Palm Tapes

Matthew Milia – ‘Even Fuckboys Get The Blues’ C50 $5
“Even Fuckboys Get The Blues” collects bedroom recordings, sound collages and orphaned tunes recorded by Matthew Milia from 2010 to 2015. Milia, most known as leader of folkrock group Frontier Ruckus, is a deep well of clever poetics. The New York Daily News remarks that “Milia’s words obsess on the most suburban images possible,” and on the album’s opener, “Somerset Solo,” suburban memories are painted through a kaleidoscope of rapid rhyme e.g “corsage pinned on my collarbone flesh / teenage gowns of gauze and mesh” and reflections on aging: “we used to sneak into the Christmas gifts / now it’s all spotty sex and Netflix riffs.” Milia delivers his inventive lyrics over bonfire strums, and moon glow plucks, creating intimate atmosphere. The album’s close, an extended sound collage where elderly, salt-of-the-earth, waxings jumble over each other, moving in and out of the mix, is an intriguing end to the cathartic opus.

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