The latest release from Radio Ear is Matthew Hundley’s 7 song album “Lady of Pavement.”
The album opens with the track Painted Skies originally release in 1987 by the band Tiny Lights. Hundley’s is a darker, jazzier take on what is originally a lightly folk song. This is the only cover on the album. What follows are 6 originals drawn from Hundley’s catalog of some 40 years of songwriting.
Ashes opens with a riff on Favorite Things before launching into a McCartney-esque romp. The musicbox skip in the right speaker offsets the tale of a person who trips on a snowy day spilling the ashes of a relative on the wet sidewalk.
“Lady of Pavement is about a woman I used to encounter in downtown Boulder, Colorado in the late 80’s,” Hundley recounts. “I’d see her sometimes stash her grocery cart and sneak into the art cinema downtown. I also remember spotting her buying stocking at a local pharmacy.”
While living in Boulder, Hundley played in the band Human Document with Jeff Cronin (guitar) and Bill Heideman (drums). Judy was a song drawn from the set list of that group.
Beat ’em Up Boy is the theme for a graphic novel I’m working on,” says Hundley. “It’s about a summer in the late 70’s where my uncle took me out to fight various neighborhood kids.” Hundley’s father was a Golden Gloves fighter; his great uncle was a boxing star in the early 1900s.
Merry Go Round was written by Hundley in the mid 1990s about a woman leading a double life.
“I was going through a stack of demo cassettes from the early 1990s and came across a rough version of Colored Sand,” recounts Hundley. “At first I just recorded the basic music tracks. Decided to add the vocals, guitar and sax overtop and liked what I came up with.”
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