Since the release of his first solo album, Hear Me Out, Joel Streeter has been a rising force in the Northern California music scene. Building on the success of his first album, Joel's second album, Matador, features some notable Bay Area musical talent, including Jim Bogios of Counting Crows on drums and Jerry Becker, multi-instrumentalist for Train, returning to produce as he did on Joel’s debut. Recorded over the course of three years at Tiny Telephone Studios and Hyde Street Studios, Matador also features contributions from James Deprato (Chuck Prophet) on guitar, Matt Cunitz (John Vanderslice, All Ones, Mushroom) on keyboards, and guest vocals from Megan Slankard and Brad Brooks.
Matador is an ambitious pop record in the style of XTC, Wilco, Crowded House, and Paul McCartney, and it fuses classic ‘70s singer/songwriter sophistication with modern and adventurous production. Featuring 14 of the Bay Area’s finest musicians, the album boasts a diverse sonic palette including strings, horns and analog keyboards. Described as “an avowed melody junkie” by adequacy.com, Joel’s songs remain satisfyingly accessible yet wholly original.