Matt Pond PA, 'The Dark Leaves' (Altitude)

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The Dark Leaves
Critical Mass
Label: Altitude

by David Peisner

Matt Pond PA is often dissed as "lifestyle music": Y'know, tasteful aural wallpaper to decorate the lives of mildly depressed, postcollegiate junior copywriters with cool haircuts. That's not entirely inaccurate, but it's a little harsh. The Dark Leaves wraps Pond's spry, jangly indie-pop melodies in plush, melancholy arrangements. It's rarely as lively as 2007's Last Light, but the interplay of organ, cello, and acoustic guitar on "Brooklyn Fawn" has a genuinely comforting warmth.

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