Ma & Jack Antelope’ is the band name of Mathews and his pal Alicia Jones. Her slow, almost somnolent voice is a perfect counterpoint to his plaintive vocals, and his natural vibrato works exceptionally well with the material he’s written. Of special note is his original song, ‘Alexandria’s Burning’ which frankly feels like it was written by someone decades older than the twenty-one year old singer. It’s a moving, wistful and eloquently penned piece which had me dabbing at my eyes- and I’m not a crier.
Here I wake in this crumbling catacomb, with tattered papyrus of Kodachrome and an aching arc of thoughts…
And then there’s this:
Our phosphorescent songs are but glacial silt as Anubis wraps and entraps us tight…
Chris shared the lyrics of some fifteen other original songs he’s written when I saw him at a Vida e Caffe show earlier this month and the depth and precision of his writing is both surprising yet delightful. It’s rare to see this level of communication at all, let alone in someone of his age.
Jones has been performing for a couple of years and while her quirky behavior (guitar-knocking and a haunting, otherworldly presence) have been noted by past audiences, her pairing with Mathews is a fresh approach. She’s exotic and sultry, while he’s open and animated. These two distinct voices, melded with guitar, harmonica, keyboards and percussion are worth listening to.
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Jenn Walker began writing for Globe Miami Times in 2012 and has been a contributor ever since. Her work has also appeared in Submerge Magazine, Sacramento Press, Sacramento News & Review and California Health Report. She currently teaches Honors English at High Desert Middle School and mentors Globe School District’s robotics team.