Winter Songs

With the history of serious, frosty songwriting, it is only fitting that new-folk act Matt Pond PA comes right out and makes a record about the coldest season of the year.

With the history of serious, frosty songwriting, it is only fitting that new-folk act Matt Pond PA comes right out and makes a record about the coldest season of the year. "Winter Songs," a collection of singles and covers, is, surprisingly, one of the act's sunniest yet. Lead songwriter and namesake Pond pumps out "Snow Day," an enchanting pop gem, heading straight into an insular rendition of Neil Young's "Winterlong." The remainder of this seven-song set trots evenly down the same path, topping off with a watery cover of Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," sounding like the original had been plunked to the bottom of an aquarium. Even with more than seven years of label-hopping and the generally subdued nature of its output, Matt Pond PA has yet to make a bad tune, "Winter Songs" being no exception.—KH