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Brainchild of Matt Bowker, The Smallest Town Ensemble is not an easy band to track down, but if you're lucky enough to come across their EP, Out East, you'll be telling all of your friends about the gem you found. A love letter of sorts to the Somerville, MA community, Out East paints a portrait of urban life that anyone inhabiting a cramped city apartment can relate to. From country/folk twang to brass choir harmonies and gospel musings, Bowker weaves through a multitude of genres, creating a beautiful and poignant tapestry. Each track features a unique instrumentation, masterfully tailored to the needs of the song. Spend some time with this album and keep your eyes open for more from Matt Bowker and friends. -Brian Varneke
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