Needle Drop: King Lear, “Death in a Field”

Queens-based songwriter/producer Matt Longo, aka Thin Lear, produces gorgeous astral folk that evokes the restless expansiveness of ’70’s-era studio obsessives.

On his latest single, “Death in a Field,” Longo sings of the life hereafter or perhaps the choices one makes before incarnating, sending his haunting falsetto careening through a psychedelic tangle of rootsy instruments. Reflecting on the track, Longo reveals, “I just really liked the concept of someone nearing the end of their life, and thinking about being reborn, being a baby again, and looking forward to experiencing life for the first time.”

“Death in a Field” is a lovely intro into the mystical world of Lear’s new record Wooden Cave, which was written and recorded in relative isolation, as the artist worked with a collective of idiosyncratic musicians. The resulting recordings are rich with unique musical nuance, conjuring up the insular worlds of Astral Weeks-era Van Morrison, Tim Buckley, and Shuggie Otis.

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