Matt Singer - The Drought EP

I’m sure regular readers of this blog are familiar by now with one of my favorite NY musicians - Matt Singer. You may well remember the hilarious “Stacy J” - it got cozy between Rilo Kiley and Bright Eyes in my version of the best songs of 2007. “Stacy J” originally appeared on the free Family Records compilation Cross-Pollination: The Mixtape, Vol. 1, which also featured contributions from My Brightest Diamond, Cloud Cult, and another PHW favorite, Wakey!Wakey!, among others. If you still haven’t heard this song about a beautiful up-and-coming musician, her American Idol auditions, poor manners, and restroom promiscuity you should listen to it immediately and be ready to laugh out loud.

Matt’s latest, an EP called The Drought, has been released by Family Records and houses his most accomplished set of songs to date. The recording itself is exquisite - the combination of sparse drums, acoustic strums, jazzy bass, banjo, pedal steel, and piano are spacious and inviting, and leave Singer’s voice enough room to hover above it all. Singer has always shown the unique ability to write songs that are both absurd and profound, universal and personal, and The Drought features 6 of his best. The EP includes a reworked version of “Stacy J” and the equally amusing (and very NSFW) “Dynamic Public Speaker”, but the highlight could very well be “The Poet” - a song that eloquently documents a relationship’s communication breakdown over one of Matt’s most immediate melodies. Listen.

MP3 :: Stacy J (original version)
(from Cross Pollination: The Mixtape, Vol. 1. Download album here)

Matt Singer is a witty human being, and you can now be privy to that in more than just song form. His new blog, My Everything Pill, is very handsome and wants to meet you. Matt’s playing live at Rockwood Music Hall in the Rebel Spirit Showcase this Wednesady (2/4/09) and later this month at Union Hall in Park Slope on February 18.
Matt has also just been nominated to be The Deli Magazine's Artist of the Month. Click here and vote for him...

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