Matt Pond PA
At odds with the recording of Matt Pond PA's follow-up to Measure, Matt Pond, the central conspirator of the Pennsylvania music collective, found light. The somber and subdued compositions that had beautifully blanketed Measure were lifted and Pond quickly found himself rerouting three months of studio work. I Thought You Were Sleeping is Matt Pond PA's segway between the malaise that was and solace that is to come.
Devoid of the electric guitar and traditional tuning ofDeer Apartments, MPPA's first album, Measure relied on dramatic string arrangements and minor-key melodies to communicate Pond's dark reveries. Warmly received by fans and critics alike, Pondimmediately began work on a melancholy addendum to Measure but soon came to the said revelation.
"Other Countries," the EP's opening track, reflects Matt's initial studio work. Strings and French horn solemnly waltz around arpeggio guitars and a familiar melody. Similarities with Measure stop with the second and third tracks. "Put Your Hair Down" floats with delicate vibes and an appropriately awkward guitar riff while "St. Andrews" jars along with distorted guitars, bass, and lulling horn blasts. The title track, I Thought You Were Sleeping, further elucidates the theme of discourse that rings throughout the EP.