Matthew J. Rolin – “Fourth Street”

Matthew J. Rolin’s latest single is a crisp acoustic stroll that is as fresh and bright as can be.

Taken from his upcoming album on American Dreams, Passing, “Fourth Street” rolls and flows like a leaf perpetually caught in an updraft. Rolin is certainly one of today’s most gifted and expressionistic fingerstyle guitarists, but he is perhaps more on his game here than ever before.

His refined dexterity and ability to conjure very specific moods are both heavily on display on this track. As Rolin’s hands waltz across his fretboard, he suggests the light and serenity of a quiet autumn afternoon. The song, with all of its Nick Drake and Davy Graham-like twirls and voicings, sounds straight up cozy. This makes perfect sense, seeing that the song is named after the street he and his musical partner and wife, Jen Powers, had lived on in Columbus, OH, for many years. It just feels like you’re coming home. Give the track a listen for yourself below:

Passing will be released October 14, but can be preordered right now. Click here to secure your copy on green or black vinyl or digital 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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