I just wanted to remind any readers in or near the DC area that there is a free show in support of his new CD , Comin’ Home, from singer/songwriter Michael Mattice tomorrow night, Thursday July 11th, at the Principle Gallery in Alexandria. It is a great chance to catch a rising talent in a really intimate setting and I urge you to come on out if you can make it. If not, pick up a copy of his CD — you won’t be disappointed. It is gaining steam and has been sitting at the top of the Hot New Releases on Amazon for some time now.
His acoustic guitar work on it is impeccable, creating rich, complex textures for his songs. I was expecting that, having watched his guitar prowess through his years at Berklee. The guy can outright play. But it’s the songwriting that caught me off guard. I wasn’t expecting such a cohesive set of songs with choruses that I find myself singing along to and melodies and rhythms that hang with you long after you stop listening.
This is a strong and consistent effort that excites me from a creative standpoint. There’s a real purity in Mike’s work here, a genuine and confident voice that has evolved as he has voraciously absorbed everything around him. It’s what you want to see in any artist but it’s a rare thing to find.
This is a wonderful CD but , moreover, it is portending a future- it is not a culmination. It is a giant first step in what I see as a creative arc that stretches high and far, a truly impressive debut that sets a really high baseline for his future work. A baseline that I have no doubt he will exceed time and time again.
So, if you can, see Michael Mattice at the Principle Gallery Thursday. The event starts at 6 PM and Mike is expected to begin around 7.
Check out his site for more info and to preview the CD.