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Goodbye Juggernaut

by Matson Belle

Winner of 6 music awards and American Music Award nomination, Matson Belle mixes electronic/pop with cello, violin and world beats for an international music palette that doesn't pigeonhole them into one specific genre.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All the Fine Gentlemen
3:59 $0.99
2. Mother Tongue
3:24 $0.99
3. Goodbye Juggernaut
3:20 $0.99
4. Float
4:13 $0.99
5. Shampoo on my Pillow
4:44 $0.99
6. Before I Go
4:00 $0.99
7. The Last Yahoo
2:56 $0.99
8. Drunk
3:34 $0.99
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Matson Belle is an award-winning pop/electronic collaboration with world beat, Middle Eastern and classical string influences who have sold CDs in 16 different countries, have a fiction novel named after one of their songs, have won 6 major music awards, have been placed in 3 feature film soundtracks - all through word-of-mouth and a dynamic, international musical palette that doesn't pigeonhole them into one specific genre.

Kate Raidt (aka Matson Belle), the lead singer, songwriter, lyricist and founder of Matson Belle, moved to Los Angeles originally to pursue an acting career. Just months after arriving in LA, Kate appeared on the hit television shows "Beverly Hills 90210", "Wings" and "Seventh Heaven" and eventually won the lead role in the feature film "Hangman" which appeared on Showtime. Through her acting coach, Kate met renowned music producer Pete Snell and her musical interests took off - so Kate went on a game show and won $2500 to finance her first demo CD. Kate performed at the top venues in LA and quickly rose to the top of the LA music scene. Within a year, Kate was nominated for a 2002 American Music Award in the category Best Independent Artist and was selected by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists as one of the top 6 singer/songwriters in Los Angeles.

Eager to get back to her home state of Texas, Kate moved to Austin in 2002 and began searching for the right people, both musically and professionally, to join forces with. Kate put together a musical collaboration of violins, cello, world beat percussions, electronics and keyboards called Matson Belle and in less than one year in the "Music Capital of the World" they won Best New Band, Best Pop Band and Best Electronic Band at the 2003 Austin Music Awards and Best Pop Song at the 2003 Austin Songwriters Awards. Matson Belle kicked off 2004 by winning another Austin Music Award for Best Electronic Band and Kate received recognition for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year along with a placement of her song "Splendid" on the DVD release of the hit television show "Party of Five". In the fall of 2004 Kate relocated to Prague, The Czech Republic, and upon arrival received the news that her song "The Last Yahoo" recently won Best World Song at the USA Songwriting Competition and a remix of "Goodbye Juggernaut" won Honorable Mentioned at the International Songwriting Awards.

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Siren Song Magazine

The electronic rhythms, elegant violin work and organic percussion perfectly fra
The electronic rhythms, elegant violin work and organic percussion perfectly frame Jourdanson's voice, giving each song an exotic, sultry sound that's impossible to resist.

Playback Magazine

"electronic band" doesn't quite sum up their sound
Matson Belle: Goodbye Juggernaut (Self-Released)

The Austin-based band, which these days consists of Jourdanson at the core, has won Austin Music Awards for best electronic band in 2003 and 2004 (Jourdanson was nominated in 2002 for an American Music Award for best independent artist). “Electronic band” doesn’t quite sum up their sound, though. Also present are lush string arrangements and Celtic and Eastern influences, serving as a gorgeous backdrop to Jourdanson’s often searing lyrics and vocals, which alternate between sweet and shrill. Think Sinead O’Connor and you’d be close, though she wouldn’t be tearing up a picture of the Pope—more likely the last jerk she was in a relationship with. If she’s been done wrong, she takes no prisoners, and anyone who’s been on the receiving end of one too many losers will empathize.
You hear a band like Matson Belle and wonder how come they’re not already a much bigger success—a unique, edgy sound backing up intelligent, offbeat lyrics delivered by a charismatic front woman. Hopefully, Jourdanson can build on the critical success she’s already enjoyed in Austin. Heaven knows something good should come from all that heartbreak.
— Jeffrey Ricker

Insite Magazine

Matson Belle circles the globe to find unique musical flavors
Matson Belle circles the globe to find unique musical flavors…the musical diversity includes everything from Celtic/Middle-Eastern/Dance-Pop

Austin Chronicle

their future pulses with electronic promise
Goodbye Juggernaut
The cool synth tones of "All the Fine Gentlemen" rise and drift vaporlike on Goodbye Juggernaut, Matson Belle's first CD. At only eight songs, it's barely a full-length offering, yet the Middle Eastern electronica of "Shampoo on My Pillow" leaves no doubt of the band's intent to weld pop with a techno edge and classical flourish. Matson Belle is the brainchild of former L.A.-based singer-songwriter/actress Kayt Jourdanson. Her striking, modelesque appearance and creative dominance suggest Matson Belle is a vanity project – the credits note Diesel Clothing as a sponsor – but even one spin leaves lingering melodies and a sense of musical whimsy that mesh appealingly, especially on "Float" and the faint electronic ring on "Mother Tongue." Jourdanson’s lyrics bubble with young woman blues and dreams and shattered hearts, expressed with an urban panache that landed Matson Belle Best New Band in the 2003 Austin Music Awards and an offer by Gene Simmons to buy "Float." Goodbye Juggernaut's weakness is its brevity. Next round in the studio, Matson Belle needs more songs and/or a club mix or two, because their future pulses with electronic promise.
Austin Chronicle – Margaret Moser


Awesome CD
This CD is awesome to say the least. Matson Belle needs to release another CD soon.

Performing Songwriter Magazine

a gorgeous fusion of pop and electronica
Goodbye Juggernaut is a gorgeous fusion of pop and electronica. World influences penetrate the songs in the form of Middle Eastern cadences and Arabian drumbeats, while bubbly synth sounds add to the fun.

DCat the Bureaucrat

Why is this band not FAMOUS!?!
Elements of world music, trance and the breathy vocals of Kayt Jourdanson combine to make this a superb album. The lyrics provide a sophisticated consciousness to it all. If you've ever had a "foreign" lover, then "In your mother tongue" just might send shivers up your spine.


Lush sound coupled with smart, witty lyrics!
It's easy to see why Matson Belle has the critics raving. Kayt's eerily haunting and melodic voice meshes perfectly with the lush strings, Middle Eastern influences, and quirky electronic beats that make up the sound that is Matson Belle. At 8 songs, "Goodbye Juggernaut" delivers big in a small package. The writing is tight, easily identified with, and grounded in the eccentricities of real life. A true gem!!

Man Bird Experiment

Maston Belle: Impressive, cool sounds. Sophisticated and well crafted.
I first heard 'Float' on www.radioparadise.com and I knew I had to have this CD.
It took a bit of research to locate the source but it was worth it. I really enjoy the
smooth, well-crafted sounds and intelligent lyrics. I would recommend this CD
to anyone who wants to kick back and absorb the smooth vocals and relaxing tunes of Matson Belle.


Nice taste of a fresh sound
I heard one of the tracks on the radio, and loved it- went to look up more about the artist's music. Sadly, this is probably the only Matson Belle CD you can get - they disbanded, and a couple of their CDs are sold out. You're still getting a great deal. Small number of tracks, but they're all good. One of two CDs I own where I never skip a track.