Singer-songwriter Matt Pond began his music career playing French horn and teaching himself guitar. In 1998, he founded Matt Pond PA and has released eight albums since. Though Matt Pond PA has rotated through members, its orchestral pop sound has only gotten more solid. Pond's often melancholy lyrics blend with jangling tambourines and snappy percussion--a mix that lends even up-tempo songs more meaning than your average pop tune.
Pond and keyboardist Chris Hansen composed the score for the 2010 indie film Lebanon, PA. The band has also stormed the small screen, with appearances on TV shows The O.C. and Chuck. But Pond also knows how to duck out of the spotlight; he holed himself up in a cabin to craft new recordings for the band's latest album, The Dark Leaves.