Visto de lejos, Last Night In America es un álbum bonito, tranquilo y fácil de escuchar. Es una mezcla de piezas cortas de ambient y canciones en las que folk, lo-fi e indie-pop se diluyen suavemente.
Visto de cerca, es una obra maestra en la que cada palabra, cada sonido y cada silencio está cuidadosamente acomodado con una intención. Uno de esos discos que se desenvuelve poco a poco y revela nuevos secretos conforme pasas tiempo dentro de él. Las letras se encienden como videos caseros borrosos y movidos que de pronto hacen zoom para enfocar una imagen específica: el cigarrillo apretado entre los dientes, una risa nerviosa con aliento a vodka, los pies sumergidos en la orilla del arroyo, un cielo repleto de aves.
Matt Kivel’s albums are like homes made in miniature — seemingly simple pieces of art that, upon closer examination, reveal exquisitely crafted worlds of their own. You can get lost in the details up close, or marvel from afar, but the intricate beauty of something so modest and expertly rendered is plain to see.
Matt has been releasing music under his own name since 2012. The brilliance of his songwriting has never translated into a massive audience, but then again, that was never his intention. He has build a strong cult following that came for the lo-fi indie-pop and stayed for the minimalist soundscapes and the heartbreaking nostalgia. Along the way, he has collaborated with renowned artists such as Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes; and performed shows with Angel Olsen and Steve Gunn, among others.
The first collaboration between Pedro Y El Lobo and Matt Kivel was an acoustic concert in Mexico City in 2017. An almost instant friendship stemmed from our mutual love of Leonard Cohen and a similar understanding of music. Last Night In America –the first of Matt’s albums that we have released– is a step further in our connection. It is a masterpiece in which every word, sound and silence is carefully placed with a purpose, but most importantly, it is a record that we truly love and are proud to be a part of.