Matt Pond PA seem to have decided to stick with that name after all, and have an upcoming EP out next month. The first single on that EP is a cover of The Thermals's 2006 song "A Pillar of Salt." While the original is a highly energetic punky/dancey romp, Matt Pond PA slows it down quite a bit. Their version ("Pillar of Salt (Still)" is much more quiet and plaintive. It's that style of too organic to be electronic but too electronic to be folk rock that only Matt Pond PA can pull off like this.
Matt Pond says of the original version: "
Pillar of Salt by The Thermals has resonated with me since it was first released in the aughts. I remember disappearing into my headphones— time after time on tour after tour — to help me renew a faded sense of self and waltz in a distant mental state, where good always prevails over evil."
You can listen to "Pillar of Salt (Still)" below. Matt Pond PA have also released "Pillar of Salt (Stirred)" which features Anya Marina and has more of the electronic elements of the original. Songs of Disquiet, the upcoming EP from Matt Pond PA, will be out August 7. You can pre-order the album on Bandcamp. For more on Matt Pond PA, check out the artist's website.