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Listen: Younger (Matt Joynt of Anathallo) – New Message

Date March 5, 2012

As long-time readers know, one of my favorite bands during the early years of this blog was indie folk collective, Anathallo. After releasing a pair of magnificent albums with Floating World and Canopy Glow the band went on a permanent hiatus in 2009. I didn’t expect that such a brilliant group of artists would stay quiet forever, and I was delighted when I received an email last week from lead singer / songwriter Matthew Joynt that he’s started working on some new projects (including a new band with some ex-members of Anathallo).

I was given a first taste of some his new creations with the track “New Message” that Matt will release next month as a limited edition 12″ under the name Younger. The sprawling 10+ minute track is separated in two parts. It begins with an atmospheric instrumental passage that builds to a cacophony of digital sound. This eventually gives way to a sea of lush electronica, with Matt digitally tweaking his vocals to become a part of the hypnotic soundscape. It’s a captivating first look at what’s in store for this exceptionally talented artist.

Younger – New Message by positivebeat

Younger / New Message 12″ marbled color vinyl will be available 3/21/2012 from Positive Beat Recordings in a limited edition of 500.


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6 Responses to “Listen: Younger (Matt Joynt of Anathallo) – New Message”


  1. Heather said:

    This is so exciting! With the new fun. record out, too, seems like it’s a good month for Anathallo alums. :)

  2. Heather said:

    FYI Bret Wallin also has released some music since then, but as far as I can tell just this one song – http://badboys.bandcamp.com/

  3. Dmitri said:

    I can only imagine how sick this sounds on a good vinyl system

    (via twitter)

  4. Tim said:

    Oh, please provide more information about the new band consisting of Anathallo members, if you can! I’ve been so desperate for more from these guys for so long! Thanks!

  5. Alex said:

    Ordered the wax, great stuff. Would love to hear about any other projects in the works. Anathallo were one of my faves :D

  6. Matt said:

    I unfortunately believe this song does not encompass the sheer talent that Anathallo had to offer the world. Matt has such a great voice and it should be showcased and unaltered. I really hope the band gets back together and makes the music they were meant to share. From disc to performance, Anathallo was one of the greatest bands I have ever listened to/watched perform. Either way, I will see any of them should they come my way (South Florida) because I respect the time and work they have put into the art.