Matthew Larsen has been a member of the vibrant Western Massachusetts music scene for a few decades, attracting audiences with introspective indie folk piano pop songs. Sometimes short, quiet and sweet, and other times building into wall-of-sound Hotel-California-like anthems, Matthew’s songs often recall serious health issues (Matthew underwent a stem cell transplant at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston in 2005). Greg Saulmon, Alex Peterson and a rotating cast of supporting musicians join Matthew on stage to contribute multi-part harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation and quiet percussion.
cancer, journalism, the digital age, post-industrial cities, photographs, broken bones, shingles, appendectomies, ancestry, ex-loves, new loves, smoked meats, boiler rooms, politics, staring longingly at the horizon
DARK DINING ROOM
Matthew Larsen and The Documents coordinate a house concert series called Dark Dining Room, most recently held at the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA. We rehearsed new material there recently. Here’s a rough recording.
Apheresis, the debut album by Matthew Larsen and The Documents. 12 tracks of introspective piano pop about love, progress, health, and mortality. Featuring Greg Saulmon, Steve Biegner, and Aric Bieganek with guest appearances by Dave Chalfant (The Nields), Philip Price (Winterpills), Matthew Loiacono (Matthew Carefully / Kamikaze Hearts) , Mark Schwaber (Hospital), Ethan Tufts (State Shirt), Rebekah Dutkiewicz, and Julia Suriano. Recorded with help from The Sam Fund in studios, houses, and apartments in Massachusetts, New York, and California.