Matt Simons has announced the release of his new 12-track album, ‘After The Landslide’. This is the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s third longplayer, out 5th April 2019 on [PIAS] / Gallo Record Company (for Africa). The album will be preceded by lead single ‘Open Up’, which is out today.
A West Coast talent who first found success in Europe, Simons’ two studio albums to date – ‘Pieces’ and ‘Catch & Release’ – have seen him reach huge audiences worldwide. The biggest hit on the album – ‘We Can Do Better’ reached over 80 million global streams, 2 months in the Top 10 European Airplay chart, BBC Radio 2 B list and ROTW, plus Radio 1 support). His collaboration with LA-based artist Amy Kuney – ‘Amy’s Song’, with its acclaimed campaign video message of love, acceptance, and equality, show a deeper side of his song writing and have further bolstered a burgeoning career.
‘After The Landslide’ is his biggest, most ambitious, most personal record yet. With nods to both Bon Iver, and Springsteen, it’s a record that approaches some of The Big Themes in our lives – love, loss, grief, and the power it takes to get through it all. Matt’s piano-rooted melodies ally themselves to lyrics that speak plainly, sometimes starkly, about important events in his life, and with these he crafts songs that make the personal ‘universal’.
Matt will be touring the European festival circuit this summer, including a coveted support appearance for Ed Sheeran at Firenze Rocks in Florence. A full tour will be announced later this year.
‘After The Landslide’ artwork was created by acclaimed Australian Illustrator Karen Lynch.
Says Matt, “I chose After The Landslide as the title track because for me, it encapsulates what the whole album is about more than any other. This record is about a quarter life crisis. It’s about “blowing up your life,” starting over and all the cathartic yet terrifying things that go along with it. I wrote these songs at age 29 (in a much more settled place) but in order to do so, I had to dig deep into what I remember feeling in my early 20s. I didn’t have a lot of direction, I was just starting out in Brooklyn, fresh out of a big breakup and had no idea what I was doing with my life. As scary as that was it also came with a lot of freedom. I tried to capture those feelings and experiences on this album.”
‘After The Landslide’ Tracklisting
1 Made It Out Alright
2 Open Up
3 Summer With You
4 It’s You
5 Not Falling Apart
6 Amy’s Song
7 Last To Know
8 We Can Do Better
10 Champagne Tears
11 After The Landslide
12 If I Was Your Man