Montreal based singer/songwriter Matt Holubowski turned up in New York City weary, but ready to wow, and thats exactly what he did. For a Tuesday night on the lower east side its tough to gauge a turnout, but Matt quickly began greeting fans at the front door as a large crowd turned out in support of his show. This was my first time catching Matt live, but I have had his records on my playlists for quite some time. Its always interesting to hear the translation from the studio to the live performance, and it was nothing short of exceptional.
The show opened with Matts latest release, the single “Dawn, she woke me” from his short 3 track digital album which was released in April of this year. “The Weatherman (or, the Felonies are Magnets on my Coat)” which comes from the same digital album also featured in tonight’s setlist. The album can be purchased on Bandcamp and is a beauty.
With a 5 piece setup Matt and Co ripped through songs from his 2016 album Solitudes including “The King,” “La Mer/Mon père” and “The Folly of Pretending.” The attention to detail in these performances is sublime. The band which comprises of a cello, drum, bass, lead guitar, and Matt swapping his time between acoustic and keys is tight, super tight. A joy to listen to.
To close the show Matt saw us out with a brand new song “Pay for the moon” which is currently unreleased and turned out to be one of the highlights of a night where singling out a highlight was difficult.
The tour continues until September 15th which will see Matt through DC, Philly, and finally Boston. Highly recommended.
Article: Anthony Mulcahy