Matthew Barlow: Sun Showers

  • Matthew Barlow: Sun Showers
  • Matthew Barlow: Sun Showers

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Design by Mark Gowing

The Preservation label presents Sun Showers, the debut full-length album from Matthew Barlow. Inspired by porch life living in the mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina, Sun Showers has a simple aim in its warm and abstract take on the passing of a day, and it’s sweetly rendered with compelling resonance. Shrouded in foggy ambience and cut with synth echoes, shuffling rhythms and field recordings, Barlow’s muscular and hypnotic guitar sits at the core of this magnetic quartet of pieces as well as giving it their edge and force. Switching to piano is a point of calm in Sun Showers’ insistent pulse, and the heightened mood states Barlow creates are bracing, reflective and wholly immersive overall. Sun Showers was originally released as a very limited two track set on cassette and has been expanded for this release. Barlow also runs the Twin Springs Tapes label. Sun Showers is the second work in Preservation’s limited edition series called Circa for 2014., unearthing and unifying underground artists. Only 300 CD copies of each release in the series will be available and will feature a unique design by Mark Gowing. each design realised using an abstract alphabet that creates an interlocking grid, determined by artist and volume number for something both fixed, random and unified across the entire series.

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