Matthew Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American Power Pop revival. Like his British counterparts Teenage Fanclub, Sweet adhered to traditional songcraft, yet subverted the form by adding noisy Post-Punk guitar and flourishes of Country-Rock, resulting in an amalgam of the Beatles, Big Star, R.E.M., and Neil Young. Recorded with guitarists Richard Lloyd and Robert Quine, Sweet’s third album, Girlfriend (1991), became a word-of-mouth critical and commercial hit with its title track reaching the Top Five on the Modern Rock charts.
Tomorrow Forever, Matthew Sweet’s fourteenth album (to be released June 16, 2017) in a recording career spanning more than three decades, is teeming with his signature sounds and ongoing preoccupations. The expansive 17-song work takes these familiar elements into previously unexplored territory, reflecting profound changes in his life. Essentially, Tomorrow Forever contemplates a knotty epistemological question: Does what is real extend beyond what the consciousness can readily grasp?