The Mattson 2
, a duo comprised of identical twins, has reinterpreted Coltrane's classic album A Love Supreme
into a 21st century context. John Coltrane’s 1965 magnum opus A Love Supreme
is one of the most revered and influential recordings in the history of jazz, widely regarded as the iconic saxophonist’s masterpiece. It might seem audacious at the very least to undertake a new interpretation of such a foundational album, but twin brothers Jared and Jonathan Mattson are nothing if not sonic risk-takers. In addition to playing it live, they are currently working on releasing this new interpretation as an album through Spiritual Pajamas. This new version translates the Coltrane Quartet’s acoustic jazz explorations into a modern language swathed in a haze of analog synths, ecstatic guitars, transcendent grooves, and enveloping atmospherics.
“The purpose of our reinterpretation of A Love Supreme was to lean into the spirit of exploration and transformation that’s embodied in jazz.” says Jared Mattson. “We don’t claim to be traditional jazz musicians, for us it’s about creatively adapting the art form, decontextualizing it, and exploring the genre in new ways. Jazz has been confined to such a narrow definition over the years and we want to make sure the genre continues to grow and evolve. It should be a living, breathing thing.”
is one of the names under which songwriter Anthony Ferraro releases his music. In the summer of 2010, early onset arthritis closed the door on Ferraro's scholarship to a competitive piano program. He dropped out of school, moved home, and withdrew from the world for a little while. During this time, Ferraro recorded some EPs in his bedroom, innocent forays into songwriting that netted an online following and some offers from local promoters. Around that time, he befriended Chaz Bear (Toro y Moi), who became an early source of encouragement. Eager to see what he could do in a studio, Ferraro began writing his first LP with live instrumentation and full band arrangements in mind. Between stints on the road as Toro y Moi’s keyboardist, he fleshed out the demos that would become 2015’s Mind Out Wandering
. Its production was precise and nakedly clean, showcasing the musicianship of his band and earning comparisons to early Bee Gees records and Philly soul.
When Bear offered to produce his next album, Ferraro began devising a collection of songs that would capitalize on the intersection of their sensibilities. The world had begun growing rapidly stranger, and he found his reference points shifting toward outsider music, Latin psychedelia, and the haunting orchestral arrangements of David Axelrod. A new voice was coming out of Ferraro, taking cues from oracular crooners like Lee Hazlewood and Kevin Ayers and delivering cryptic messages pitched far below the falsetto that had come to characterize his sound. This yeilded his second LP, Living in Symbol.