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Premiere: Matt Bauer: “TIC 1979” Video

Matt Bauer‘s orchestral folk music can chill the bone. The Brooklynite’s self-directed and edited video for “TIC 1979” does exactly that. Bauer’s previous videos are worth watching, too. The haunting track is off Bauer’s sophomore LP, The Jessamine County Book of the Living, which is out now via Crossbill Records. The song suite may center on the subject of the artist’s native Kentucky, but Hayao Miyazaki’s classic anime fantasy, Princess Mononoke, impacted the album’s dark tones. (Bauer’s debut full-length, 2008’s The Island Moved In the Storm, musically chronicled the unsolved 1968 murder of a girl near Kentucky.)

Most of Bauer’s various touchstones can be heard and seen in the mysterious and snowbound clip, below. Even though “TIC 1979” sounds like the music of a solitary man (RIYL: Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Litlte Wings), Bauer actually collaborated with almost 20 guest musicians from Brooklyn and his former home, San Francisco. Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), Jolie Holland, Mariee Sioux, Jay and Alex Foote (Sufjan Stevens, Welcome Wagon), and a ten-piece orchestra fill out the twilit and earthen production. Bauer will perform at Brooklyn, NY’s Union Pool on September 29.