This is a re-post from December 2009 – I found myself listening on the way to work again and just had to say that this is a great album and it deserves another spin & post. One of my fondest memories of this album is that I started listening at the end of the year in 2009 and went to a southerly beach vacation on January 1st. While listening to songs like Backyard, Dye Your Hair & Be Safe while at the same time watching the waves come in with just a hush of the sound of them (listening in headphones). It just sticks with me as being pretty much the best thing ever.
I love finding new music that I was completely oblivious to. Who doesn’t? This time I have found the Louisville “band” The Parade Schedule and it was a very welcome surprise indeed.
The reason I have band in quotes is essentially The Parade Schedule is Matt Kinder with a little help from a rotating list of contributors/friends. The new album “Seeds to be Planted, Trees to be Cut” was just released this December and it is an acoustic folk record at heart that has a lot of heart…you could say. Kinder has a timbre of voice that comforts, it is not a new age indie “off key” voice, but actually a pretty straight forward voice that goes hand in hand with his sombre lyrics and even more solemn guitar strumming. This isn’t your intense finger picking folk style album, it is a drifting and beautifully soothing collection of songs (14 to be exact, more than the average album these days!).
While I originally found it on IODA, I quickly devoured the two tracks below (“Backyard” & “Dye Your Hair”) and immediately hit up eMusic for a copy of the full album. The two tracks included and aforementioned are both cut from the same cloth and could actually be a part 1 and 2 of the same song at first listen. When listening to the remainder of the album, you will be immersed in lo-fi acoustic tracks, with echos of a less twang induced Johnny Cash at times. You might even see a little bit of early Damien Jurado in “Making Away”. Stand out tracks include “Backyard”, “Eight Long Months”, “Be Safe” and “Dancing” as of the first few spins.
Bonus: “Old” – The Parade Schedule
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Bonus #2: Live Performance of “Backyard”
p.s. The above main photo of Matt Kinder has a tag of “My serious band photo” on MySpace, love that about this guy too!