Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Matt Pond released his eleventh album with his band Matt Pond PA, Winter Lives, in November. The season-appropriately themed album continues Pond’s mix of chamber pop and Americana, with twelve songs narratively themed around the colder months of the year. On Sunday he and the band came to DC9 to end a week-long run of east coast tour dates.
Pond opened the set with “A Candle and a Deck of Cards” from the new album, but the set didn’t focus the record, instead mixing songs from it in amongst tracks from throughout his ever-growing catalog. It was followed by “First Song” and “Starting” from 2011’s The Dark Leaves. Throughout the eighteen-song setlist, Pond reached even further back, including tracks such as “Halloween” and “So Much Trouble” from 2005’s Several Arrows Later, “Last Song” and “New Hampshire” from 2004’s Emblems, and “Measure 3” from 2002’s The Green Fury. Ending the night on “The Summer Is Coming” (from 2002’s The Nature of Maps) may have felt overly optimistic as the city settled in for the polar vortex that was slated to bring temperatures down well below freezing later in the week, but it served to bring the snow-bound theme of the new songs full circle.
Moving Panoramas, the current project of former Wooden Birds leader and Matt Pond PA guitarist Leslie Sisson, opened the show. Sisson also guested with Pond to perform backing vocals on several songs.