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New York’s Matthew Foster-Moore is ecstatic about his upcoming release, The Fine Print. It’s twelve new tracks of his compelling amalgam of acoustic roots music with dashes of indie-rock, but harder-hitting than Headlines, his 2011 debut.
“Headlines was my first time doing everything. The first songs I’d written, the first time recording an album, the first time doing tour dates. That was an important period of discovery, but this time, when we went back into the studio, I felt like ‘hey, I know how to do this’. We worked as fast as we could because I like that sense of urgency; you catch the ideas while they’re fresh and cut the track before you even really know how the song goes. And we were playing shows at the same time, so we’d come back in the next day and say ‘We gotta re-do that the way we played it last night.'”
Much of the material is darker this time around, fueled by several personal challenges including the sudden loss of a close friend in an auto accident, but the record is decidedly not a downer. “JT (Jefferson Thomas, producer) kept prodding me, saying I should get as dark as I need to, but ‘let’s keep things moving – if you get all slow and weepy and everything’s a ballad, this thing is gonna just stall ten minutes in.’ So we sort of forced the issue with a driving beat behind the first couple things, and then that just felt natural as we kept going, and the whole record was fleshed out that way. It gets reflective here and there, but it never stops moving. And there’s plenty of humor in there, too. Talking In Her Sleep is something I wasn’t too sure was going to make the final cut, but JT said, ‘Man, this is great – trust me on this one’ and we got loose and had fun with it.”
“Not That Young Anymore” is the first single from The Fine Print. It went to radio across Europe in February, but Foster-Moore was already promoting it in 2013 with two tours, spring and fall, that took him to the UK, Germany, Belgium, Austria, The Netherlands, and Denmark. “We planned to start in the US, but the reception over there was so positive, we figured we’d switch things around and hit European radio first. So this winter has been a real scramble behind the scenes to change course, but I’m getting traffic now from all over the world now, and I figure that can’t hurt.”
And now it’s time for America to tune in…