“Matriarch” is a reminder of why the time and energy placed in music discovery is justifiable. For us, it brings a warmth from the appreciation that musicians have a love for and a dedication to their craft that cannot be defended on the basis of commercial success or popularity. For Dogwood Last, we hope the momentum begins to build soon. But at the time of this post, the Soundcloud stream of “Matriarch” had 22 listens after two months.
“Matriarch” begins with a banjo that is not satisfied with the tempo of the vocals. The banjo is near frantic in support of intelligent, introspective lyrics. Strong! Yet, Dogwood Last is a risk-taker. The expectations for the remainder of the track are set when a hint of high level vocal processing enters (at 1:24). [Wait, are we going Hip-Hop? No, it was momentary, we’re back to the banjo.]Then, more melodic vocal processing hits with force at 1:53. [Wow! Where did that come from? I hope there’s more!] There is more.
Dogwood Last is Kory Burrell of Queens, New York. The credits for “Matriarch” identify Kory as providing the vocals, banjo, guitars, synths, bass, drums, and programming. Thomas Wincek is credited for the vocal processing and programming.