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Album Review

Introducing the Mattson 2 is a quirky little debut release — slightly longer than a typical EP but not quite long enough to be an album, it's also priced somewhere on the borderline between the two types of release; to complicate things further, it features a "bonus track" that brings the album's total length to just about half an hour. This could be a sly joke, and if so, it's in keeping with the ironic layers evident in the music. Guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Jared Mattson and his drum-playing brother Jonathan Mattson (assisted by bassist Aakaash Israni and a shifting array of additional sidemen) deal in straight-ahead jazz with a seriously quirky edge: "Longing of the Leftist" features skittery, almost jungly drumming, gorgeous vibes (courtesy of John McEntire), and startlingly twangy guitar; "Julian the Mountain" is a lovely ballad with a free-for-all group solo in the middle; "Met" is built on a nicely loping and faintly Latin feel. The Mattson 2 have cultivated a sort of shambolic tightness that creates a weird sort of inner tension — they sound loose unless you listen closely, at which point you notice how perfectly in sync they are. Not everything works perfectly here; the trumpet on "Airiar Britar" is a bit too pretentiously scrappy and the melody never really coheres, for example. But for the most part, this is a very interesting and impressive debut from a pair of significant young talents.

Customer Reviews

These guys are the most talented two musicians on planet.

I saw these two brothers at The Shelter Surf Shop in long beach. The Guitarist is truly amazing and the drummer is like none other, kind of like a jazzy version of Billy Cobham. These guys left me speechless. If i had the money, i'd donate a 1000 right here, right now. I'm gonna take this to Afghanistan with me. I love this music, it is like none other. These guys are gonna make it big someday i know it...... Semper Fi dudes... OORAH

intense street cred

these two are vastly original and ridiculously talented, it should not be legal. as fiscally young as they are, they're truly old souls when it comes to reviving jazz in this day and age. the sound is like the product of john coltrane jamming with the beach boys meets jesus. yeah, that's right- i call it modern jazz. this isn't your creepy uncle's elevator music; it's the new era in jazz. by the way, i can't believe jarebear resorted to using an itunes review for the game. dang it.

Alt/ Jazz

This is album is excellent I waited for a whole year, and you know what it was worth it. They laydown awesome grooves to smooth out your style...

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