In theory, it’s not surprising to stumble upon a folkie from Newfoundland. That stereotype runs as deep as the alleged ’90s era Sloan aquifer that nourishes every band in the Halifax scene, but Matthew J Thomson challenges the limitation of that descriptor.

Open Fields songwriter Matthew J Thomson is now solo artist, but his songs feel much bigger. “What A Long Night” starts as a humble bedroom composition, but over the four minute run-time Thomson tastefully adds mandolin, banjo, keys, tambourine, bass and harmonies. What makes this song special is that even with so many textures, the end result is crisp and airy, a cushion for his broken heart and hurt pride.

“What A Long Night” opens Sorry I Left You Behind, a record that is as consistent and rewarding as you’d hope from this delightful introduction. Intimate in terms of production and delivery, Thomson is bold in sound and ambition. Grab it now, and enjoy the surprising Belle & Sebastian melody of the title track as well.

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MP3:: Matthew J Thomson - What A Long Night