Barton documents his life in his songs. Things that can sometimes be difficult to speak about find their way into the music.
Driven by simplicity and directness; Matthew was listening to a lot of lo-fi music and a lot of 60s girl groups and Brill Building stuff and wanted to try and make his own version of that – what would happen if he sang Spector harmonies but on lo-fi, rough four-track tape? That leads him to began recording to four track tape partly out of necessity and partly because of the love, the raw sound of home demos, of Daniel Johnston and PJ Harvey and early Liz Phair.
“Japantown” is all about trying to be wise counsel for people in your life who are going through a tough time. If you’ve been there yourself and come through it, you have a different view on things.
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