In the days of yore some artists released double albums: two pieces of vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. Singer-songriter Matt Keating revives this almost lost art with a new one called Quizotic, 23 songs divided between two discs. He could have fitted the 23 songs on one crammed disc, but he made a wise choice to go for this format instead. After all, it's hard to keep paying attention after 50 minutes or so.
Quizotic, which takes its name from the fabled fictional Spanish knight Don Quixote, is a sprawling album that contains stories about everything you might want to hear during a prolonged listening trip: humor, angst and of course some sex and violence.
Matt Keating has been drawing comparisons with the likes of Elliot Smith and Ron Sexmith, but if you listen more closely you will find traces of Elvis Costello, Nick Drake and Joe Jackson. This album breathes life into folk-rock and that's a genre that needed a fix for quite some time.