Banjos, trumpets, pianos, and drums are only a few of the elements that ransack the lowly acoustic space within folk music as it continues to facilitate itself within the decade. Sheathing its previous skin to embrace the new wave, it is a layered genre, multifaceted with a collection instruments to create a marvellous sound.
Montreal based quartet Jon Matte, Martin Desrosby, Liam Killen and Alexis Messier have earnestly banded together to create a folk record enigmatic of life’s meanderings. Their debut album, “This Is How I let You Down, revels in the little things that we often forget, only to remember later, during our less poignant hours, during our utmost solitudes.
Tracks of Interest:
The second track on the album, “Unsatisfied”, reverberates a feeling shared amongst all. Matte sings of a hunger that burdens us to want, to beg, to yearn for more than what is given, to relish in the thirst: “And I got five minutes left to go, to feel satisfied in full/ won’t you take it all away, until the love inside might burn/Had I know this ongoing hunger in my mind maybe I’d already be satisfied/And I’m face to face, and I’m face to face, and I’m facing myself unsatisfied”.
“Uninvited (Storm)” derives from life’s nuggets; those consumed in darkness and rapture, later resolved by moments of reflection as evenings turn into night, and night to days.
“Trumpets escort a chorus of instruments into a ravishing end but the true gem of this ballad lies in its lyrical verisimilitude…”
“I’m the rain that makes the river rise and that creeps so slow/ I’m that chance you had but walked away only if you had known/ I’m that reoccurring thought that’s hunting you it keeps on coming back around/ I’m that last laugh you meant to have and realized you’re missing out/ I’m the last words that you heard before you realize the storm touched down” – that, is eloquence at its finest.
A plucky guitar melody is elemental in the track “Watching from a Rooftop”. An ode of self – reflection, “Watching from a Rooftop”, consummates the transformation from boy to man as Matte sings of the undeterred adult using wisdom as a crutch with every testament to his being: “You’ve got eyes, use them wisely cause they’ve been tricking you/There once was a man, who pleasured his heart until his own heart blew/I feel that heart inside beating and I never take the time to breathe/And all the outside takes me over and lies right to my face and I let it in, always did”.
“This Is How I Let You Down” is an album poetically sound; one that soars through the mind and roots itself in our loneliest crevices in an effort to illuminate its purposeful beauty.