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Back in 2005, I started to hear a lot about this guy Matt Pond and PA, which I guessed was the state he was living in. Ever the curious listener, I decided to find out what kind of music he was making, what the talk was all about, so I picked up the new album, Matt Pond PA‘s . For me and many others, this album became the gateway into the rich and textured imagination of Pond. Perfectly crafted melodies, a glimmering sheen around the instruments, and an undeniable energy that keeps you listening (and often dancing) from track to track. It also feels seasonal – we start in the autumn with “Halloween” and end up with the hope of promise of warmer weather in “Spring Provides.” There’s no doubt that throughout the years this album has helped me to inject a modicum of brightness and color into the eternal grey of mid-winter. Thank Pond.

Since, Matt Pond has put out tons of excellent LPs and EPs, the latest of which is last year’s The State of Gold. What remains constant throughout Pond’s catalog is that deep, distinguished imagination, speckled with diverse hues, composition, and makeup. Plus the guy really knows how to write a melody. The State of Gold is just the latest release in a rich catalog that shines and shimmers so brightly that you soon yourself hooked.

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It was around the release of The State of Gold and the tenth anniversary of Several Arrows Later that we at Folkadelphia were privileged to record this live session with Matt Pond PA. The band had recently been robbed of precious musical equipment while on tour, but still came out to hang with us for a while. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for doing that.

Special thanks and acknowledgment is due to Drexel University’s Music Industry Program for graciously letting us use their recording studio and gear, as well as helping wrangle interested, enthusiastic, and capable students to assist. I’d like to single out Brian Goehrig and James Clark Conner, Folkadelphia’s regular audio engineers for their leadership and hard work throughout our stint at the university.

Matt Pond – vocals, guitar
Shawn Alpay – cello, vocals
Chris Hansen – guitar, vocals
Kyle Kelly-Yahner – drums
Tierney Tough – bass

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Folkadelphia Sessions are completely free, just enter $0 when prompted. That being said, any donation you give here on our Bandcamp site will be used to help us bring you more exciting projects and developments from Folkadelphia! .Recorded at the WXPN Performance Studio on April 26th, 2015 by James Clark Conner and Brian Goehrig. Mixed by Conner in Philadelphia. The first half of the album’s opening track is a beautiful, restrained ballad, which aches with quivering vulnerability. The second half of that same track is a screeching, thumping rock song. And the rest of the album continues in this brilliantly contradictory vein, layering Mitski’s emotive, scale-leaping vocals over squelchy rock riffs and a sea of noise. Its lyrics, too, are astoundingly beautiful

Songs:

First Love/Late Spring

Francis Forever  I Don’t SmokeI Will

Last Words Of A Shooting Star

Philadelphia-located folk music organization, WXPN radio show, airing Wednesdays 10-11 PM ET on 88.5 FM orxpn.org, and WKDU radio show

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Welcome to a historic Folkadelphia Session. Before this point, we have never recorded a repeat session with any artist. Sure, they always say that they will write or call, but bands get wrapped up in being in a band, hitting that dusty road. We’re just a transitory frequency on their dial en route to another city. Truly we’d like to think that we’re the “going steady” type, but thus far we have had only “one session stands.” That all changes today. Enter Boston-based psych-rockers Quilt, officially a trio of Shane Butler, Anna Rochinski, and John Andrews, but who tour as a quartet featuring Keven Lareau on bass. They finally got us to settle down – at least for an encore session. They told us they were going out for cigarettes and would be right back, and they actually came back! Less than a year passed between our sessions, but it’s obvious that the Quilt have grown into formidible and rightful torchbearers of the contemporary psychedelia genre. On their just-released second album, “Held In Splendor”, Quilt focuses on mastering the long playing record format as a singular sonic portrait instead of a collection of singles. The result is an intrepid effort where there is no designated start or stopping point, but a sunlight-bathed, ruby-gleaming swirl of musical materials. Get on the ride and get off the ride whenever you choose. Your friends in Quilt will always welcome you back for a new adventure.

On their recent Folkadelphia Session, the band gave us a taste of their new record, holding us in rapture. They couldn’t hear us through the soundproof glass of the studio, but we were applauding loudly. Bravo Quilt – don’t forget us on your cosmic journey down the river of life.

Recorded at WXPN’s Performance Studio on January 16th, 2013 by Clark Conner and Eric Sanderson. Mixed at their home studio location.

released 03rd February 2013Anna Rochinski– Vocals, Guitar
John Andrews– Vocals, Drums
Shane Butler– Vocals, Guitar

A Philadelphia-located folk music organization, WXPN radio show, airing Wednesdays 10-11 PM ET on 88.5 FM orxpn.org Folkadelphia Sessions are completely free, just enter $0 when prompted. That being said, any donation you give here on our Bandcamp site will be used to help us bring you more exciting projects & developments from Folkadelphia!

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This is Quilt’s 2nd Folkadelphia appearance. The first was recorded on 1/16/2013 and is available here:folkadelphia.bandcamp.com/album/quilt-folkadelphia-session-1-16-2013.

released 26 February 2014

Anna Rochinski– Vocals, Guitar
John Andrews– Vocals, Drums
Shane Butler– Vocals, Guitar
Keven Lareau – Vocals, Bass

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Melaena Cadiz and this Folkadelphia Sessions, as the featured artist, This week, I became acquainted with the beautiful and tender songs of Melaena Cadiz In 2010, her first album came out titled “Rattle The Windows” and she’s remained in my mind ever since with images of Melanie. That album’s  songs between pop-inflected acoustic music, lighthearted Americana, and magnetic chanteuse.  After a Singles Project in 2013, uploading one song a month, Cadiz released a full-length, last year’s underrated or at least perhaps under-heard  Deep Below Heaven. You may have missed it’s initial release, but it’s never too late to correct that mistake. Sometimes when a record sounds this breezy,  its flowing, and effortless, from collaborators, to the crispness of the recordings, to the arrangements. At the core, Melaena Cadiz, with just her voice, acoustic guitar and her magnificent songs. During the Summer of ’2014, Cadiz performed one of the most pretty and gentle in-studios sessions from Folkadelphia.