Saturday, March 18, 2017

MATTHEW ALEXANDER - Three Minute Movie

 In his sixth full length album, independent artist Matthew Alexander offers his most accomplished work yet - Three Minute Movie – 14 songs that cover a broad scope of the human experience including themes such as betrayal, redemption, grief and love.

Raised in Manhattan by his classical composer father and poet mother, Alexander took lessons in acoustic style guitar from the late Artie Traum and Jack Baker. He was discovered at age 16 by Tin Pan Alley songwriter Lou Stallman who published his first twelve compositions. Early in his career, he opened for Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Tim Weissburg.

 Alexander’s songs have drawn comparisons to such acoustic pop artists as Jim Croce, Paul Simon and J.J. Cale. He is known for his unique finger picking style, expressive voice and powerful melodic sensibility. Produced by Michael McGinnis.

Three Minute Movie displays an array of acoustic and electric instruments that are tailored to the emotional heartbeat of each song. The title track bristles with country rock energy. Other songs, such as “Rainy Afternoon” and “Indigo and I”, show a more laid-back jazz-folk style.

Two folk-oriented cuts ­- “Lost in this World” and “If You Didn’t Know Me” - tackle profound themes of alienation and caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s Disease while two instrumentals - “Tagalong” and “Citizen Train” - showcase Alexander’s mastery of Travis picking.

Also included on the disc are two covers - “Beyond the Sea” and “Ramblin’ Rose” - which demonstrate Alexander’s talent for bringing a fresh approach to classic songs.

 In a pre-release review of Three Minute Movie, Freddy Cellis of Rootstime wrote: “striking attention to melody and lyrics…brilliant guitar playing reminiscent of Mark Knopfler…marvelous.” Matthew Alexander’s music can be heard on Pandora Radio at Matthew Alexander Radio.


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