Matt Southern is a songwriter, singer, and studio tinkerer from Raleigh, NC. From his days with folk/rock band Magpie Feast to his solo work he has always been interested in transforming roots inspirations into something fresh and personal.
On their self-titled debut, Matt Southern & Lost Gold paint folk songs with a broader palette of colors than is usually associated with the genre. The American primitive fingerpicking of “Gilles Garnier” gives way to the palm-wine-garage-soul of “Hands”. Seven Rungs imagines a rented room designed specifically for the facilitation of a long sought “good cry”. Plastic Bags and If I Go Home are pure folk-pop bliss filtered through cassette haze, mellotron samples, and minimalist loops. The album closer, “Bloodletting”, is a fingerpicked mantra of self-healing supported by bowed guitar swells and simple harmonies.
Most of these songs deal with characters searching for release and the many forms that may take. These are songs of the hunted and the haunted, the seekers and the weepers, and there’s also some 16th century French werewolves. Matt Southern & Lost Gold is an exciting debut that hints at the infinite shades possible with roots inspired music.