All year round, it’s still summer. And indie rocker Matt Pond’s adventure continues. The brakes are shot, the pickup truck is rusted through and overheating. Everyone is out of their minds.
matt pond PA‘s “Still Summer” is their twelfth full-length album and the second Pond is releasing under his independent label, 131 Records. “It’s not about reliving the past,” says Pond. “It’s about allowing the present to breathe. It’s about holding hands with ghosts and then letting go.”
Along with “Winter Lives”, released in December 2016 by 131 Records, “Still Summer” will be the last album Pond releases as matt pond PA. Over time, a new track or take will be added to each — this is the never-ending conclusion of matt pond PA’s strange musical tour.
There will be more music. Yet the serious ones say summer only lasts so long. Soon there will be different titles, unfamiliar names, unforeseen sounds associated with Matt Pond. As if the beginning and the end were one and the same.
“Pond was already a master of couching wistful reflection in rousing anthems, and “Still Summer” demonstrates that skill to wondrous effect: Playfully retro synths and chant-along choruses (“I won’t let go / I won’t let go / I won’t”) all contribute to a hook-packed snapshot of late-summer love and its bittersweet aftermath. If “Still Summer” had been recorded by The Cars in 1984, it’d already be a classic.”–NPR All Songs Considered