Founded in Austin in 2012, Matthew Squires and the Learning Disorders is an ever-evolving project, centered around the penetrating songs of young singer-songwriter Matthew Squires.
Their new album, titled Where The Music Goes To Die, is certainly a step up from anything that has gone before. Vocals are much calmer and controlled and a fuller range of (still off-kilter and unique) songwriting is on full display as well, with lines that are often as funny as they are heartbreaking. The styles and influences of the arrangements vary from track to track, always surprising you with an idiosyncratic twist on an old standard. The psychedelic breakdown in the middle of the honkey-tonk inspired titular track is a perfect example of this.
Listen/download Echo which might be the best thing he’s done to date. The album is out on the 2nd December. See our previous Matthew Squires post here.