Matt Kivel: Days Of Being Wild (Woodsist, 2014)

July 9, 2014 at 9:44 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Matt Kivel: Days Of Being Wild

Matt Kivel: Days Of Being Wild

Second solo album from a member of the bands Princeton and Sleeping Bags (neither of whom I’m familiar with). Woodsist lo-fi indie-psych-folk-rock, with falsetto vocals, lazy tempos, and reverb and stuff. Not out of the ordinary for this label, and not anything really surprising, but decent for this style. Honestly I think the songs with drums and more song structure work better than the more folky drumless songs. “Open Road” is the most the guitars get turned up, which either makes it a standout or makes it misleading. “Blonde Boy” and “Days Of Being Wild” have vocals melodies that flirt with pop, I feel like he’s almost trying to sing some early ’90s pop songs that I can’t remember. Laid-back and slightly downer-ish, but not too much. It grew on me a bit.

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