Matthew Himes – “Hold Tight”/”My Ride”

Matthew Himes’ latest single is a beautifully wistful dose of astral folk that could only come from the earthy psych haven that is Home and Garden Music.

Available digitally and as a clear limited edition lathe-cut seven inch, this single features the Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter crooning softly in a sea of echoes, while wispy guitars drift slowly overhead like feathery cirrus clouds.

On the A-side, “Hold Tight” drifts like a dandelion seed caught by a summer breeze. Himes creates a misty haze of cottony synthesizers and distant siren-like electric guitar, of which he navigates through with his gentle vocals.

“My Ride,” which takes up the flip side, is a meditation on preparing for the voyage to your final resting place. Acoustic fingerpicking and shimmering lap steel firmly set this song deep into an ethereal atmosphere. This ambience is absolutely fitting, as it makes you feel as though you’re actively coasting down “that holy river” into a spectral plane where only the souls of the departed are allowed to go.

For the coziest American psychedelic folk this side of Pearls Before Swine, be sure to grab this single from Home & Garden today.


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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