Matt Pond PA â€“ Last Light / 2007 Altitude / 13 Tracks / http://www.mattpondpa.com / http://www.altituderecords.com /
I canâ€™t believe that Matt Pond PA has been around for practically ten years. Well, after listening to â€œLast Lightâ€, I can, but still. â€œThe title (and opening track) shows exactly mature Matt Pond PA is. The atmospheric sound of the alt-rock that the band plays has comparisons ready-made to acts like Modest Mouse, while still having links to the fun eighties pop such as Midnight Oil. What results during songs and albums like â€œLast Lightâ€ is something that is truly timeless; individuals could be listening to this album in 2027 and still find lyrics and structures that relate to them.
The inclusion of a piano to â€œPeople Have A Wayâ€ throws a little bit of a Billy Joel-like joviality to Matt Pond PAâ€™s sound, but the emotional and instrumental intensity that first reared its head on â€œLast Lightâ€ does not disappear when the style shifts. Rather, the two strains unite to create something more complex, more intricate, and more impressive than anything that has previously been heard. â€œLocate The Pieceâ€ continues the party, as it shows Matt Pond PA as an act that can completely throw out the outward style of prior tracks but still maintain some sort of commonality with the same tracks. â€œLocate The Piecesâ€ has a much more slower and deliberate sound than either â€œLast Lightâ€ and â€œPeople Have A Wayâ€, but the simpler sound of this track does not eschew the complexities in emotion and sound that have been cultivated up to that point of â€œLast Lightâ€. Later tracks, such as â€œSunlightâ€ and â€œUntil The East Coast Ends, twinkle as brightly as the first steps taken by Matt Pond PA on this album; it is not the bandâ€™s purpose to put out a few singles and a heap of forgettable tracks. â€œForeign Bedroomsâ€ has a much more jangly sound than other songs on â€œLast Lightâ€, which turns interpretation of the vocals in a slightly different way. â€œForeign Bedroomsâ€ has the vaguest tint of early Cure, despite the much more happy outward appearance of the track to anything that was on â€œThe Topâ€ or â€œThree Imaginary Boysâ€.
Matt Pond PA show that they can continually create interesting music, whether it be on a song to song or an album to album basis. Few acts can make it to the 10 year mark; with the successes that the band has notched on their belt with this album, it would be a good guess that the act could stick together for quite a few more years after this. For interesting, contemplative indie rock, â€œLast Lightâ€ is the Matt Pond PA album to pick up.
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