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empire days

by the welcome matt

Flipping sounds as effortlessly as a Vegas dealer his cards, The Welcome Matt simultaneously defies the singer-songwriter stigma and fills the niche so well it attains an entirely fresh plane of existence.-- Genevieve Will(indie-music.com)
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1. intro
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2. a rise and a fall #1
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3. in san francisco
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4. 110%
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5. chocolate shooting star
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6. singersongwriter
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7. a rise and a fall #2
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8. love too much?
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9. what are we going to do?
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10. obstacle course
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11. empire days
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12. a rise and a fall #3
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13. seed song
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14. when we sleep
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15. rainwater
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16. outro
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Enigmatic singer/songwriter Matt Langlois, aka the Welcome Matt, hinted at an early
aptitude for music and a knack for crafting melody through an unusual childhood habit:compulsive humming. Even while in kindergarten, Matt distinguished himself by humming to everything, becoming the subject of parent-teacher conferences and causing consternation.

One of Matt's grandfathers, a French Canadian from Vermont, was a conscientious objector and progressive activist who volunteered in soup kitchens (a heritage that would later reemerge in Matt's own progressive lyrics). His mother, a product of the 1960's who was into folk music of the Greenwich Village kind, played guitar while Matt was still in the womb. Matt grew up in rustic South Londonderry, where kids got their rocks off by burning boxes of cardboard and paper in the middle of the road and shooting off rounds in the forest. The Langlois kids were of hardy local stock, and though not poor, were of a different demographic than the kids from out of state who came to Vermont to attend private school
and ski.

Ten-year-old Matt's future took a very specific turn when he and his brother received a red acoustic guitar for Christmas. That, along with listening to "Abbey Road" and watching the Beatles "Hard Day's Night," determined that a musician was what he wanted to be. Meanwhile, his folks divorced. Matt was soon working in a series of after school jobs. Summers were spent in Berkeley, California, with Tom, his guitar-playing uncle who had a tile flooring business. Matt began coming home in zippered shirts with the arms cut off, his attraction to California confirmed. Upon graduating from high school, Matt went out West for good.

Matt immersed himself in the San Francisco music scene, playing with the bands Deeper and Miscellaneous M, before joining up with Buddhakowski (a paean to both the enlightened deity as well as the inebriated scribe). Said group released CD, amassed obligatory following, and played uber cool venues such as the Bottom of the Hill in SF and the Viper Room in LA. His songwriting/frontman skills refined, Matt struck out on his own, to favorable early returns. His songs have been aired on two major networks, Fox and NBC. "In San Francisco," a track from his second solo record, "Empire Days," was picked up by Triple AAA megastation KFOG and featured on their 2004 Summer Sampler, alongside Michael Franti of Spearhead and Matt Nathanson. He has been featured on sites such as SongsAlive.org, and his songs are sold through ITunes, Tower, CDBABY and Aware Records.

Though Matt loves to record (and is currently working on a third CD), the stage is his preferred habitat. With a subtly arched eyebrow, thrusted hip, and sideways cock of the head, his persona echoes the greats of yore - Townsend, Davies - without ever descending to the forced or contrived. A natural storyteller, his phrasing punctuates each lyric, drawing in the eager listener to find out what happens next.

What is next for Matt Langlois and the Welcome Matt? Whatever happens, it'll most likely turn up in a song. Whether taking umbrage at injustice or reassuring us that it will all be right in the end, the music of Matt Langlois is acompelling benediction to help us along the way.

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C. Perry

Awesome - catchy - Beatle-esque with a modern edge.
Superb listen - the tracks blend into a whole mood and grab you for the entire CD. Reminiscent of a blend of Lennon/McCartney and Dave Matthews, Matt Langlois' writing is understated but not simple, and his vocals and arrangements are both charming and insidiously seductive.
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cloud nine and cloud seven

We love "Empire Days"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of The Welcome Matt.
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Laura T. Lynch of Kweevak.com

Strong from start to finish !
The Welcome Matt reflects hints of classic rockers such as Dylan, Steve Forbert and Lennon, yet Matt's diverse vocal styles and musical arrangements are modern and original. Langlois pens insightful, intelligent lyrics that he can deliver with an edgy rasp or silky, smooth inflections. The CD production is crisp and minimalist, not a lot of bells and whistles but clean allowing each instrument to present well constructed melodies. Empire Days is strong from beginning to end. 'Intro' has a pensive piano solo that bleeds into 'A Rise and A Fall Part 1', which lightly kicks up the pace as the drum blends in. It is followed by the captivating, hook heavy 'In San Francisco' that also features snappy, guitar grooves. 'What Are We Gonna Do?' starts slow as Matt gently strums his guitar as further instrumentation softly eases in, then the rhythm abruptly escalates before returning to a reflective, questioning mood. The song follows this trend until it ends and flows into the up-tempo 'Obstacle Course' which has its own innovative musical twist and turns. The Welcome Matt presents a diverse realm of stories and styles on Empire Days, a welcomed addition to any collection!
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