The Natural Lines
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“Sweet, yearning indie rock” ––Brooklyn Vegan
The Natural Lines is an indie-rock band based in Kingston, NY, helmed by Matt Pond and Chris Hansen. Their self-titled debut album, The Natural Lines, will be released on March 24th via Bella Union.
For Pond, the album follows two decades’ worth of Matt Pond PA records and soundtrack works. In a career he once described as “a series of benign mistakes,” Matt travelled far, moving from his band’s starting point in Philadelphia to Florida, Oakland and beyond while releasing 14 well-received albums. In 2017, he declared his intent to retire the Matt Pond PA name, though it lived on briefly in the reissue of The State Of Gold and EPs such as Free Fall, a tribute to Philadelphia.
Now, the name change honors his collaborators. Among a revolving cast, one constant presence in his work has been Chris Hansen, who plays guitar, bass, keys, saxophone and vocals on The Natural Lines’ debut. Band members include Hilary James, John Courage, and Dan Ford.
“Matt Pond’s latest incarnation heads for the wide-open spaces of heart-swelling, Petty/Springsteen American rock.” ––MOJO
Pond’s songwriting builds up to a soaring high, tapping into a magnetic vein of instant indie joy.”––Under the Radar