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If Folk and Rock music got married, held their wedding in Nashville, spent their honeymoon in the Mississippi Delta, and conceived on route to Canada, the resulting musical offspring would be Matt Lowen.
Based in Vancouver, Lowen’s songwriting talent, keen musicianship, and charismatic presence on stage and on record reveal a young artist poised to make a major statement in the Canadian folk-rock scene.
The IAM Collective describes him as a “true musical statesman” with “musical stories and an ear-catching, foot-stomping, blues/folk driven sound. Matt recently finished recording his upcoming debut LP “Junkie’s Bank Account” which he co-produced, mixed, and mastered with Rick Genge at Spiderlodge Studios in Chilliwack, BC.
The record is a mosaic of Matt’s musical influences: the country and bluegrass front-porch jams of his childhood, his rock and alternative bands from his teen years, and the craft of lyrical folk music he discovered and honed while traveling across Canada as a singer-songwriter. The result is a folk-rock experience that hovers in the mist somewhere between the anthemic optimism of Tom Petty and the poetic and often dark realism of Townes Van Zandt.
Lowen has spent the last few years developing his craft: working on songwriting, soaking up life experience, playing live shows on and off the road, learning the biz, and recently completing a degree in English Literature and Philosophy, which he utilizes for songwriting and, occasionally, for livening up conversations.
Matt Lowen’s music rises above the noise of a marketplace filled with TV show contest winners masquerading as recording artists. And with “Junkie’s Bank Account”, he has just turned in a slice of true-life Americana that deserves a place in your music collection.
The mix is marvelous, with plenty of room for the well-placed instruments to live, breathe and spread out. Big acoustic guitars by Matt, solid time-keeping by Clay Thornton on drums, strokes of rhythmical hooks by Brian Loewen on bass and a huge dose of Rick Genge’s electric guitar, fill the songs with a familiar groove. The album has an intimate, uncluttered feel that appropriately frames the songs in way that allows the subject matter to be conveyed in an almost conversational manner.
“Junkie’s Bank Account” is filled with many highlights that include, the languid down tempo beat of “The King Of Good Intentions”, the tender slip and slide hooks of “Big Blue World” and the swampy rhythm of the title track, “Junkie’s Bank Account”.
Matt Lowen particularly excels when he turns the tempo right down, and takes his storytelling vocal timbre into Johnny Cash territory. Music and voice blend to deliver heart rendering compositions that truly convince the listener.
Stuck in an era of electronic music, Matt Lowen’s “Junkie’s Bank Account” is like a breath of fresh air after a hard day’s work in a claustrophobic coal mine.
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