Artist - Matthew Heller
Album - Tragedy Town
Release Date - 8/26/2014
Genre - Indie / Garage
Like Artists - Guided By Voices, Pavement, Superchunk and Yo La Tengo
Portland, Oregon-based songwriter Matthew Heller doesn’t mince words.
Heller’s flavor of rock n’ roll takes traditional folk and turns the volume up, resulting in a raw and invigorating alt-rock catharsis nourished by a determined personal constitution lurking just beneath the surface.
His new EP Tragedy Town is slated was released on August 26, 2014, and is a naturally poignant progression for Heller as he moves the listener through carefully crafted songs designed to get them thinking as much as moving.
David Pollock returns as producer for the project, harnessing a wide array of vintage equipment and analog recording gear to capture a lush, organic sound that welcomes back fans of Heller’s 2013 release Invitation with open arms.
Heller has been praised by critics for his introspective and agenda-driven songwriting. His sharp perspectives on key social issues percolates throughout his music, and the message is being received loud and clear.
Revered Portland music site PDX Pick calls Heller’s music, “A variety platter of soulful sounds—but also an invitation to listen—really listen—to the earnestly composed creative work of a fellow human being, and hear him out. It’s an invitation to connect.”
Perhaps Heller himself sums it up best, saying, “Songwriting isn’t about standing around looking cool on stage, it’s about giving away a message that’s intended to create feeling, to inspire and cultivate compassion.”