Last Night in America is dropping next week, and with the release date just a week off, Matt Kivel is sharing another tune. It’s one of my favorite on the record, but be warned, it can induce extreme relaxation and contemplation…perhaps dangerous this early in the morning. For me, it’s the mix on this record that really serves Kivel’s goal; he’s got this fragile voice, or so it often sounds, so you’ve got to let it shine. Throughout this track, the musical element is low in the mix, at least when coming through your speakers; the percussive element is so light it’s almost a faint rhythmic whisper, with the guitar careful not to step forward until the closing moments of the song. If, by chance, your’re reading this in NYC, go see his release show this Friday featuring our friend Daphne Tunes at the Park Church Co-Op.
Matt Kivel‘s story took him through Austin for a time, and according to him, he was able to create ‘something very calm and still.’ Listening through to “Two Braids,” you can sort of grasp that sentiment in the song itself; at times, it almost feels like two separate songs carefully grafted onto one another. There’s this ambient piece, composed of light beats and little musical flourishes bubbling up now and then; this might be the most audible of the two pieces. Sitting just behind that, calmly, is Kivel himself, quietly letting his voice float notes out, though careful not to walk too far into the other piece. It’s a stunning number, one fitting the visual accompaniment. If you like it, keep an eye out for Last Night in America on May 10th via Cascine.
He’s got an Austin date at Cactus Cafe May 17th with Alexalone and some band named Daphne Tunes.
We’ve heard some of the upcoming work that’s being previewed for 2016, but I don’t think anything has quite piqued my interest quite like the new stuff coming from Matt Kivel. There’s a sincerity in his voice, prevalent through the other work we’ve heard from him in advance of next year’s Janus. I suppose some might beg for more, musically, but I think it’s needed, with the guitar steadying Kivel’s voice throughout the track. Feels good to just let yourself go in this tune here. Look for Janus on February 5th of next year via Driftless Recordings.
There are some songs, and albums for that matter, that just seem to fit right into your life. For me, the work of Matt Kivel is perfectly fitting for my reflective summer away from work. For instance, this latest single has this rolling drum beat, with lofty vocals floating atop, while varying layers of guitar work come into the fold. Sort of reminds me of long summer road trips through the Northwest with nothing but the stars overhead. His new album, Days of Being Wild will come just in time for you to take your own trip, whatever it may be; it’s being released on July 8th via Woodsist.
I’m in love with the feeling of this song. At first, I got overwhelmed by the tone of the guitar; it’s got this deep tone that feels like it’s slowly strutting along the streets with a carefree attitude. But, I also am really impressed with Matt Kivel‘s voice. There’s a gentle quality to it, and it’s carefully placed just atop the guitar chords. The rest of the track has pretty minimal instrumentation, even down to the guitar noodling in the background, but it’s this understated beauty that might just make Days of Being Wild a great listen; you can pick up the record on July 8th on Woodsist Records.