You may remember Matthew Joel from his earlier work under the Bank Heist moniker, for which I posted something back in May (it was also the second submission I ever received). Recall or not, Mr. Joel has been busy since then, touring with Teen Daze and embarking on his latest quest, The Rocky Mountains EP.
The five-song EP is far from what I expected based on his work as Bank Heist, but it’s a most welcome transition. Opening track, “Yellowstone,” sees Joel abandoning his electro house roots and headed towards softer tones and textures, with guitar outbursts reminiscent of Explosions in the Sky that are as cold and expansive as the EP’s title suggests. These tangential riffs don’t appear again, for the most part, as the rest of the album plays more quietly and low-key, with contrasts of warmth and frozen soundscapes featured prominently, beckoning to In a Safe Place-era Album Leaf. It’s an ideal collection of songs for the winter months that goes perfectly with a mug of hot cider and a burning apple cinnamon candle. I hope it brings you the same comfort that it has brought me.
The entire Rocky Mountain EP is available to purchase/download here.
"Bank Heist is the outpouring of artist Matthew Joel's spare time and infecting interest in electro house mixes. Normally spending his time writing and pushing forward his self-titled pop/folk endeavors, when the writing blocks hit, and the rains of the fraser valley show no sign of stopping, he often finds himself behind his lap top making beats. Matthew has also done work with the man behind Teen Daze and Two Bicycles to make the music dubbed Stories of Oceans. Expect a new EP to be released within the year. "