BALLET, THE

MATCHY MATCHY (FIKA RECORDINGS)

BALLET, THE - MATCHY MATCHY 133501
Format:
1 LPD
Release:
17.05.2019
Label:
FIKA RECORDINGS
Kat.-Nr.:
133501
Barcode:
5057805017271
LP with download code. New York duo the Ballet marry the DIY ethos of the Hidden Cameras with the wry poeticism of the Magnetic Fields and the romantic pop of Jens Lekman, to create literate, infectious pop gems.

Formed in 2005 by Greg Goldberg and Craig Willse, the Ballet self-released two previous albums: Mattachine! (2006) and Bear Life (2009).

These caught the attention of Fortuna Pop!, which released their third album, I Blame Society, in 2013.

In addition to citing Stephin Merritt as an influence, Goldberg, who writes and home records all of the band's songs, draws from an array of pop artists and periods, from 60's bubblegum to 80's synthpop and 90's indiepop, fusing these in sophisticated and novel ways that reward repeat listening.

Matchy Matchy, is a return to the upbeat tenor of the band's first two albums. While inspired by Goldberg's experience navigating an open relationship with his boyfriend of 14 years, Matchy Matchy is not straightforwardly autobiographical; Goldberg writes from his experience, while also fantasizing about the perspective of his objects of desire, leaving ambiguous which is which.

He is generally less melancholic than on I Blame Society, and fans will notice a return to earlier themes ("Looking" tackles Grindr, as "Personal" did Gaydar in 2006).

Goldberg is not shy to write songs with explicitly queer subjects ("But I'm a Top," "Messing Around," "First Time in a Gay Bar"), while also taking on more universal longings, pleasures, and frustrations ("Jersey," "Love Letter," "Cry Baby").
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. LOOKING
  • 1.2. JERSEY
  • 1.3. BUT I'M A TOP
  • 1.4. I'VE BEEN WONDERING
  • 1.5. LOVE LETTER
  • 1.6. YOUR BOYFRIEND
  • 1.7. 20
  • 1.8. MESSING AROUND
  • 1.9. CRY BABY
  • 1.10. FIRST TIME IN A GAY BAR
  • 1.11. AM I DREAMING
  • 1.12. YOU'RE MINE