From a cabin in the woods outside of Bearsville, NY--where there's nothing much to do but watch the grass grow up with the coyotes, deer, turkeys, and yes, bears--Matt Pond let go of studio entanglements so he could hack off a piece of his own fate.
Trusting in the flicker at the end of the tunnel, he gives us The Dark Leaves , due April 2010.
It's been a few years since matt pond PA's, Last Light. And in the meantime, there's been some razing, rooting and rebuilding. You can hear it in the song 'Ruins', and you can feel it in a strain called 'Remains.'
Here s MPPA now: out of the gate on 'Running Wild', in a Louisville backyard, and on to a broken piece of a Miller High Life and then the sidewalk grass of 'Brooklyn Fawn' and then to the 'Specks' of gold in the Connecticut River.
These are to the reeling mistakes of one man washed away in cracked sinks of hotel bathrooms. Spinning seeds, green eyes, sleepless nights and 'Sparrows' in the rafters: this is the sound of the silent holes in a heart bent on survival.
These are the far flung stories of heartache and pain and redemption. These are stories of pain where a person completely dives into their own pitch-black night and comes out again, These are also stories of when the dark finally leaves.
In this era of technological advancements, it's remarkable that something can be repaired the old-fashioned way -- dismantling the gears to put it all back together again.
After almost giving up on the world outside the woods, Matt Pond, with the invaluable aid of Chris Hansen (engineer, co-producer), returns with The Dark Leaves. It's a record about surrendering and not, about being done with darkness and having something to sing about.