Genres are for losers! Red Matter is in it to win it! Which is what makes a whole album of their music such a hot prospect. Anyone who has shared stages with the likes of Gov’t Mule and Tedeschi Trucks Band clearly knows what they are doing, and Northbound Train is all the proof you are going to need.
Blending everything from cosmic country to sassy soul, from psychedelic moves to boogie-some grooves, as well as incorporating the usual building blocks of blues, Americana, rock ‘n’ roll and even some old-time musical hall vibes, all you can expect from Red Matter is the unexpected. Or at least the expected musical building blocks but all mixed up into anagrams of more usual sounds.
And for every understated piece like Jokers Wild, a song which feels like Hoagy Carmicheal was still with us and pitching to the modern audience, you get the foot on the monitor, rock and roll wig-out of the title track. And for every chart-accessible slice of pop-rock, such as Cool My Bones, their is a balance in songs such as the soul revue goodness of Not A Soul Around and the deep, meaningful and balladic tones of Huddled Masses.
Varied, genre-hopping, expertly done and quite brilliant!