Matt Moore

Matt Moore

 Portland, Oregon, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

A 12-year veteran of the Florida music scene, Moore has recently moved to Portland, Oregon where he has begun promoting his latest CD. Solo acoustic. British influenced. Mildly Americana. The Miami Herald says something like this: "Immerse yourself in the abstract when this poetic folkie performs."

Biography

Moore can be heard on California's KMUD, as well as Indie 104 iRadioLA.

Five songs from Moore's album DIAGONAL will be featured this summer and fall on the PBS television series "Roadtrip Nation".

He is Cat Stevens meets Radiohead meets Sun Kil Moon meets Wilco without all the noisy gadgets. If he was an actor he would be Takashi Shimura. Or perhaps Jack Warden. If he was a concert pianist, he would be John Cage without all the clanging. His lyrics are dreamlike and freely associated, but the underlying themes are consistent: truth, vulnerability, peace. The songs are melodic and acoustic, and when he performs them, he tends to twist his head to the side, bouncy-like. If he was a novelist he would be Haruki Murakami. Wilde says all art is quite useless.

Moore has performed consistently since 1995.

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mmoore

Lyrics

How Can That Be?

Written By: Matthew Moore

How Can That Be?

The worst humidity
The worst humiliation
In my city tonight
The wine has gone straight to my head
But I feel the same

But how can that be?
Will I find my Juliet
If I'm not Romeo?
I know it's hard to do

They pulled the world
Out from underneath my feet
And now I'm sinking like lead
But I believe someday I will get my way
Or I'll go out of my head

But how can that be?
Shall I tune my stereo
To some pirate radio station
In Kansas City?

Sweet, Sweet Fame

Written By: Matthew Moore

Sweet, Sweet Fame

Just because your back is sore
That don't mean a thing
Just because your skin is torn
That don't mean a thing
Overcoming obstacles
That don't mean a thing
Unless you're getting paid for it
Overcoming obstacles
That won't change a thing
Unless you're recognized for it

How can I live without you?
Fame, sweet, sweet fame
Everybody knows my name
The real American dream

Just because your hands are sore
That don't mean a thing
Just because your throat is raw
That don't mean a thing
Overcoming obstacles
That don't mean a thing
Unless you're getting paid for it
Overcoming obstacles
That won't change a thing
Unless you're recognized for it

Sweet, sweet fame
Now the devil knows my name
And everything is gonna change
Sweet, sweet fame
That shall be my middle name
The real American dream

Almond Eyes

Written By: Matthew Moore

Dear Listener,

This track was ripped directly from the finished Matt Moore CD "Diagonal" and, therefore, contains an extended silent intro. Thanks. MM

Almond Eyes

Living alone in the wide-open spaces
Has always appealed to me
But how do I know
If the wide-open space is what I really need?
I've fallen in love with a girl from the ocean
She's lovely and funny and sweet
But she came along after I had decided
To pack my things and leave

How do I know if the wild is for me?
Says the girl with the almond eyes

There's always a reason to stay with the places
The faces familiar and safe
But how do you know of the wide-open space
If you never go away?
I'm tired of running around in a circle
I'd like another shape
One that doesn't deposit me back where I started
But leads some other way

I think I'll go on a diagonal
Someplace friendly and clean
Because the rain falls constantly
And I'll dream of her almond eyes
I think I'll go on a diagonal
Someplace lofty and free
Where the wind blows through the trees
And the solitude reminds me
Of the love I've left behind
Of a place in the sun
Where I know everyone
And the girl with the almond eyes

Discography

The Hogtown Sessions: 1996
Microcosm: 2000
Just Add Meaning: 2002
Kakistocracy: 2004
Diagonal: 2006
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mmoore

*****

“Immerse yourself in the abstract when this poetic folkie performs.”
THE MIAMI HERALD
19 August 2005.

Set List

Current Set List (all originals unless noted):
How Can That Be?
Scarlett Dee
Wind-Up Bird
Go West, Young Man
Sweet Sweet Fame
Busted!
Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead)
Whole New Kinda Way
Almond Eyes
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)