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Kalle Mattson’s Avalanche EP streaming free

Thomas Bellflower



Polaris Music Prize-nominated Canadian songwriter Kalle Mattson’s Avalanche EP, out August 21 on HOME Music Co., is now streaming exclusively on SPIN. Listen here. SPIN praises the EP, saying “Mattson’s reedy vocalizations and glittering instrumentation recalls a wide spectrum of  emotive rock weirdos, from Broken Social Scene to Bruce Springsteen and back again.”


Additionally, Mattson is sharing a short film on the making of Avalanche. Watch it here.


Mattson will tour North America this fall, playing a string of dates in his native Canada and several shows in the U.S. including New York’s Rockwood Music Hall, Boston’s Café 939 and Chicago’s Beat Kitchen. See below for full tour routing.


NPR Music recently premiered the video for “Avalanche” as a First Watch. Filmed in one day on a sound stage in Toronto, the video features Mattson recreating the covers of 35 classic albums that influenced his work. Mattson and the crew sourced props, costumes and more to faithfully stage iconic covers including Ramones’ Ramones, Jay Z’s The Blueprint, Elliott Smith’s Figure 8, The Clash’s London Calling and many more. Watch the video here.


“I’ve had the video concept in my head for a long time actually,” Mattson says. “I remember being 10 or 11 years old flipping through the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time magazine and choosing what records to borrow out of my dad’s collection based on the covers alone. All of the albums we recreated are super important to me & the video sort of serves as a window into what has influenced me growing up discovering music for the first time and then eventually writing songs. One of my main worries was that this would seem like a bit of an ego trip inserting my face into a famous Dylan cover or something but I really think it came out as a work of love for the artists, their records and the covers that also make those albums so special.”


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 left off.


That album, 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.




August 27                                                 Fredericton, NB                               The Capitol Complex
August 28                                                    Halifax, NS                                                The Carleton
August 29                                                   Moncton, NB                             Tide and Boar Ballroom
August 30                                                Charlottetown, PE                                         Fishbones Bar
September 22                                               Boston, MA                                                      Café 939
September 23                                              Danbury, CT                                Heirloom Arts Theatre
September 24                                             New York, NY                               Rockwood Music Hall
September 28                                               Chicago, IL                          Beat Kitchen—Downstairs
October 1                                                   Winnipeg, MB                          The Handsome Daughter
October 2                                                     Regina, SK                                          O’Hanlon’s Pub
October 4                                                  Revelstoke, BC                                           The Last Drop
October 5                                                   Vancouver, BC                                   Guilty & Company
October 6                                                     Victoria, BC                                                 Copper Owl
October 8                                                     Calgary, AB                                  The Gateway at SAIT
October 9                                                   Edmonton, AB    Up + Downtown Music + Arts Festival
October 10                                                 Saskatoon, SK                            The Capitol Music Club
October 15                                            Sault Ste. Marie, ON                                              Lop Lops
October 16                                            Sault Ste. Marie, ON                                              Lop Lops
October 17                                                North Bay, ON                                  Raven and Republic
November 19                                          Hanover, Germany                                        Feinkostlampe
November 20                                          Breda, Netherlands                                                      Mezz
November 21                                          Brussels, Belgium                                                Botanique
November 22                                          Münster, Germany                                    Pension Schmidt
November 23                                         Hamburg, Germany                                  Molotow Sky Bar
November 25                                            Berlin, Germany                                                   Monarch
November 26                                         Karlsruhe, Germany                                                      Kohi
November 27                                          Freiburg, Germany                    The Great Räng Teng Teng
November 28                                          Nyon, Switzerland                                         La Parenthese
November 30                                          Berne, Switzerland                                        CAFÉ KAIRO
December 1                                               Vienna, Austria                                                          B 72
December 3                                            Dresden, Germany                                                    Ostpol
December 4                                         Saarbrucken, Germany                                               Sparte 4
December 5                                            Cologne, Germany                          Die Wohngemainschaft

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