I know this song comes with an extremely sad story, but I think just the fact that it was written demonstrates that Matthew Siskin, aka Gambles, is more than just some sad troubadour writing great songs. He’s got an emotional/political spirit, reminding me that there’s so much more that music seems to have moved away from. I like the fact that it’s mostly Siskin’s voice, with a lightly strummed guitar and a few piano chords quieted in the background; that voice is so striking it will continue to haunt me for years. You won’t see this on any release I’m sure, but you can check out the lyrics and a brief post from Matthew HERE.
Download: Gambles – A Song for Jeff Bauman Jr [MP3]
Rarely do I get overwhelmed by a track. Sure, an album can do it, but a song’s got to be pretty incredible in order to floor me from the first listen. That being said, I think one of the best songs I’ve heard this year is the latest single that’s been floating around from Gambles. The man behind the music, Matthew Siskin, will be releasing the Far From Your Arms EP on May 7th, and the title track is a must have in your daily listening rotation. There’s something about the frailty in the vocal, pushed to the front by the soft guitar strumming; it all creates this emotion that’s hard to put into words, other than the fact that it creates musical chills. Listen to this song again and again.
Download: Gambles – Far From Your Arms [MP3]
I’m a sucker for a man and his guitar, and that’s exactly what Matthew Siskin and his project Gambles has given me. Not only that, but I’m really enjoying his knack for word wizardry. Very few people can come across as affecting and honest as Siskin does in this new single, and my only complaint is there isn’t more to absorb. Even scrolling through his web site, I can’t help but be drawn to the aesthetic he’s putting forward. A bit of craft and poetry, and possibly a bit of hidden mystery. Sounds like it’s right up my alley, so I can’t wait to see him in February here in Austin.