Saturday, December 10, 2011
Pitstop: Matthew Hemerlein
While tending to my newfound obsession with Friend Roulette, I stumbled upon DC based multi-instrumentalist Matthew Hemerlein via The Big Ugly Couch sessions. As a violinist myself one of my favorite things to see is strings given a leading role in less "traditional" music but Hemerlein takes it a whole other level. No doubt his violin/loop pedal are sure to attract comparisons to probably the most famous of violinists/loopers Andrew Bird but Hemerlein's music is distinctly his own. He easily shifts from violin, to guitar, and back again with ease. Besides some absolutely breathtaking arrangements, Hemerlein also has an voice that manages to be both attention-grabbingly quiet and intensely commanding. He's equally skilled with pretty much any instrument he picks up and offers up something new and exciting for lovers of the one-man band.
Last year, Matthew Hemerlein released an his first album Hot Nickels recorded through help from a grant with The DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities. You can listen to the whole album at his Soundcloud.
Latest tracks by Matthew Hemerlein