Paths of Ignition
Matt Baldwin is an exceedingly talented acoustic guitarist with his haunting, intoxicating solo debut. He is the visionary wildcard of today's solo guitar music, the ambitious fever dreamer, the serpent in the grass. He is featured on Tompkins Square's 2006 Berkeley Guitar LP. He covers Krautrock legends Neu! 'Weissensee', Metal Vikings, Judas Priest 'Winter', and he culls inspiration from Prog heroes, Yes, on the closing epic 'Rainbow'. His music comes on like a creeping moss, verdant but threatening, comforting yet unsettling. Matt Baldwin, raised in California's rustic Pacific Grove, educated in the alternative mecca of Berkeley, sits in the center of this quiet, swirling scene. Towering tall with long blonde locks, he conjures from his axe dark and mystical realms. He calls his music 'New Age', and he may not be joking. 5 tracks. American Dust Records. 2008.