My friend Colin took a much-needed solo holiday to Mexico this summer, staying in a villa in Todos Santos a whistle away from the beach. He spent the week sharing accomodations with a lovely couple from Seattle on their honeymoon: the husband a musician, the wife “doing something or other to do with fashion” (Colin’s words).
The musician was actually a man named Yuuki Matthews, who cut his teeth in awesome artsy bands Crystal Skulls and Seldom. He currently plays bass for the Richard Swift band, but also just released his first solo effort, an electro-instrumental chronicle called Music For Savage Tropical Imagery.
Music is the kind of buzzing, quietly energetic album one should have pulsing from the speakers in their foyer when a guest arrives for an afternoon cocktail and lazy gossip. The 11 tracks are a menagerie of sounds both rough and soft, organic and synthetic, polished but never slick–an inconspicuous, passive journey through a variety of gentle moods. If anything all at once, it’s just nice. Very nice.
Very nice. Kind of like a sunny walk to the beach from your breezy room in Todos Santos. Or like meeting a lovely couple at the next table during breakfast.
Filed under: Crystal Skulls, Debuts, Freshman Records, Friends are Nice, Holidays, Indie Rock, Lovely Circumstances, Mexico, Richard Swift, Seattle, Solo Efforts, Solo Projects, Todos Santos, Vacations, Yuuki Matthews
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