As the bassist for orchestral pop quintet Ra Ra Riot, Mathieu Santos has been around the world and back. Sometimes it's necessary to return to one place for awhile, however, which is exactly what was the catalyst for the creation of Massachusettes 2010, Santos' debut solo record. The temporal title is essential for the understanding of the concept behind the record, which contains not only ideas but actual sounds from Santos' time in Mass. Seagulls and the ringing of a phone set the stage for the impressionist songs, which were recorded and then left to ruminate before being recorded again with fresh perspectives and a healthy dose of distance.
The record is being released on Tuesday, August 2nd on Barsuk Records.