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Mat Kearney at the Royal Oak, 3 Things To Know
Mat Kearney going electronic? Sounds like crazy talk.
Actually, it’s “CRAZYTALK,” the upcoming sixth album from the Oregon-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter.
While the new effort is still, at its core, Kearney and his guitar and his melodies, he’s incorporated new rhythmic and sonic elements from the electronic world that make “CRAZYTALK” sound distinctly different from its predecessors. He’s offering a peek at what he’s up to during his current tour, and Kearney is looking forward to having fans hear everything he’s up to when the album comes out May 4...
• Kearney, 39, says that while he mostly tries “to write really great songs that I enjoy listening to myself,” he’s also drawn to experiment when he’s making new albums. “I’ve always loved playing with genre and exploring different things, different sounds,” he explains. “A lot of times I write a guitar and vocal thing, like I usually do, and then I go into the studio and experiment, like, ‘What would be a left turn for a singer-songwriter record at this point. That’s how I approached (‘CRAZYTALK’) -- Let’s get classic Nashville, great songs and then what can I do to make this unique and not like a singer-songwriter record.”
• “CRAZYTALK’s” electronic elements came courtesy of collaborators such as AFHeeN, RAC, filous and others. “I found myself listening to a lot of that (electronic) music,” Kearney says. “I was just drawn to the kind of organic meets electronic hybrids I was hearing, so I started playing with that and those sounds, and I thought, ‘Why don’t I reach out to some of these artists and work with them?’ So that started part of the process of the record. And what’s really fun about those (electronic) moments is it’s not a head moment -- it’s a feeling moment, and chasing that along with a ‘songwriter’ song is fun, because they’re opposites. It’s a visceral moment in a cerebral song.”
• The birth of his daughter Olive -- who appears in the video for the single “Better Than I Used To Be” -- 14 months ago also made an impact on Kearney’s new songs. “I think having a kid, you maybe embrace the role, you allow yourself to kind of be a little older in your point of view, speaking wisdom maybe,” he says. “There’s a lot of music about young love and that kind of passionate, romantic point of view, but I think I allowed myself to write some songs from a point of view that’s a little older and wiser. My daughter played a big role in that.”
If You Go
• Mat Kearney, Andrew Belle and filous
• Saturday, March 10. Doors open at 7 p.m.
• Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.
• Tickets are $29.50 in advance, $35 day of show, $75 reserved.
• Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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