MP3 Matthew Larsen and The Documents - Apheresis
Introspective piano rock songs from a Western Massachusetts based quartet of multi-instrumentalists
12 MP3 Songs in this album (35:57) !
Related styles: Rock: College Rock, Folk: Folk-Rock, Featuring Piano
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Matthew Larsen has been a member of the vibrant Western Massachusetts music scene for a few decades, attracting audiences with introspective piano rock songs. Sometimes short, quiet and sweet– other times building into wall-of-sound Hotel-California-like anthems, Matthew’s songs often recall serious health issues (Matthew underwent a stem cell transplant at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston in 2005).
With a trio of instrumentalists called The Documents (Greg Saulmon, Aric Bieganek, and first cousin and longtime collaborator, Steve Biegner), their debut album Apheresis was lovingly recorded in studios, hallways, and living rooms. Dave Chalfant (The Nields) and Ethan Tufts (State Shirt) were at the helm, as well as an incredible cast of guest musicians: Mark Schwaber (Lloyd Cole and the Small Ensemble), Rebekah Dutkiewicz (Oweihops, Northernly), Julia Suriano (Steve Biegner), Matthew Loiacano (Matthew Carefully, Kamikaze Hearts), and Philip Price (Winterpills).
Matthew also organizes a traveling house concert series called Dark Dining Room, which aims to raise money for charitable organizations while offering fellow musicians and fans and a chance to perform/hear live music in an intimate setting.
To help finance the recording of this collection of songs, Matthew received The Andrea Coller Memorial Award, presented to Matthew by Andrea Coller’s family members and The SAMFund, an organization that assists cancer survivors with the transition to post-treatment life. Andrea Coller was a fellow Massachusetts musician and comrade who lost her battle with cancer in 2008.