Show DescriptionMatt Alber's latest acoustic album, Constant Crows, feels a lot like a living room concert-- one where they invited a small orchestra (and Madonna.)
Alber recorded the album last Fall on Vashon Island-- a wooded, fog-bound rock in Puget Sound inhabited by more deer than humans. It debuted at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart just above James Taylor's Greatest Hits, which seemed rather unlikely to the 37 year old beardy gay troubadour from San Francisco.
Alber first became known in 2009 for his song "End Of The World" and it's accompanying music video set in a 1960's barbershop. Alber gets swept off his feet by a Don Draper-type in the video, and MTv's Logo Channel introduced him to gay America. He embarked on a solo career after touring the globe with a classical acapella group called Chanticleer, with whom Alber won two Grammy Awards.
Alber's solo shows are a mix of guitar and piano stripped-down versions of his lushly orchestrated album originals. He also hushes the room with unlikely covers like Whitney's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," Madonna's "Take A Bow" and a hauntingly delicate rendition of Imogen Heap's "Hide & Seek."
Alber's newest album, Constant Crows, plays in full from his website, www.mattalber.com