Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles 

Nov. 16, Ice Bouquet

Contrary to the harsh Alaska landscape where it was recorded, Matt Hopper's newest release, High Hopes, evokes the sunny days and warm winds of spring. Tracks like "Happy Girls" and "Wailing Songbird" fill the air with up-tempo pop melodies as Hopper seamlessly blends his slow, Randy Newman-esque style of singing heartfelt lyrics and breakthrough falsettos with a full band feel. High Hopes carries with it the same emotional deluge fans have come to know from past releases, contrasting the power-ballad sense of wanting on a track like "My Bible" with the isolated cry of "Stick It To Your Man." Matt Hopper and the Roman Candles will light up a handful of Idaho venues before moving the tour north into the land of the midnight sun.

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