I don't know who chose today as the release date for Matt Pond PA's new album, Last Light, but the music couldn't be more perfectly suited to the waning days of summer. From the painfully timely title track to the gentle acceptingness of the final song, "It's Not So Bad at All," the music perfectly captures that mix of depression and optimism that has plagued my summer-fall transition since my first year of school.
Not surprisingly, I picked this record as one of my September must haves. For what I thought, and to hear one of the standout tracks,
Before hearing this album, I decided that if every song was all as great as "People Have a Way," then Last Light could be a masterpiece. While it doesn't quite live up to that tall order, there are moments of emotive mastery mixed in among the duds. With the string-driven beats and hard-charging piano, this Matt Pond PA reminds me a little of Andrew Bird if Bird got a little more emo.
In fact, I'd still call this album a must-listen for the autumnal mood is sets so well. "Basement Parties" captures the hungover doldrums that often come with the end of summer, and almost everywhere else, the waning sunlight theme rears its melancholy head. On "Foreign Bedrooms," Pond sings: "deep in the night / with halos around the lights / there's nothing to hold / it's all letting go, don't you know it?" By the end, you'll be happy to give in to the futile battle against fall.