Monday, December 18, 2006

Sound by Its Cover: The Welcome Matt's Right Outside Your Door

By Nate Seltenrich
Mon, Dec 18, 2006 at 4:58 PM

My last Sound by Its Cover post inspired the ire of a band and its fans, so this week I'll shoot more for the middle of the road. The Welcome Matt's Right Outside Your Door happened to arrive on the same day a friend sent me a link to a Richmond company called Vetrazzo , which makes countertops and other surfaces from recycled glass. They look great, plus they're environmentally friendly, she said. Right on both counts. Thus primed to appreciate shards of painted glass, I couldn't help but be drawn to this album cover. The underlying image, of San Francisco singer-songwriter Matt Langlois peering from behind a pair of aviator shades, is sharp. The bold color scheme -- red, yellow, black, and white -- is eye-grabbing. The concept is well executed and, while not entirely original, a lot cooler than kitchen countertops.

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