It Is Rain In My Face.

by It Is Rain In My Face.

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"DZ Tapes recently released what may very well be my favorite album of the year, It Is Rain In My Face.'s self-titled LP...Matthew Jones’ voice itself seems to waver; from thundering, sympathetically guttural tones that mimic the rustic temper of artists like Bill Callahan, to the compassionate falsetto breeze as heard on songs like “United”. Both attitudes of Jones’ vocals feel safe, whole, and vast...Jones’ voice is weaved and manipulated between the approaching, somewhat threatening footsteps of hurried beats, and confronted by what feels like wise, witty, sensible stringing of guitars...Each track has definition of character; from the jazzy train hopper that is “Rotate”, to the entrancing routine of “Seven Eight Eight”. “A Break” plays through with the bright pitter-patter of continuous guitars like sun hitting the darker rims of ocean ripples...Such feeling of familiarity lends to the albums’ intimacy. Listening hasn’t only made me feel kindred to the storyteller, but as if I’m listening more closely to my own internal dissension." - verb/re/verb + Portals

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"A strange hybridization of chillwave's electrified bedroom groove and '90s alt rock's guitar-centric balladry...Jones rises to new challenges as a songwriter while fleshing out the charming vibe of his previous work. We see Jones excited, confident, and ambitious, no longer content with finding a juicy compositional element and looping it, but instead finding interesting new paths to develop it while he flies trails in the sky." - Ad Hoc

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"Mat has cultivated the captivating interplay of vocals and production that he so expertly balanced on 'Small Prayer', made more textural and dynamic by the use of live instrumentation in determining the direction of songs on his self-titled debut full length." - Decoder Magazine

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"It Is Rain In My Face. is very clearly a product of love from its creator Mat Jones. It is born out of a love for music as a whole, rather than a need to make a splash in any one field for financial gain. With this self-titled release, It Is Rain In My Face. develops a musical vocabulary that includes soul, chillwave, folk, and electronica, and synthesizes it into a singular product that, with any luck, will live on in the public consciousness." - In Your Speakers

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"This music to me sounds like an audio diary of entries from different places around the globe. At times you feel a world music influence mixed with some good 80’s vibes. At other times this feels like Air France mixed with Kings of Convenience, which when you think about it sounds pretty odd, it’s not. This stuff is really listenable and good for any hangout session." - Cassette Gods Reviews

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"A gliding falsetto and a deeper flex getting tangled up in flurry of beats and strums—this is a soulful sound Brooklyn’s Mat Jones owns all by himself." - Bullett Media

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"This is a fantastic record that somehow merges acoustic folk music, chillwave, and often club music to incredible effect. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly gets me about this record. Is it the dream-pop of “Pagaul” that singer/songwriter Mat Jones inexplicably sings with a Southern twang? Is it the wild acoustic samples of “Moor As Uncle” and “Seven Eight Eight” that seamlessly fuse Delta lo-fi and dance beats? Or perhaps it’s the psych-rock guitar solo that spills out over glitchy hip hop drums in “Fighter Pilot In a War”? It’s hard to say, of course, because it’s all that interesting. This album just sounds damn good." - Arizona Daily Wildcat

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"After exploring his musical genius, there has yet to be a track that isn’t simply stunning. His melodic voice soars over the layered synths and acoustic guitars creating incredible ambiance at times and at other times, cutting and driving rhythms. This album offers a tremendous amount of talent and original ideas all wrapped into one." - WVAU

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released 21 August 2012

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