Matt Bauer – The Jessamine County Book of the Living

Matt Bauer - The Jessamine County Book of the Living



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  • 1. Useless Is Your Armor
  • 2. When I Was A Mockingbird
  • 3. White Lakes
  • 4. Blacklight Horses
  • 5. Morning Stars
  • 6. Tics 1979
  • 7. Poplar Trees
  • 8. I Want To Start Again
  • 9. All the Wolves That I’ve Known
  • 10. Flowering Deer

“If you’ve never heard Matt Bauer’s staggeringly beautiful The Island Moved in the Storm (2008), I suggest you stop reading now and remedy that situation posthaste. I say that simply because thoroughly digesting that record is about the only thing that can prepare you for Bauer’s upcoming release, The Jessamine County Book Of The Living (available June 7th on Crossbill). To hear Bauer tell the story, getting the new record to the shelves was no easy journey, but MOKB was fortunate enough to get a preview of The Jessamine County Book Of The Living several months ago, and believe us, it’s another stunner.” -My Old Kentucky Blog

“Kentucky native Matt Bauer crafts moody folk that’s as much Appalachian as it is apparition. His last album “The Island Moved in the Storm,” was about the murder of a girl near his childhood home in 1968. His new full length, “The Jessamine County Book of the Living,” with Bauer’s pensive banjo and guest vocals by Jolie Holland and The Dirty Projector’s, Angel Deradoorian, is no less haunting.” IFC

“Matt Bauer‘s latest album, The Jessamine County Book of the Living, is equally earthen and inspiring, a wonderful mix that features 20 musical guests including Jolie Holland among others.” Stereo Subversion

“What drew me in was Bauer’s voice, a thing so low and precise that it recalls Richard Buckner’s best work. (You might notice that “Blacklight Horses” features Jolie Holland, and she turns out to be Bauer’s perfect foil, a high contrast to his weight.) Then there are his songs, which are so odd – they are dark and beautiful, menacing and sweet; they are everything at once, and it’s an intoxicating mixture. And don’t get me started on those beautiful strings.” Music For Robots

“The album is a ten-song venture into experimental sound that mixes the bluegrass twang of a banjo with the ethereal sounds of an orchestra that seems as though it slipped into Kentucky’s own Mammoth Caves, spiraled into hell and is now playing its way out. In fact, the inspiration for the album comes from the natural landscape and world that is so prevalent in most of Kentucky.” Awaiting the Flood

“The Brooklyn-based songwriter has a narrative that is sometimes daunting and others euphoric. It’s a trademark that’s spread all over his new album “The Jessamine County Book of the Living,” out today.” HitFix

“The album is a ten song venture into experimental sound that mixes the bluegrass twang of a banjo with the ethereal sounds of an orchestra that seems as though it slipped into Kentucky’s own Mammoth Caves spiraled into hell and is now playing its way out. In fact, the inspiration for the album comes from the natural landscape and world that is so prevalent in most of Kentucky.” -Nashville Examiner

“On his forthcoming album, The Jessamine County Book of the Living, Bauer sounds increasingly stately backed by his trusted banjo and a string quartet. The lush, striking string arrangements featured throughout the album give rise to a near bone-chilling mood that’s hard to turn away from. Simply put, Bauer produces moments of haunting beauty that may be melancholic at heart, but wind up being rather inspiring thanks to the music’s great sincerity, sense of assurance, and comforting humility.” -Mixtape Muse