Matthew Larsen’s wry, introspective songwriting is a mainstay of the vibrant indie-folk scene of Western Massachusetts. Reflections on empathy, technology, media, relationships, grief, and mortality, the songs on “Holding Pattern” (2016) and “Apheresis,” (2011) are full of multi-part harmonies, guitars, bass, bells, and thoughtful percussion. Live, he’s joined by a rotating cast of fellow musicians and enjoys performing in quiet, intimate listening rooms. A new record is in the works to be released in 2022.


mortality, cancer, journalism, the digital age, post-industrial cities, photographs, broken bones, shingles, appendectomies, ancestry, ex-loves, new loves, jealousy, grief, empathy, politics, horizons, oceans, mountains, small towns, hope


Matthew coordinates a house concert series called Dark Dining Room, Acts Matthew has featured and/or performed with include The Low Anthem, David Berkeley, Darlingside, Bird Streets, Will Stratton, Heather Maloney, Winterpills, Native Run, Stephen Kellogg, Eef Barzelay (Clem Snide), Dylan Connor, Benjamin Cartel, and others.

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