A lifelong veteran of Providence, Rhode Island’s burgeoning art-pop scene, Matt DeMello escaped his New England home turf earlier this decade, landing at the physical and spiritual midway point between Woodstock and Brooklyn.
His debut solo album, 2014’s There’s No Place Like Nowhere shortly followed. Embracing synth pop orchestras a la Soft Bulletin era Flaming Lips and the broken-hearted piano odes of Antony & The Johnsons, DeMello’s debut documented one man’s reaction to the contemporary landscape or as he puts it, “theme music for someone at a party who feels so utterly alone.”
Armed with capital-S Songs thoroughly road-tested at the legendary Sidewalk Cafe on the Lower East Side, DeMello followed his debut with 2015’s Jennifer’s Appendix, Vol. 1: ‘To The Person I’ll Always Be'. A Nilsson-by-way-of-Guided By Voices indebted creative purge, it was throughout the recording of this follow up where the Significant Looks eventually coalesced.
A riotous five-piece backing band featuring New Jersey vocalists Jennifer Nordmark, Liz Wagner Biro, Blaze Pascal frontman Roo O’Donnell on drums, and No Place co-producer Alex Busi on bass, The Significant Looks officially evolved the DeMello experience into something inescapably immersive.
The art-pop band's debut EP, Counterpoint, arrives this fall — but you can get in the mood by listening to their cover of "God Only Knows" by the Beach Boys below. And stay tuned for more from Matt DeMello & The Significant Looks in the days ahead.