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Last Light
     

Last Light

by matt pond PA
 

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Like its title suggests, Last Light is mainly focused on twilight, that hazy period where scattered sun separates nighttime from daylight. The album also finds Matt Pond sitting in the producer's seat for the first time, bolstering his track list with an indie rock polish not heard on previous albums. Much like Neko Case's See more details below

Overview

Like its title suggests, Last Light is mainly focused on twilight, that hazy period where scattered sun separates nighttime from daylight. The album also finds Matt Pond sitting in the producer's seat for the first time, bolstering his track list with an indie rock polish not heard on previous albums. Much like Neko Case's Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, whose atmospheric sound was one of Light's biggest inspirations, these songs mix melancholy with hope, reality with memory, lonely guitars with chamber pop string sections. Case even makes a cameo here, singing backup on the bluesy "Taught to Look Away." She's one of many guests, actually; having lost the lineup that helped record Several Arrows Later, Pond has assembled another competent group -- including a replacement cellist, although the instrument isn't used as often -- and filled his cameo list with names like Isobel Sollenberger (Bardo Pond), John O'Mahoney (Metric), guest producer Rob Schnapf (Beck), and Rooney guitarist Taylor Locke. Often, the music is wistful and introspective, with Pond annunciating his lyrics with slow deliberation. Elsewhere, he embraces the sweeping guitar-led sounds of Blur, Pulp, and other British heavyweights, whose influence culminates on the memorable "Basement Parties." Last Light is a different album from what we've heard before, and Matt Pond has rarely put himself in such close contact with his idols. Even so, it's another move forward for an artist who rarely heads in the wrong direction.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Altitude Records
UPC:
0898894000820
catalogNumber:
40008
Rank:
143301

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Performance Credits

matt pond PA   Primary Artist
Bob Hoffnar   Pedal Steel Guitar
Kelly Hogan   Vocals
Jane Scarpantoni   Cello
Thom Monahan   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Neko Case   Vocals
Isobel Sollenberger   Vocals
Brian Pearl   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vibes,Wurlitzer
Taylor Locke   Guitar
David Gold   Viola
Dan Crowell   Organ,Percussion,Drums
Maxim Moston   Violin
Lance Konnerth   Guitar
Matthew Pond   Guitar,Vocals
Matthew Daniel Siskin   Bass,Bass Guitar
John O'Mahony   Guitar
Max Moston   Violin
Chris Hansen   Keyboards
Antoine Silerman   Violin
Steven Jewett   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Rob Schnapf   Producer,Audio Production
Thom Monahan   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Doug Boehm   Engineer
Brian Pearl   String Arrangements
Mark Beaven   Management
Julieta Ruiz   Art Direction
Matthew Pond   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Reed "Mountain Man" Taylor   Engineer
John O'Mahony   Audio Production

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