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Album of the Week: Georgia Gothic by Mattiel

In these times, many artists have created albums with their bandmates and other musicians remotely; harkening back to Postal Service days of sending material back and forth to create songs. For Mattiel, that method is how Mattiel Brown and Jonah Swilley have always worked during their creative process - Swilley concentrating on arranging the music, and Brown focusing on lyrics and vocals. For the first time in the history of their band, Georgia Gothic, their third album, was written together in a small cabin in the woods of northern Georgia.

The lead song, 'Jeff Goldblum' was born out of Mattiel's crush on The Fly, and is what she claims, 'the only love song I've ever written'. From what I can tell, she hasn't had the chance to meet Mr. Goldblum yet, but for her sake, I hope he hears this song.

The result is a release filled with some pop-leaning songs, influence of blues and other elements that brings out a rich and varied album. No two songs seem to follow the same recipe, dabbling in all sorts of sonic journeys.

Hear more from our album of the week, Georgia Gothic, by listening to KAXE/KBXE!

The music director at KAXE since 2014, Kari (pronounced Car-ee) Hedlund reviews music on the daily. She also hosts New Music every Wednesday (2 and 10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon), along with the KAXE Morning Show on Thursdays.