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New Optigan-laden Album by Matthew Leonard

Posted by peahix on February 11th, 2015


Matthew Leonard sends this info about his new album Sunnyside, Ohio!

NYC rocker Matthew Leonard joins Columbus rock and jazz veterans on Sunnyside, Ohio.   Recorded with vintage instruments on an Ampex 440 reel-to-reel tape machine, this epic album features Columbus rock royalty (David Holm, Bret Burleson, Bill Heingartner) and Brooklyn indie alumni: JC and John Kole, plus indomitable guitarist Dwight Scott. Leonard’s signature instrument is the Optigan, a plastic organ produced by Mattel in the 1970s, prized for its early sampling ability.  Pea Hicks of wrote, “Matthew Leonard strikes right balance between catchy and weird, lo-fi yet coherent production”. Sunnyside Ohio builds a sonic landscape that ranges from the George Harrison-inspired “Drums of Kin” to the bass-driven indie rock anthem “Aphasia”, with vintage organ interludes and Optigan-infused melodic pop (“Lovely Young Sunday”, “The Music”).   The album also features a cover of British indie legend Babybird’s “I Didn’t Want to Wake You Up”.

Matthew delivers once again with some solid lo-fi pop, which stands out regardless of the Optigan angle! Highly recommended!! Click the link above to get it!

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