MATT EPP Safe or Free

On Safe or Free, local troubadour Matt Epp’s fourth outing since 2005, he plays it free. Conceived in California, Newfoundland and everywhere in between, the beautiful collection of 12 road-worn tunes saturated with spiritual overtones display the uprootedness present in the pilgrim’s lifestyle. Epp’s outstanding songwriting and knack for warm, memorable melodies shine on songs like the vigorous time-signature changing Working Holiday, the soulful Crying In Mexico, the folky Travel By Ground and the melancholic country tune I Am The Wind. The standout track, however, is They Wont Find The Bodies – a dark, haunting duet with Brandy Zdan cast over a brooding, oscillating noise track. With Safe or Free, Epp has not only realized his best work to date, but also secured a place as front runner for best local release of the year.

Published in Volume 64, Number 14 of The Uniter (December 3, 2009)

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