Like Death Cab For Cutie, REM and The Shins, Matt Pond PA favor jangly pop melodies and confessional lyrics. While their cover of Oasis's "Champagne Supernova" on The OC television show may have made them new-teen heartthrobs, MPPA create a mature acoustic style that can be both soft and lilting or driving with melodic and rhythmic intensity.
Several Arrows Later is an emotionally charged and musically satisfying collection of songs - perhaps the band's best to date. Pond has an earnest, yearning voice underscored by some terrific musical arrangements. Highlights include "So Much Trouble," "The Trees And The Wild," "Brooklyn Stars," and "Emblems." Don't overlook this record; it's a great release from a band just on the verge of reaching a much larger audience.
Written by Bruce Warren