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    Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:03:02

    Introducing Matt Cranstoun! - He's a Brooklyn singer-songwriter

    ARTISTdirect.com wants to introduce you to Matt Cranstoun, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter. He will release his sophomore independent effort The Last Drop of Color, on Nov. 19. He will celebrate the release with a show at New York City's famed Mercury Lounge.

    Known for the commanding effect he has on an audience using only his words, voice and guitar, at times his music evokes a cathartic gospel show, while others, a quiet and intimate look into the songwriter's psyche. He's got the working class feel and intensity of Ray LaMontagne with the soul of a gospel choir.

    Cranstoun's music is charged by the roots of folk and soul, in which every word--- whether whispered or howled-- expresses as much urgency as the next.

    On The Last Drop of Color, Cranstoun mixes the acoustic with the synthesized, displays versatile atmospheres and instrumentation, and achieves the balanced blend of styles that have inspired him, from the immortal worlds of classic soul and folk, to modern groove, funk and rock. His emotionally charged voice and lyrics lead the way throughout the broad spectrum of sound and genre that The Last Drop of Color brings.

    Cranstoun, who began as a drummer at eight-years-old behind his father's set, later joined high school jazz and rock bands. Before he hit 20, he was a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, out of the classroom and into the studio writing and recording his own songs and playing nearly all the instruments himself.

    Following the completion of his first LP Wouldn't We All (never released) over ten years ago, he formed SWG, a talented high-energy funk, rock, and blues-fused band that quickly gained regional popularity. Their first show was in February 2001 at Conduit in Trenton, NJ and also marked the start of a life long friendship and musical bond with SWG saxophonist Eric Haltmeier. After writing, performing and touring with the group for several years, Cranstoun moved from his hometown in Central New Jersey to New York City in pursuit of a new experience and a desire to nurture new inspiration.

    In 2010, he released By Framed Image, an entirely self-made, funded, played, produced, home-mixed and recorded album. The album is an intimate and raw recording with live solo performances alongside experimental sounds and productions. A close listen will reveal an occasional car horn or ice cream truck passing outside Cranstoun's Bed-Stuy apartment window.

    Watch the promo for The Last Drop of Color by going here, or below.

    Also, Check out "High Road" with singers by going here.

    Did you check out Matt Cranstoun?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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