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Just You Be Sweet

by Matt Van Winkle

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katebabyak Blown away in the most beautiful way. Thank you for the poignant, heavy loveliness. And that trumpet? Stunning. We need art always but more so now.
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Just You Be Sweet, the third album by Los Angeles-based folk/pop singer-songwriter Matt Van Winkle, presents an invitingly warm sonic environment. Work began on the album in 2014, when Van Winkle found himself writing songs and playing his own shows on the side while holding down rhythm guitar duties in the bands Tall Tales and the Silver Lining and Charlie Clark/Broken Arrow.

The album’s frequent use of hand drums and percussion rather than kit drums speaks to the tenderness at the heart of this group of songs. Flute, violin, cello, trumpet, organ, banjo, mandolin, and a choir layer breezily over Van Winkle’s acoustic guitar and vocals, which crack pleasingly in the higher register.

There’s an aliveness to the shifting styles from song to song — the wistful question mark of “Movie Star Homes and Crime Scenes”; the hippified barefoot dance of “Man of Letters”; the programmed drums and tendriled electric guitar and organ lines of the bleak story song “Florida”; the eiderdown-soft baroque pop of “Don’t Worry, Heather”; and the country-inflected clap-along of “Shields and Spears.”

“The thing that binds them together is in the title — ‘Just You Be Sweet’. It’s good advice for the world, myself included. Eric (McCann, producer) picked up right away that I was seeking something a little rare. The songs have multiple points of entry; they glance at questions and truths that are universal as well as personal. Yes, it took six years. It takes a bit of time, and restraint, to get someplace quiet and kind… you can’t just click a switch and drop into it.”

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released August 25, 2020

Produced by Eric McCann and Matt Van Winkle

Mixed, mastered, and arranged by Eric McCann

With help from, and eternal thanks to:
Eliana Athayde (cello, harmonies)
Matt Cartsonis (mandolin)
Charlie DeCastro (trumpet)
Liz Eldridge (harmonies)
Seth Fruiterman (piano)
Brian Hobart (drum kit, accordion, triangle, harmonies, handclaps)
Hilde Susan Jægtnes (flute)
David Marmor (banjo)
Eric McCann (bass, drum programming, harmonies, percussion, Casio, handclaps)
Jim Reyonds (harmonies)
Gyasi Ross (harmonies, handclaps)
Adam Schwartz (electric guitar on Man of Letters)
Kevin Sport (drums and percussion)
Cameron Squire (Nord keyboards)
Kaitlin Wolfberg (violin)

Painting by Michael Van Winkle (IG @vanwinklemichael)



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