Thursday, May 21, 2009

Recommended Listening: Matthew Loiacono "Penny Riddle" & "Kentucky"

For this week's recommendation I'd like to direct your attention to the multi-talented Matthew Loiacono.

I've known Matthew for a long time - he was the original drummer in first incarnation of the BPQ when I moved back to Albany from Cincinnati. Over the years the multi instrumentalist has become an integral part of the Capital District's music scene, most notably as a member of "upstate porch rock" favorites, the Kamikaze Hearts.

More recently Matthew has focused his efforts on a solo career and running the Collar City Records label as well as an all encompassing blog/website documenting his endeavors, both musical and otherwise.

Last year, as part of the RPM Challenge he produced an incredible album entitled Kentucky using only his voice and his mandolin, though you'd never guess it by listening to the music. I've listened to this record quite a bit and I often find myself humming these melodies at the most unexpected times.

Earlier this year Matthew released Penny Riddle - a collection of eight one minute songs - an EP for the Twitter generation if you will. Matthew expanded his instrumental pallet on this one, even including several tunes with drum loops. It's a credit to his song-writing skills to hear what is accomplished in just sixty seconds. In addition, Matthew also printed up some sharp looking t-shirts featuring the cover artwork of Phil Pascuzzo.

Both Kentucky and Penny Riddle are chock full of great tunes and I highly recommend checking them out!

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