Matt Pond - The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand

When Matt Pond sings "let's hang on to abandon and hope we lose control, to be out in the open baby and let go of the ropes", the lyrics mirror the rather dramatic step up (and out) for the long running DIY singer/songwriter. Losing the "PA" that has followed his moniker for nearly a decade, Pond sees the process of his new album The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand (February 5, RCA) as something of a statement of letting go: to his past recordings (sales: 100,000+) and bandmembers, to his various homes (Philly, Brookly, a cabin in Bearsville) and to any preconceptions to what a Matt Pond song might sound like. Lives is a thoughtful work but it's never overly ponderous...there are simply too many pop/rock hooks and sly, unapologetically melodies at work here. To wit: the power-popping "Love To Get Used" and "When the Moon Brings the Silver", a brightly polished (sorry) and supremely hummable track that practically bursts from the speakers in pyrotechnic display.

Matt Pond - 'When the Moon Brings the Silver' (from The Lives Inside the Lines In Your Hand)

Matt Pond - 'Love to Get Used' (from The Lives Inside the Lines In Your Hand)