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