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Matt Kivel, Days of Being Wild (Woodsist Records)




Matt Kivel, Days of Being Wild (Woodsist Records)
CD REVIEWS: July 10, 2014

07/10/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Matt Kivel, Days of Being Wild (Woodsist Records)

L.A. songwriter Kivel was half of the Gap Dreams duo, a debatably worthwhile Figurine-like Nintendo-electro project. Since GD’s barely noticed expiration, Kivel’s been on an unplugged-guitar trip while ironically listening to basically nothing but classic rock radio, as in Zep, Fleetwood Mac and whatnot. This not-entirely-unlikely scenario led to this weary solo stuff being stamped as “minimalist” by every critic-droid who actually bothered to read the PR-sheets, and I suppose that’s true, if you count people like Stephen Foster and Pete Seeger as “minimalist” artists, insofar as the sort-of-riffy lone-acoustic-guitar tunes found here, all of which almost made me long for Bon Iver (Kivel forces out such beautifully contrived falsetto quirkiness he deserves awards). But there are plugged-in guitars also, and drums; this isn’t completely a bare-bones thing at all, but a more targeted approach toward mooching onto the alt-folkie-festival bus.  Which backfires now and then, of course, not that I think this guy even cares — songs like “Twins” are a weird cellophane cross between Pavement and Julian Lennon, if you listen closely. Blecch. C Eric W. Saeger





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