October 31, 2009, 2:49 am
Filed under: Album Reviews


Matthew Bayot
Standard of Living
Fire Records

Matthew Bayot’s second release is a case in point of what becometh of the man who aims for ‘alternative’ and instead achieves something throughly dull. Sure the premise is quite novel (its a Weezer / India-era Beatles hybrid) and sure it shuns the prevailing sensibilties of mainstream music, but from start to finish Bayot creates music that appears to be intentionally listless and un-engaging. Devoid of any character it quickly becoming labourious by about Track 3. Instead of being integral to the sound, the Middle-Eastern dimension seems buffeted-on, making the entire premise feel inauthentic, the end product being an accumulation of fart-smelling Quasi-mysticism, taped to clunky vocals and a gallery of incongruosly banal imagery. It’s sparingly appealing however when Bayot manages a sun-bleached Seventie’s sound and his oak-smoked tones are nicely sonorous, but it’s hard to imagine exactly who’d enjoy this.


Download: ‘The Claims’ ‘Still On’ ‘Blues In Three’
For Fans Of: Stephen Malkmus, The Beatles.

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