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Vinyl, February 26, 2013
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  • Vinyl (February 26, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Safety Meeting
  • ASIN: B0079OPIIO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

1. Love Buttons
2. Dark Night
3. The Pictures
4. Here's Your Mood Ring, Honey
5. Vanilla
6. Bed Gnome
7. Safety
8. When We Climb
9. Tub Wash The Oval Owl
10. Caroline
11. Car Crash

Editorial Reviews

"Sometimes, an entire album of love songs can be a bit much. Correction most of the time, an entire album of love songs can be a bit much, but M.T. Bearington s Love Buttons is anything but conventional and, as a result, pretty wonderful. The pop-infused dreamy melodies are cut with harsh vocals, creative guitar riffs, and an unexpected blend of horns. Softer, more contemplative moments sit alongside rash and impulsive declarations giving an honest portrayal of what love actually feels like. Drums, synthesized beats, shakers, and more come together to form an impressive mix of sound keeping listeners engaged from start to finish. Tracks like Tub Wash The Oval Owl and Vanilla are contemplative and sweet. Here s Your Mood Ring Honey is a funky jazz-infused tune, and Safety takes a jab at hipster romance and utilizes hints of electronic keyboard and chanting vocals creating an edgier atmosphere. The album ends with the intoxicating track, Car Crash. The lull in intensity midway through braces listeners for the heady ascent to an energetic explosion that carries the track (and the album) to its finale. Complete with horns, slamming symbols, and crooning vocals, it has a refreshing ferocity. M. T. Bearington keeps listeners on their toes with a cacophony of musical genres and styles. They ve taken the love songs of yester year and pulled them head first into the 21st century with pulsing honesty and innovation. Love Buttons is an album that will convert love s skeptics and critics into believers, at least for the next 42 minutes." - Vanessa Bennett / Verbicide

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If you liked any of Matt Thomas' other New Haven music ventures - Leaves of Lothlorien, Weigh Down, and Orange Forest, to name a few - or if you're a fan of folks like Adam Young of Owl City or Bob Dylan in 1967 making music from the privacy of their basements and bedrooms, then you'll probably like the moody grooves of M.T. Bearington.

With Love Buttons, a lush blend of folk, rock, and psychedelia, M.T. Bearington brings together an album of weirdly composed love songs.

"Dark Night," Matt Thomas says, is "about a guy keeping a girl tied in his basement. Basically, a very twisted love song from the antagonist's perspective. He really loves her and desperately needs her to love him in return." (Spinner.com)

The falsetto opening to "Vanilla" evokes something of Queen or the Beach Boys. Despite eccentricity, the music gets in your head.

In "When We Climb," a shy but self-confident speaker sings of preferring the ground to the playful heights his lover ascends to.

M.T. has put his finger on an unsettling truth: Love itself is an oddity. Deep down, we never quite know what we love or how. And Matt Thomas - with his melancholic voice, addicting beats, and innovative mind - isn't afraid to admit it.
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