Chris Mathien is one of the most well-rounded and talented musicians currently residing in Knoxville, Tennessee, and I am delighted to report that he has a new record out. The Freedom Tapes is made up of twelve diverse tracks, and despite how dynamic it is, the album is cohesive and flows nicely.
Each song brings something different to the table. "All Mine Now" features a playful piano riff that reminds me a lot of "I A'int Mad At Cha" by 2Pac. "Long Way From Home" has a funky beat that would be at home on a Damien Marley record. "Wurlitzer Crowley" is an upbeat, catchy pop tune. "Iceburg" meanders back and forth between electro-funk and sunny pop-rock. And you may recognize either "Tiden Flyver" by The Boom Clap Bachelors or "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" in the short track "(one minute)." Funk, soul, R&B, rock, reggae, and pop all jump in and out at different times, but the constant is a big, satisfying sound paired with Mathien's powerful singing voice.
You're still young, and you're still alive. There's still time to be somebody. - Mathien "The Awning"
Any copy of The Freedom Tapes bought via Mathien's Bandcamp will donate $1 to The National Breast Cancer Foundation. It's always cool to see music coming together with a good cause.
If you want to see Mathien live, which we strongly recommend, you can catch him on the Market Square stage on Saturday, April 18th as part of The Dogwood Arts Festival.