Rising independent performer The Suitcase Junket is Vermont-born artist Matt Lorenz's throat-singing, slide-guitar-playing, one-man band. Lorenz's third full-length album, Make Time, was released in January of this year.
The Suitcase Junket’s artistic vision is one of salvaged and repurposed objects, images and emotions. Lorenz’s innovative junk-percussion constructions, original album art featuring inanimate objects with wings, and the high craft of his songwriting all combine to create a unique and engaging entity with a force and style all its own. Lorenz’s self-taught throat-singing adds a fascinating edge to the overall sound.
“I’m interested in the hidden voices that reside within things: the songs stuck inside instruments, the story behind the object, the mysterious weight of a word, the harmonic sequence that’s in every note waiting to be broken as light through a prism.”
Lorenz—musician, visual artist and tinkerer—tours the Suitcase Junket nationally playing on festival stages and city street corners, in concert halls and dive bars, in living rooms and listening rooms. The sound isn’t easy to pin into a genre, but the Suitcase Junket is often likened to Tom Waits, the Black Keys and Andrew Bird. Lorenz’s songwriting is unexpected, powerful and poignant, drawing from the deep well of the American musical traditions of folk, rock, blues and storytelling, all sharpened with a keen pop sensibility. With masterful command over instruments of his own creation, he silences a room with the first notes of his throat singing and holds the crowd until the final chords of his guitar.
His tour for the new album will continue nationwide throughout 2015.
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