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CD REVIEW: Anajune Rival by Nathan Mathes

Dreams are taking music by storm, thanks to bands and artists that find the way to emulate and get us, the listeners, in a state of mind where you feel sleep awake. Genres like Pop, Post-punk and Folk music are among the most popular styles of music these musicians use to get you on their personal journey that goes from the abstract to something in particular like their lives or a fictional place they have build using their imagination.

The music on Green Bay, WI’s native Nathan Mathes new album Anajune Rival is more than just your average Folk album, it’s a journey. A travel into the mind of this talented artist taking inspiration of some of the most peculiar places such movie quotes to podcast and books. Personally, as you listen to the album there’s no doubt that one event in particular somehow influence the structure of the lyrics and therefore the whole material, and that would be the birth of Nathan’s new child.

Lyrically as you listen to the words, they definitely mean something, but the way they are build at first sight doesn’t make too much sense. Then you read on Mathes’ approach to songwriting, where he push his listeners to drown themselves into the music, dig into the words and find the meaning – like an archeological research. In that way, Mathes follows the same trend as some of the most greatest, original and iconic artists to ever step into a stage like Beck and Elliott Smith.

Now, as you listen to the album, especially songs such as “An Offer I Can Take” or “In The Long Run” you get this vibe that resembles a modern lullaby. Might sound even weird, and perhaps a bit creepy, but as I dive into the songs I had this constant picture in my head of Nathan singing these tracks to his baby and the child having a blast and joyfully dancing along to it. I could hear some Elliott Smith in the music as well, plus a strong influence by the likes of Wilco and Bon Iver.

Another thing that comes to my head when I listen to Anajune Rival is Boyhood or any other indie drama, not necessarily a coming-of-age flick though. “Time Wide Awake”, for example, works as a perfect soundtrack when you are on a road trip with your friends and family, cheering up and having a good time on the car or running around in a park.

Purchase Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/nathan-mathes/id402055336

 

In Short Words

Criteria - 90%

90%

Rating

In the end, this is not a record that would get you on your feet, raising your fist in the air or dancing on any way. This is life through the eyes of a child who doesn't know the meaning of it. A dream of a place that only exist in our, despite the redundancy, dreams. A mystery waiting to be unfold. Christopher Nolan in a nutshell. Anajune Rival is one of those records with a potential to become a classic, the only thing needed is a cult to follow. I'm in, how about you?

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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