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Mat Kearney at the Royal Oak, 3 Things To Know
Mat Kearney going electronic? Sounds like crazy talk.
Actually, it‚Äôs ‚ÄúCRAZYTALK,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs incorporated new rhythmic and sonic elements from the electronic world that make ‚ÄúCRAZYTALK‚ÄĚ sound distinctly different from its predecessors. He‚Äôs offering a peek at what he‚Äôs up to during his current tour, and Kearney is looking forward to having fans hear everything he‚Äôs up to when the album comes out May 4...
‚ÄĘ Kearney, 39, says that while he mostly tries ‚Äúto write really great songs that I enjoy listening to myself,‚ÄĚ he‚Äôs also drawn to experiment when he‚Äôs making new albums. ‚ÄúI‚Äôve always loved playing with genre and exploring different things, different sounds,‚ÄĚ he explains. ‚ÄúA lot of times I write a guitar and vocal thing, like I usually do, and then I go into the studio and experiment, like, ‚ÄėWhat would be a left turn for a singer-songwriter record at this point. That‚Äôs how I approached (‚ÄėCRAZYTALK‚Äô) -- Let‚Äôs get classic Nashville, great songs and then what can I do to make this unique and not like a singer-songwriter record.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ ‚ÄúCRAZYTALK‚Äôs‚ÄĚ electronic elements came courtesy of collaborators such as AFHeeN, RAC, filous and others. ‚ÄúI found myself listening to a lot of that (electronic) music,‚ÄĚ Kearney says. ‚ÄúI 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, ‚ÄėWhy don‚Äôt I reach out to some of these artists and work with them?‚Äô So that started part of the process of the record. And what‚Äôs really fun about those (electronic) moments is it‚Äôs not a head moment -- it‚Äôs a feeling moment, and chasing that along with a ‚Äėsongwriter‚Äô song is fun, because they‚Äôre opposites. It‚Äôs a visceral moment in a cerebral song.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄĘ The birth of his daughter Olive -- who appears in the video for the single ‚ÄúBetter Than I Used To Be‚ÄĚ -- 14 months ago also made an impact on Kearney‚Äôs new songs. ‚ÄúI 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,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs 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‚Äôs a little older and wiser. My daughter played a big role in that.‚ÄĚ
If You Go
‚ÄĘ Mat Kearney, Andrew Belle and filous
‚ÄĘ Saturday, March 10. Doors open at 7 p.m.
‚ÄĘ Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.
‚ÄĘ Tickets are $29.50 in advance, $35 day of show, $75 reserved.
‚ÄĘ Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.
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