I’m sure I discovered this group and song from a YouTube recommendation. Way to go YouTube. There are loads of “session” videos out there and I would suggest you take a tour some time. That is, when a song finishes, go to the next artist from that channel, even if you haven’t heard of them. This is a great way to find new stuff.

I realize that I have always been attracted to this type of music. Simple arrangements, meaningful lyrics, unique voices, etc. But I am still cautious. This type of music can be produced by so many people, and yet, very few do it well enough that it attracts my attention a second time. I think Matthew and the Atlas cover all the bases of “folk” music and do it in a way that ensures it makes the playlist. I should also say that I am drawn to songwriters that take a chance on subject matter. This song is dark and I’m sure many people probably hear lost love, but I think it can be interpreted in many ways. I would also say that despite being dark, it’s also uplifting, at least it is for me.

This is a live performance of the song, Old Master. There are some aspects of this song that intrigue me. First is the guitar arrangement. It seems simple, but it’s remarkable for how it blends with piano and bass. Second, is the use of falsetto. Using the high voice as a contrast to the chest voice makes for great drama. Oh, and Matt Hegarty’s voice has some serious ping. It just cuts through everything in a good way. Cheers.