Matt Walker has an impressive list of fellow musicians he’s worked with over the years, including touring with Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and The Black Keys amongst others. Aside from all his other projects, Matt’s own musical output is quality stuff too. His is latest EP Mama Go Tell Your Children is a nice handful of laid back, original, Australian country tracks, also featuring his brand new four piece band, The Lost Ragas.
The title tracks bright mandolin lead melody opens the EP on a nice bright note. The instrument’s higher regiester, along with crisp harmonica from Broderick Smith balances nicely with Matt’s lower, grittier toned vocals and the guitars.
‘Let’s Fall In Love Again‘ and ‘Can’t Sleep‘ have been reworked from solo pieces of Matt’s, to more elaborately instrumented versions with The Lost Ragas. ‘Let’s Fall In Love Again’ slows things down a bit with Matt leading the band into some brief interesting tonal manipulations at points. The final track, ‘Can’t Sleep,’ has calming soft strumming guitars throughout, focusing listeners attention to Matt’s vocals. The pedal steel instrumental from Shane Reilly is really something worth a listen too.
Matt Walker and The Lost Ragas launch ‘Mama Go Tell Your Children’ on Friday the 3rd of May down at the Spotted Mallard. Joining them is Ponyface who will cover the entirety of Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. Also on the lineup is Melbourne quintet Saint Jude.
For more info check the Spotted Mallard website.