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Matt Bartram

Arundel

(DriftingFalling; US: 11 Apr 2008; UK: 12 Apr 2008)

Matt Bartram’s guitars not only coexist with one another, they coalesce like colors on the canvas of a magnificent, yet bleak, landscape. Bartram pretty much has this whole nu-gaze thing down to a science. He’s done it for years with his band Air Formation, and has now released a more solo-centered bedroom project. His repertoire of six-strings sounds like a Sam Ash catalog: Fender Jazzmaster, Jaguar & Telecaster, Fender Jaguar Baritone Custom, Burns Double Six. There are songs such as “North Facing Window”, where Bartram peppers lyrics and percussion around his guitar tapestries, and “Leave by Nine”, where he lets the atmosphere of the guitars take hold, buoyed only by a minimal piano riff.  Then there’s the skuzzfest “View of the Downs”—basically well-regulated distortion. Bartram is based out of the UK, but hopefully Arundel will bring him across the pond. Maybe he could teach those guys at Death by Audio a thing or two.

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Joe is a freelance writer who focuses on music, politics, and popular culture. His work has been published at AOL Music, Staten Island Advance, NYDailyNews.com, and SIDump.com. One semester away from mastering J-School over at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Joe lives in a pastoral abode out on Staten Island where he enjoys the solitude and the whiskey.


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