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Portland upstarts Matthew Fountain and the Whereabouts’ hooky, cinematic song noir is starting to low an eerie foghorn through their indigenous Land of Ukuleles. Their upcoming 2017 debut, "Born on the Hook", coproduced by Paul Laxer (Typhoon) and Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Y La Bamba), fuses densely arranged chamber folk, moody, syncopated grooves, and angular, runaway-train guitar work-- all against a wearied baritone and direct-yet-poetic lyrics. Their wide range of influences includes Leonard Cohen, Talking Heads, Jeff Buckley, Harry Nilsson, and Rufus Wainwright.