matt bauer | nandina

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by matt bauer

alt country / americana with driving banjo, sleepy electric guitars, and intimate vocals.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. window hill
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2. water moccasin
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3. western states
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4. nothing that you like
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5. cold valley rain
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6. triangle mountain
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7. looking for strays
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8. first dust (part2)
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9. sand in your boots
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10. clay's ferry bridge
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11. jordan in a plastic bag
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Album Notes
"Matt Bauer is one of the revelations of 2004"
- 4 out of 5 stars,

"Nandina' showcases eleven songs of understated beauty that will give Justin Rutledge & Iron & Wine a real run for their money...'Nandina' has taken the traditional American music of country, folk & bluegrass and given it a contemporary makeover that has set Matt Bauer up to be like, say, Gillian Welch; part of a thriving movement that allows these styles of music to endure through a constant eye on revision."
- Americana UK

"Spare yet vivid, the songs of Nandina pair Matt Bauer's rich vocal with drifting antique banjo lines from another time...Matt Bauer drifts down his own inlet. He gently plucks and sings in an intriguing, signature style, melding a bit of Iron & Wine and Richard Buckner to traditional bluegrass and folk." - Miles of Music

"Less often proves to be more. A more beautiful illustration of that proposition than Matt Bauer"s 'Nandina' is hardly of the best album's of 2004"
-4 1/2 stars out of 5,

With an intimate vocal delivery, and musical accompaniment ranging from high-speed banjo, to open, sleepy electric guitar, Matt Bauer draws heavily on country and bluegrass traditions to make a distinctly contemporary music: Soldiers at Fort Campbell, Kentucky train to fight fires in the American west. A black deer slips through the floodlights on a suburban lawn. A teenage couple aborts a robbery at a gas station convenience store. Crushed glass sparkles in asphalt. Snowflakes slide between vinyl car seats like loose change.

" The music I'm most drawn to tends to be older, but the south I grew up in is the south of the 1970's and 80's, not the 1870's and 80's. So when I write about it, I write about my own experiences...if people listen to my songs and they can tell I love the Stanley Brothers or Texas Gladden, that's great. But I want to make something new."

Originally from Kentucky, Matt Bauer now lives in San Francisco.


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the rotisserie penguin

Beautifully realized record
5 stars. An artist like Matt Bauer doesn't need anything to shoot for. He's already there at the top of his game. On Nandina, Bauer manages to meld musical traditions hundreds of years old with the sort of desperate dreaming that can only be ascribed to the modern world. He does so seamlessly and it never sounds forced.

Just buy the record. You'll be glad you did.

"She whipped stars into my back. Mapped a desert sky in me."


Timeless! In an age of pure bubble gum pop - where even the darker bands are getting "happier"- it is refreshing to hear the soulful music of Matt Bauer.


quiet and beautiful
these songs have a quiet beauty: the artist sounds like he's singing softly right next to your ear. amazing lyrics and nice arrangements. highly recommended.


Very soulful!
Never give a 5 on the first CD, it doesn't give the artist anything to shoot for! Very soulful - obviously from the heart. Would like to hear more from this artist.


Always give stars where stars are deserved
Do hear Matt's offering to KEEP Recordings keepsake 2 with his track "David's Lamentation". As well, you may have found the best album (in 'nandina') to come out of San Francisco in a decade or more!