Matador, the second album from indie-pop singer/songwriter Joel Streeter, 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, Hear Me Out. Recorded over the course of 3 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 (www.meganslankard.com) and Brad Brooks (www.brad-brooks.com).
Building on the success of his debut album, Hear Me Out, Matador is an ambitious pop record in the style of XTC, Wilco, Crowded House, and Paul McCartney. Fusing 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, Streeter’s songs remain satisfyingly accessible yet wholly original.
Praise for Joel Streeter’s debut, Hear Me Out:
“Singer-songwriter Joel Streeter cleverly fuses Britpop melodies with
mid-tempo indie rock while navigating his songs away from many of the
traditional pitfalls of generic pop songwriting.” – Johnny Funcheap, funcheapsf.com
“I came across Joel’s music on Pandora. I love it! It immediately grabbed me and I had to quickly flip the window to see who it was.” -- Steve Chen, Co-Founder of YouTube
“Hear Me Out’s vintage sensibilities extend to its sonic complexity and depth and a seemingly conscious return to the dogged studio mastery and songsmithing more common to late 60’s and early 70’s pop than to today’s latest retrofitted rehash acts. Streeter is nothing less that an avowed melody junkie. …Clear evidence of an indispensable songwriting talent, Streeter’s debut is as likely to propel Streeter into the O.C. soundtrack category as it is to win over a sizable cadre of grizzled indie-pop fanatics.” – Adequacy.com
“A pop classic…an artist that comes out of right field with another sound that is just waiting to be discovered. Streeter shows that he has what it takes to define a genre.” – Caroline Leonardo, Evolution of Media