Since he began playing piano as a child, Matt Garrod has held a distinctive drive to write music that challenges conventional songwriting approaches with ambiguous, relatable and sometimes spiritual storytelling. Matt’s end goal is to write music that provokes thought and discussion into song meanings with zero concern for producing music that simply conforms to trend.
Matt begun his musical career writing and fronting Perth indie pop band Oak Tree Suite, releasing two EP’s and a number of well-received singles including The Same Disease, Not Far Away and Lo Ammi. Oak Tree Suite were semi-finalists of the J Music Awards in 2013, and his first single as a solo artist, Bad Memory Blaze (2014) was nominated as a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in the same year.
Garrod’s vocals often draw comparisons to the likes of Death Cab for Cutie and Henry Jamison whilst his sometimes spiritual, conversational storytelling has been likened to that of Mumford and Sons’ Marcus Mumford.
The first single from his anticipated ‘Canyons EP’, This Town has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 International Songwriting Competition and will be released on the 22nd of March 2019.
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CANYONS EP PRESS RELEASE
Electronic Folk artist Matt Garrod shares his explosive debut EP Canyons
Australian turned London based indie singer-songwriter Matthew Garrod will unveil his debut EP Canyons on April 26.
Canyons shows little similarities to Garrod’s 2014 folk pop single Bad Memory Blaze. We are instead met with a sound that is bigger, deeper and more dynamic than anything we’ve previously heard from the Australian songwriter.
From the moment his intro track ‘Lonely Ghost’ fades in with its glimmering ambience it becomes clear that Canyons is in fact an all-incorporating journey oscillating between upbeat indie pop sounds, synth hooks, mesmerising soundscapes and tracks with little more than a simple upright piano and string accompaniment.
The one constant throughout Canyons is Garrod’s mature, provoking and intricately cynical songwriting. Garrod’s vocals often draw comparisons to the likes of Death Cab for Cutie and Henry Jamison whilst his sometimes spiritual, conversational storytelling has been likened to that of Mumford and Sons’ Marcus Mumford.
Tracked over 4 days at Lamb Chop Records with West Australian producer James Newhouse (The WAIFS Ironbark), Canyons is a strong debut EP that promises a bright future.