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Matthew Fountain & the Whereabouts

Matthew Fountain and the Whereabouts share new single "This Is Kneeling"

 With southern charm and a penchant for finger picking to boot, Matthew Fountain and his band the Whereabouts have released the second single from their album Born On The Hook. "This Is Kneeling" nods heavily at Fountain's religious tutelage, vulnerability expressed through a trope of prayer.

The song is a slow roller, beautifully building on itself as it lyrically progresses. Fountain's voice is low and supple, coupling wonderfully with the sedative, folky pattern the song takes. A video for "This Is Kneeling" was also released, featuring a ballet dancer and choreographer named Candace Bouchard illustrating the progression of the song through her movements. The song, dance and video itself all bloom into a work of art that is pretty sonically and visually pleasing.

Give "This Is Kneeling" a listen below and check out the video where it premiered, over on Impose.

Matthew Fountain & the Whereabouts' "Written on Your Wall" Makes You Reflect on All Your Conversations

From shredding in Mississippi metal bands as a teen to a West Coast move resulting in a new sound, Matthew Fountain has taken the familial jazzy influence of his upbringing and turned it into the artsy folk pop us Portlanders get to experience today.

With anywhere from three to eight of his musician friends joining him live as part of the Whereabouts, Matthew Fountain's tunes lyrically reflect the familiar struggle we all have with reflecting on self-identity, social interactions, the future, love and other strong forces we experience. Some of these themes can be heard on his newest track, "Written on Your Wall," that came out just over a week ago.

Through moody chamber folk and a somewhat theatrical production, "Written on Your Wall" touches on the all too common human tendency of hearing what we want to out of conversations and other people's words. Its syncopated arrangements and interesting key changes keep the listener attentive while engaging in its relatable storyline. Give it a listen below


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