Matthew Leonard | Sunnyside, Ohio

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Sunnyside, Ohio

by Matthew Leonard

Epic organ-driven psychedelia meets catchy-but-weird indie rock! NYC rocker Matthew Leonard joins Columbus rock and jazz veterans in this gorgeous '70s throwback concept album.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Lovely Young Sunday (Overture) [feat. Pat's Organ]
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2. Aphasia (feat. Dave Holm, Brett Burleson & Bill Heingartner)
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3. Lovely Young Sunday (feat. Brett Burleson & Bill Heingartner)
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4. Takin' It All in Too (feat. Dwight Scott, John Kole & JC Kole)
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5. Big Surprise (Interlude) [feat. John Kole & Bill Heingartner]
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6. I Don't Want to Wake You Up (feat. John Kole & Bill Heingartner)
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7. Big Surprise (He Nearly Made It) [feat. John Kole & Bill Heingartner]
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8. Roger Sterling (feat. Bill Heingartner)
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9. Be Careful (feat. Ayaka Kojima)
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10. Hat Trick (feat. Pat's Organ)
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11. Drums of Kin (feat. JC Kole, Bret Burleson, Dwight Scott & Adam Stinemetz)
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12. The Music
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
NYC rocker Matthew Leonard joins Columbus rock and jazz veterans in this gorgeous '70s throwback album. Recorded with vintage instruments on an Ampex 440 reel-to-reel tape machine, this epic album features Columbus rock royalty (David Holm, Bret Burleson, Bill Heingartner) and Brooklyn indie alumni: JC and John Kole, plus indomitable guitarist Dwight Scott.

Sunnyside Ohio builds a sonic landscape that ranges from the George Harrison-inspired "Drums of Kin" to the bass-driven indie rock anthem "Aphasia", with vintage organ interludes and Optigan-infused melodic pop ("Lovely Young Sunday", "The Music"). The album also features a cover of British indie legend Babybird's "I Didn't Want to Wake You Up".

Leonard's signature instrument is the Optigan, a plastic organ produced by Mattel in the 1970s, prized for its early sampling ability. Pea Hicks of Optigan.com wrote, "Matthew Leonard strikes right balance between catchy and weird, lo-fi yet coherent production".

Several tracks on the album use custom Optigan.com discs, including RADIOAKTIVOX! and Sitar, licensed under Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/).

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