FILTER’s Top 10 of 2011: Matt Pond, of matt pond PA
By Staff on December 1, 2011
In recent years, matt pond PA have seen a lot of changes—new members, a departure from their familiar baroque orchestral pop sound, relocating from their native Pennsylvania to New York—but the band has released an impressive eight LPs and eight EPs in the last 13 years, so there’s clearly no stopping the quintet from being productive. As to touring, matt pond PA is definitely a band who lives and breathes on the road (they just wrapped up a 50-date national tour with Rocky Votolato).
With 2011’s folk-rock-tinged Spring Fools EP (available via Altitude), scoring credits for the independent film Lebanon, PA (along with serial partner-in-crime, producer Chris Hansen) and a split 7” with aforementioned tourmate Votolato, matt pond PA are relentless musicians—even whilst its core member (and namesake) recuperated from a broken leg after a nasty slip.
Suffice to say, the new year will perhaps herald a new release (fingers crossed) and tour with all bones properly healed and in place. Below, Matt Pond shares his 11 favorite releases from the last year, which vary from chillwave to the Teflon Don to a Swedish pop star.
Matt Pond's Picks
1. Ponytail, Do Whatever You Want All the Time (WE ARE FREE)
2. Rick Ross, Teflon Don (DEF JAM, 2010)
3. Tennis, Cape Dory (FAT POSSUM)
4. Cass Mccombs, Wit's End (DOMINO)
5. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Wolfroy Goes to Town (DRAG CITY)
6. Real Estate, Days (DOMINO)
7. Robyn, Body Talk (KONICHIWA, 2010)
8. Beach Fossils, What a Pleasure (CAPTURED TRACKS)
9. Washed Out, Within and Without (SUB POP)
10. David Bazan, Strange Negotiations (BARSUK)
11. Neil Young, Le Noise (REPRISE, 2010)