© Love Sick Fool Records / Matthew Santos 2010
The emotions on This Burning Ship of Fools range from hope to wrath to loneliness as Santos plumbs subjects including community ("The Good Life"), the music industry ("Wide Eyed Firefly"), and romantic desirability ("Drop a Coin"). "The basis of a lot of these songs is the desire for happiness and fulfillment, whether it comes from a human being or something else," he explains.
For Santos, fulfillment comes from touching a few people deeply more than millions fleetingly. "I hope people become passionate about the record," he says, "and that it gives them a chance to express themselves in ways they don’t have the words for." -Kevin McKeough, Chicago Magazine
On Quickly Disappearing, Santos plumbs social consciousness and takes inspiration from the precarious predicament resulting from the melting polar ice caps and the crisis that is global warming.
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Matthew Santos is currently based in Chicago where he is becoming known as one of the Windy City’s most promising musical talents. “Matters of the Bittersweet," is a collection of 12 live solo acoustic recordings and duets with fellow band members, Aviva Jaye and Robert Tucker.