MATT TOWNSEND – “CAME DOWN FROM THE MOUNTAIN”
THE DRIFTER AND THE DREAM (PART 1) (2016)
January 25, 2017
On Matt Townsend’s new EP, The Drifter and the Dream (Part I), the North Carolina songwriter
drifts through classic folk-rock with a touch of the 60’s and Dylan poetry. The spacious single,
“Came Down From the Mountain” is a gripping tune that could only be sung by a drifter’s voice –
one that has experienced the perils of love, loss, isolation and despair. Townsend has one of
those sultry, seductive and memorable voices. This tunes weeps with wonderful Violins but
presses ever-forward like a freight train with bright guitars and galloping drums. It evokes a
unique blend of Americana music and it paints an intimate acoustic portrait of long, dusty roads
and cold, whispering meadows.
This up and coming Ashville native has a large influence from Bob Dylan and Neil Young. For
his EP, which is the first of two installments, he was able to collaborate with some of North
Carolina’s best musicians, including drummer, Bill Berg (Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’, Cat
Stevens, Leo Kottke). Although, this first EP highlights Townsend’s quieter acoustic side, he
assures us that the second EP will exude his more guitar-driven rock & roll.