Coming at a time when grunge, for better or worse, had come to dominate the rock 'n' roll scene, the textured and melodic work of Matthews and Davies provided almost precisely its conceptual opposite: melodies, harmonies, exotic instrumentation, sophisticated arrangements, songs that evoked the undersung classic sound of the early Bee Gees, the Left Banke and other pop greats, all oozing with sincerity, very little irony, and an obvious love for the pure form of pop music. Those who heard it loved it--very much so--and, for better or worse, a new genre called "orchestral pop" was coined to describe their work.
But Cardinal was a short-lived affair. Matthews and Davies soon went their separate ways, each releasing highly regarded solo albums, and the former band soon took on mythical status among the select few who heard and loved what they'd done.
Fortunately for Y! Music--and you--our makeshift "studio" in Austin welcomed an early morning appearance by Davies, at which he performed works from both Cardinal albums and granted us a charming and informative interview. We were thrilled to catch him live, and we hope you enjoy what you see--and hear.
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