In 2017, Matt Pond announced that his long-running indie-pop moniker “Matt Pond PA” was being put to rest – only to keep releasing music as Matt Pond PA. Well, now he & long-time collaborator Chris Hansen have again retired Matt Pond PA, to make beautiful music as The Natural Lines, starting with First Five EP.
Yes, just five songs, more of a teaser for the first full-length Natural Lines record coming next year, Five has Pond’s signature brand of emotional power-pop. It comes out best in the killer lead single “The Problem Is Me” and the touching following piece, “It’s a Trap”. Collaborator/girlfriend Anya Marina duets with Pond on “In the Dark”, while the EP shifts to sadder fare on the pressing “Spontaneous Skylights 2” and acoustic echo finish “The End of the World”.
An appetizer rather than a main course, First Five EP is a first look at Matt Pond’s next chapter.