Exclusive Album Stream: Matthew Sweet's Abstract and Ambitious 'Modern Art'

Listen to the singer-songwriter's 13th studio record

September 14, 2011 1:05 PM ET
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Matthew Sweet, ‘Modern Art’
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Click to listen to Matthew Sweet's album 'Modern Art'

The artier, more abstract style of Matthew Sweet's 13th studio album, Modern Art, was influenced in part by the singer's sideline gig selling his own hand-made ceramics on Etsy. "In the making of pottery, I really see when things get abstract or when things are more normal forms," he told Rolling Stone. "Part of the way I think I was looking at Modern Art in making it was trying to come at things in a little bit more abstract way, but without becoming cold or minimalist – keeping some kind of heart and feeling in it while still messing around with stuff. If you hear the whole 'She Walks the Night,' it's like I was trying to make a song and tear it in half, or run chords backwards from where they'd been at first."

Modern Art will hit stores on September 27th, but you can stream it in full now.

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