MATTHÄUS is a chamber folk band from Chicago and St. Paul. The band began when composer Ben Montalbano enlisted his close friends to collaborate on a few simple, yet deeply personal folk songs. As these songs blossomed into fully realized and orchestrated compositions, the result was a sound that embraces the colors of contemporary chamber music, with the emotional and structural bedrock of folk and roots music. These first songs and collaborations would eventually culminate in the recording of their first EP, “Effigy”.
Kitchen-Sink, is the concept of the multifaceted Poet, Singer and Visual Artist Marvin Tate. Tate’s music has
for the past twenty years evolved around layered cacophony, dis-jointed/personal narratives, with lyrical nods, to blues, beat and existentialism. The outré Soul-man and cosmic crooner combines social upheaval, with dark humor and unapologetic imagery to create surreal/urban and everyday characters trapped in David Lynch-type vignettes.
“Stone feet shuffle along to the old beat/shuffle along ’til I repeat everything I’ve done,” Dan Durley sings on his debut solo album, Stone Feet, an album full of heartbreak, loss, new love and efforts to break through the complacency many feel during emerging adulthood.
Although Stone Feet was recorded in L.A. with producer Scot Stewart (Mike Golden, Good Old War, Marc Walloch/Spill), the record still retains a midwestern charm. Nylon string guitar, upright piano, warbled flute and big harmonies fill out a record that ebbs and flows from start to finish with warmth and nervous energy. Chicago singer/songwriter Emily Blue also lent her vocals to 6 of the album’s 8 tracks.