The opener, “Worst Year on Record,” from the Hotels On Mars’ debut has only gotten more prescient since the time it was recorded. A farewell to 2020 set to be released just a month and a half after the year’s fallen off the calendar, and its fair to say the taste hasn’t come close to getting washed out of anyone’s mouths. The song hits like a sigh, deep and unconsciously shed. Mat Weitman’s sauntered vocals slouch nicely in the shade of his crimson slides, strums pulled close and comforting like an heirloom afghan. The song’s got a half turned smirk to it, but in the end the universal truth shows through the quip. There’s a half-whiff of the current country creep into cosmic folk at play, but Weitman also has a knack for channeling the last wave from ’04-’06 quite nicely — playing in the shadows of The Sky High Band, Disciples-era Skygreen, and Vetiver.
The record is out February 12th from Styles Upon Styles, and as a contribution caveat, Mat notes, “As a Brooklyn-based artist I find it extremely important to engage with and support my community. While this song and record are retrospective in terms of subject matter, I have chosen to give 50% of all proceeds to the South Brooklyn Mutual Aid; if we all try to help one another, we can make this year better than the last.”
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