Matt’s reclaiming his good name from the realm of the pronouns next month with Hold Time, a 14-track followup to 2006’s excellent Post War. We’re excited. The album’s got a nice little guest list — Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, Lucinda Williams, DeVotchka’s Tom Hagerman, Ben Gibbard’s girl — although the title track sounds like Matt alone (sounding a little like good buddy Jim James). It’s a beautifully produced affair, with strings and distant pianos and a languorous tempo, all suspended animation and golden croon. M. directs, helpfully adding subtitles to black-and-white slow-motion footage of a futuristic people-mover. It’s all in the contrast.
Hold Time is out 2/17 via Merge.