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Wonderful and stimulating songs (…) EL BARREJAT Lutxo

After releasing an idiosyncratic album such as ‘Les hores’ in 2010 (under the moniker Inot Eratsis), and after twisting and taking Catalan pop to another level, with Ghandi Rules OK (his good friend Oriol Solé), now Toni Sistaré has attracted attention with a new band, with Marc Vila and Jordi Palau. Together, they are releasing their first album, self-titled Matoll. Here the slightly retro sound of 90’s guitars (shared by the three members of the group from their youth) can turn that first play in a refreshing dip into the waters of familiar pop songs. And while it is true that this record has a warm feel to it, and one can perceive the rumbling of rehearsal studio, it is also true that it is much more.

Each successive play of the disc brings new surprises. Sistaré has a special knack for melody, freshness, and talent for a brash riff… each of these qualities has been aligned and ordered, so as to make what is (in appearance) the most innocent of songs, along with the most effective and immediate, gradually shed their veneer with each new listen, until we discover — and therein lies its greatest assets — its poetic content.

Just as Sistaré did in ‘Les hores’, Matoll uses the inspiration of the emerging poetry scene and not only in the form of lyrical substance. Here they have sought the services of their favorite author, Bego Ricart, who penned almost half of the lyrics (‘Intro’, ‘M’ofego abans’, ‘Flors cap a dins’, ‘Llamp’ and ‘Freds’). Similarly, the disc features another indisputable icon of Igualada, Maria Santfores (Utopics, Princess Plan), who lends her voice to the track ‘Dins el meu son’. Clearly, songs such as ‘Detalls’, ‘Hem sentit a dir’ or ‘Perspectives’ are veritable earworms, but here the interesting thing is how their immediacy is used. In Matoll any recognizable influences are at the mercy of a much broader spectrum of demands and dissatisfaction. In the service of a nonevident truth, the paltry, the projection of images. At the end of the day, this is a pop album. Precisely because of the ‘tedium’ of life outside the big city and suburban sprawl, Matoll pays testament their natural inclinations, untainted, far away from the clutches of conventionalism and trendiness. Long live Matoll!



A feeling of nearness and familiarity since the first listen
Joan P. Holguera, Rockdelux
Melodic freshness in wonderful and stimulating songs
Lutxo, El barrejat