Avalanche, the new EP from acclaimed Canadian songwriter Kalle Mattson, is set for release August 21 on HOME Music Co. Lead single “A Long Time Ago” is premiering today on Stereogum, stream the track here. Of the song, Stereogum says, “it’s replete with slick, whispered harmonies and echoing drum machines that build and release tension in slow revolving whirrs…But first and foremost is Mattson’s paper thin, wavering voice, strong in its freedom to be weak, fearless in vulnerability.”
“I wrote A Long Time Ago really quickly the night before a session and I think it really encapsulates a lot of the themes on this new EP; anxiety, nostalgia, the past, the future,” Mattson says of the new track. “The production is probably one of the biggest departures in one of my songs ever. I had this delayed hip hop beat in my head the entire time in the studio and I sort of built the song around that, acoustic guitars and a ton of different synths, which is really a first for me. And yes, if you were wondering, that is me singing.”
Avalanche was produced by Colin Munroe (Sky Ferreira, Kendrick Lamar), mixed by Alex Aldi (Passion Pit) and engineered by Marcus Paquin (The National, Local Natives). The EP was written over the course of March 2015 and picks up where Mattson’s previous full length, Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold, left off.
Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold was released in 2014 to widespread critical acclaim, nominated for the Polaris Music Prize and led to Mattson playing more than 160 shows across nine countries, including dates with Hozier and many others. Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Mattson debuted with 2009’s Whisper Bee and released a second full length,Anchors, in 2011. Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold was inspired by Mattson’s mother’s death and his return to his hometown for the first time in five years. Mattson’s song “Left Behind” will be featured in Episode 3 of this season of “Royal Pains” on NBC.
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