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Friday, January 01, 2010

Emerging Artist: Matthew Solberg

I Am a Fool - Album Cover
Chanced upon a link on the side of my Facebook page that said something about downloading free music, so obviously I had to check it out. Turns out, it's by an up-and-coming musician named Matthew Solberg from his album "I Am a Fool." What I've heard so far I happen to like.

According to the information on his website, he appears to be influenced by a couple of artists whom I happen to absolutely love, namely The Beatles and Nick Drake. The Nick Drake influence is quite apparent in the songs Liquid Blanket and Saving Disgrace, and that's a good thing. It's my personal opinion, of course, but I think these songs have been rendered quite nicely. If anything, I think the backing vocals for a couple of songs will have to be slightly altered to bring out the beautifully haunting melody of Solberg's trademark "finger style method of guitar-playing." His melodious chord transitions and seemingly fluid style are pleasing to the ears, and when you close your eyes, the effect is altogether dreamy.

You can download the entire album from his site, and I urge you to give him a listen. I would like to wish him all the best for his music career, mostly because I think he has a lot of potential, and partially because I'm jealous and wish I'd spent more time playing the guitar and trying to marry the tunes in my head to the words that I never wrote. Just kidding. Hats off to Mr. Solberg for his effort. I wish him every success. My personal recommendations are the songs that I mentioned in the previous paragraph: Liquid Blanket and Saving Disgrace.

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