Matt Everett worked his way around to his own style of song-craft by way of diverse experiences and influences. First came the Providence Mandolin Orchestra, whose repertoire of Italian classics, Brazilian choro, and Austrian art music kept him out of trouble through his teenage years. Then he joined the Amoebic Ensemble, for whom he wrote 'The Circus Has Been Canceled,' a tune used by the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, among others. Obsessions with various folk idioms developed: Finnish, Swedish, French, Irish, a smattering of eastern Europe. Various instruments were learned: bouzouki, accordion, fiddle, cello. Matt played at various times with: Bonny Prince Billy, the Eyesores, Espers, Fern Knight, TFO, Currituck County, Ring, Peter Scion, Plymouth Rock, and many others. Gradually developing his own musical styles, in his solo career Matt has pursued two divergent paths : instrumental music which has accompanied dance pieces and plays and found it's way onto film soundtracks; and thoughtful folk-pop, which has reached it fullest flower on the album 'Blinking.' When not making music, Matt is a writer of fiction, poetry, and criticism, and has had work published in The Cafe Irreal, the Agenda, and The Brooklyn Rail. This is what George Parsons said about some of Matt Everett's music in Dream Magazine 2: 'Really gorgeous musicianship... Haunting spellcasting with ancient folk roots, gypsy charms, and a whole flock of fine songs that range from almost theatrical evocations to simple bare-bones folk...This feels so true, simple and direct as morning sunlight or a glass of water when you're thirsty... there are no singular standouts here, as it's all cut from the same fine cloth'. Here are some other informative and amusing reviews (sometimes they lose something, and sometimes they gain something, in translation!) 'Matt Everett lives in a collapsed castle with loud jugglers and little ghosts' - Szene Hamburg 'Matt Everett loves classic folk melodies and writes timeless songs' - Frankfurt CityMag Other feedback has referred to Mr. Everett's evocation of 'Baudelarian ennui,' and likened listening to his music to drinking hot chocolate. Matt is excited to read and hear new nonsense (and maybe some insightful criticism, too!) about the latest album.
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