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4-track EP out on ears&eyes Records on May 26th with live shows:

5.31 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
6.1 - High Noon Saloon - Madison, WI
6.2 - Raccoon Motel - Davenport, IA
6.3 - The Root Note - La Crosse, WI

MATTHÄUS // is a chamber folk band from Chicago and St. Paul. The band began when composer Ben Montalbano enlisted his close friends to collaborate on a few simple, yet deeply personal folk songs. As these simple songs blossomed into fully realized and orchestrated compositions, the result was a sound that embraced the colors of contemporary chamber music, with the emotional and structural bedrock of folk and roots music. These first songs and collaborations would eventually culminate in the recording of their first EP, “Effigy”.

"Effigy" is a collection of four songs that span both a musical and emotional arc. The order of these songs yields an intentional narrative that follows a path from reflection on loss to examination, further examination that ultimately leads to catharsis. The EP’s title song and opening track opens by positing a poignant question to the listener: do you even know my name? The ensuing 20 minutes of “Effigy” are an attempt to answer this opening question and the answer doesn’t come until the closing minute of the last song, “Letters”.

Through unique orchestration and songwriting, Matthäus creates an EP that is engaging on multiple levels. At any time during “Effigy”, listeners can expect to hear bass clarinet, vibraphone, and French horn, paired with a standard rock rhythm section. The result is a seamless blending of Reich-inspired chamber music with modern greats like Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens.

With “Effigy” to be released by ears&eyes Records in May of 2017, Matthäus has expanded to a collective collaboration, allowing further avenues of influence, always venturing closer to their ultimate goal: reflective folk-pop.

“A lighthearted energy radiated from the entire band... like the skeletons of classical jazz with the dressings of indie folk, similar to artists such as Bon Iver and Neutral Milk Hotel…. lyrics wade into relationships between human and nature, often carrying a sense of solitude and strength while contemplating freedom or celebrating whiskey, bringing their indie folk borderline Southern Rock vibe about. Between their indie folk and Southern rock sounds combined with their classical music and jazz compositional background, it is safe to say that the big band encompasses quite an array of style under the flag of Matthäus. This attribute widens their palpability for audiences across the board.”
- Jonathon Burkhalter, Hooligan Mag

“To me, I hear notes of Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, Tall Heights, and Patrick Watson. The sound is orchestrated and somber, accessible and captivating. The tonal pallette is unique. ”
- Austin J. Hill, Smile Politely


from Effigy, released May 26, 2017
Ben Montalbano - Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Keyboards, Voice
Joe Meland - Keyboard, Voice
Justin Peters - Vibraphone, Marimba, Aux Percussion, Voice
Lars-Erik Larson - Drums
Samuel Peters - Bass
Alex Blomarz - Bass Clarinet, Tenor Sax
Hugo Seda - French Horn
Christ Shuttleworth - Trombone
Special guests:
Steve Shirk - Organ Pump on Effigy
Drew Hansen - Trumpet on Effigy, Lower Goshen Park, Letters

Recorded and mixed by Stephen Shirk at SHIRK Studio in Chicago, IL USA
Mastered by Anthony Gravino at The Drake in Chicago, IL USA
Album artwork by Scott Durand

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