CD REVIEW: Matt Haeck "Western States"

It's not often a musician comes out of nowhere to take you by surprise with his music. That musician this time is Matt Haeck, and this EP, his second release, is one of the most satisfying listens you will receive. His folksy American roots music is familiar yet still original and is delivered in an accessible way so that any music fan can appreciate it. "Drug Like The Ocean" is lyrically awesome and is further accented by the earth instrumentation. The other songs on the EP range from ambient and light to deep and dark. On "Banks And Murder," Haeck sings about an extreme account of how tough economic times can grab a hold of someone. The EP's lyrical content and musical fluidity make it timeless and make Matt Haeck one of the finest up-and-comers making music these days.