthew's cool dork endearing image and puts a few points in Collins' column as well.

matthew's adherence to reflective Nick Drake/Leonard Cohen folk spiced by humor big enough to lift you out of the hole. Straight numbers like the lovely "Bring Me Safely Down" and "Symbiotic Angel" are sensitive and thoughtful bits of work. Gorgeous even. But the deadpan rap of "Office Suite, Part 1" is a master-fucking-piece. Like a MC 900 Foot Mike Judge, matthew quoth, "No coffee in the breakroom/where'd my network login go/if you touch my fucking Dilbert doll I'll break your fucking nose." Instruments on this one are guitar, 1985 Ford Econoline, table and wedding ring. Worth the price of admission right there, folks. But stay for the electro-delta-gospel-country found on "Union Station."

Trust me that you and everyone you know will love this one. Every emotion is explored honestly and refreshingly along with many well-executed styles of music. And the wordsmithery is brilliant, unlike mine. If Phil Collins can inspire this sort of artist, perhaps there is hope for pasty 13 year olds with questionable taste.

-Ewan Wadharmi


Track List:

1. Theme from Texas
2. Bring Me Safely Down
3. Old Enough
4. Office Suite, Pt. 1
5. Symbiotic Angel
6. The Roof Is Leaking
7. Office Suite, Pt. 2
8. The Loneliest Boy in Toyland
9. Moutaintop 4th of July
10. Reprise
11. Union Station

 

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