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Days of Being Wild

Matt KivelAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Woodsist
  • ASIN: B00K252XVW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,849 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Days of Being Wild was recorded over the course of six weeks in the summer of 2013 with Paul Oldham in a small detached shed in Los Angeles. The album art features original drawings by Max Markowitz. I had worked with Paul on the last record I did, 2013 s Double Exposure, and I was lucky because he decided to move to LA right after that record was finished. My friend Brian Cosgrove has this house in the Echo Park hills, kind of a punk house where everyone who lives in it plays in bands. It s got a front porch with a refrigerator on it and it s got a one room shed in the back where bands rehearse. A lot of bands have rehearsed there over the years. Paul and I started meeting there over the summer and I would buy Paul beer. We drank whiskey on the first day, but I think we both got too drunk to do anything productive well, at least I did, Paul s from Kentucky, so he has an even higher threshold so we switched to beer and things went smoothly from then on. I played most of the instruments, Paul played bass, and my friend David Kitz joined in on drums for two of the harder songs. Paul told me some great stories about all of the musicians he s worked with over the years. He even told me the secret to I See a Darkness Bunny Wailer s Blackheart Man. Supposedly he and Will were listening to that a lot when they made that record one of my favorites. So, I started listening to it myself. It s fantastic. When I wrote these songs I was trying to do something that felt more social, something that reached out a little bit more to other people and that s why there are more drums on it. People like to rock! I also wanted to use more electric guitar. I was listening to the radio a lot at this time. I was really sick of my record collection and I started listening to the classic rock stations and for the first time I really started enjoying that music Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, The Cars, Fleetwood Mac I was really feeling that stuff. My friend Eric Deines told me that some of the songs feel like super-minimal, outsider transmissions of Jesse s Girl and I kind of like that. Todd Ledford from Olde English Spelling Bee was also very helpful after the recording was done. He was the first person I sent these songs to and he gave me a lot of good advice about mixing and recording and life. He thinks there are a few potential hits on this album ... but which ones? I guess we ll have to watch the Billboard charts to find out. Matt Kivel

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Beautiful Album July 18, 2014
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It's entitled Days of Being Wild, but it has more of a Remembering Days of Being Wild vibe. There's a softness that doesn't so much float as glide.There's an airiness that has enough of a fullness so that you know you've just listened to something. Something good. And satisfying. "Underwater" and "Insignificance" are my favorite songs on the album and are the songs of 2014. I hope they get airplay somewhere. I actually don't understand much of what Matt is saying - he must have taken lessons from Michael Stipe - but there's something there that makes me think he's saying something important. It feels important, at least. The music is wonderful, so that's enough for me to listen to. The voice is more of an instrument than a vehicle for words. Insignificance reminds me of 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins, and as that's my favorite song by them, that's a good thing. Now that I type that, I don't understand most words of 1979 either!!

Some songs on the album sound like Okie Field Recordings in that the arrangements are sparse and spare. They could have been recorded 80 years ago, or they could have been recorded yesterday. But they are songs from the heart. After 1 or 2 of these simpler songs I drift back to "Underwater" and/or "Insignificance" so I was wondering if I should have just bought those singles, but with each listen I go deeper in into the album so songs such as "Little Girls" (at only 1:30 in length) and "Open Road" grow on me more. There's a Cowboy Junkies vibe in some of the songs in that there's space for the songs to breathe. "Dolphins" could be on the softest New Age album.

I tried to use a combination of ethereal and solid words so that I could express the feeling this album creates, and I hope I got something across. It really is a good album. I don't buy much these days, and I usually listen to things more rockin' than this, but this is a great album for the quieter times.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 And A Half Star Album August 13, 2014
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More of a 3 and half star record, but couldn't select that. It's a relaxing album and Matt's falsetto and regular voice are just beautiful. Hard to understand his lyrics at times so I wish he had included them in the liner. Also, the music tends to sound alike at times, but enjoyable all the same.
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