Mat Kearney - CRAZYTALK Fall 2018 Tour

Nitefall On The River Presents:

Mat Kearney - CRAZYTALK Fall 2018 Tour

Atlas Genius

Fri, September 14, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Brenton Skating Plaza

Des Moines, IA

$27.50 - $102.50

This event is all ages

Mat Kearney
Mat Kearney
Yearsbeforehetouredtheworldasaplatinumselling,boundary-breakingartist,MatKearneygrewupinEugene,Oregon.Itwasduringthoseteenageyearsthathedevelopedhisloveforclassicsongwriting—thekindthattranscendsgenerationsandgenres.He'dstrumchordsonafriend'sacousticguitar,pavingthewayforacareerthatwouldeventuallytakehimfarawayfromEugene.MuchhaschangedsincethosedaysinthePacificNorthwest.Evenso,Kearneyhasn'tforgottenhismusicalroots.Onhisfifthalbum,CRAZYTALK,hemixeshismosttimelesssongwritingtodatewithawide,genre-bendingsetofinterests.Thereareorganicinstruments,electronicsam-ples,chillhousegrooves,tropicalsounds,andcollaborationswithDJslikeAFSHeeN,filous,andRACallgluedtogetherbyanemphasisonagelesshooksandthought-provokinglyrics.Theresultisoneofthemostadventurous,nuancedalbumsofhisacclaimedcareer,filledwithEDMdropsoneminuteandacousticguitarsthenext.It'sasoundthatnodstoKearney'shistoryasamelody-drivensongwriter,evenasitpusheshimintonewterritory."BackinOregon,IwasapunkskaterkidwhofellinlovewithLaurynHill,TribeCalledQuest,andBelBivDevoe,"hesays."Atthesametime,Ialsolovedplayingmybuddy'sguitar.Inaway,I'llalwaysbethatkid,drawingfromtheinfluencesIgrewupwith."Combingclassicsongswithmodern,beat-heavyproduction,CRAZYTALKoffersupasoundthat'sbothcerebralandvisceral.It'smusicfortheheadandtheheart,butit'salsomusicforthedancefloor."Atmycore,I'masongwriter,"addsKearney,whoproducedhalfofthealbuminhishomestu-dioinNashville."Iwantedtoexplorenewproductionideaswiththisalbum,though,toseehowIcouldframethesesongsinadifferentway.CRAZYTALKhassomedeephouseinfluences,someAfricansamples,sometropicalsounds,andalotofelectronics—thingsthatwouldn'tnor-mallybefoundinasinger/songwriterrecord—juxtaposedwithsomeclassicsongs.It'sasoundthatreallyoccupiesitsownlane."InspiredinpartbythebirthofhisfirstchildinJanuary2017,KearneyfoundhimselfwritingCRA-ZYTALK'slyricswithanew,matureperspective.He'dbeenatravelingsongwriterformorethanadecade,releasingthreeTop20albumsalongtheway.Thesoundhehelpedintroducewithhismajor-labeldebut,2006'sNothingLefttoLose—arecordthatcombinedthebrightsoundsofpopmusicthewithdarker,harder-hittinginfluenceofhip-hop—hadsincebecomeoneofthemostcommongenresofthe21stcentury,withchart-toppingartistslikeEdSheeranandTwentyOnePilotsallfollowinginhisfootsteps.Hislegacyalreadyestablished,Kearneyfeltcomfortablebroadeninghissongwriting,fillingCRAZYTALKwithsongsthatembracedanolder,wiserpointofview."IrealizedIdidn'tneedtomakeeverysonga'younglovestory,'"hesays."I'mcomfortablewrit-ingmusicfromaperspectiveofhavingbeenaroundtheblockafewtimes,becausethat'showIaminreallife.Theresultissomebeautiful,wisesongsthatsoundlikethey'vebeenwell-trav-eled."Thealbum'sopeningtrack,"BetterThanIUsedtoBe,"takesalookatthoseearlydaysinKearney'sbackseat.It'sasongaboutgrowingtallwithoutforgettingyourroots,lacedwithvocaleffects,programmedpercussion,andthefamiliarcroonofKearney'svoice.Thatvoicetakescenterstageonslowertrackslikethemodern,minimalist"Memorized"andanuancedcoverof
Sade's"ByYourSide,"withbothsongsprovingthatCRAZYTALKdoesn'tneedlush,layeredproductiontopackapunch.Onalbumhighlightslike"Kings&Queens,"though,Kearneymakesroomforanarsenalofin-struments.Heplayedmanyofthemhimself,beefingupthemixwithdigitalsamplesandelec-tronicflourishes.Thealbum'ssongswerewritteninasimilarway,withKearneytakinginspira-tionfromorganicinstrumentsaswellassynthesizedloops."I'ma50/50guy,"heexplainsofhissongwritingprocess."I'llsitdownwithmyacousticguitarandwriteasong,butI’llalsostartwithabeat,andthenexpanditintoasong,likeitwasahip-hoptrack.Thoseworldscanbeopposites,butI'vealwaysplayedwithboth.Iwrotethesong'FacetoFace'onaukulele,thenaddedsomepercussionthatsoundedlike90sR&B.Iwrote'SleepingattheWheelwithcountrysongwritinglegendRossCopperman,thentookitbacktomystudioandaddedanAfricansamplewithfromaBelaFleckrecord."ReleasedMay4th,CRAZYTALKalsomarksKearney'sfirstprojectasanindependentartist.Amajor-labelveteranwhosepreviousalbumswereissuedbyColumbiaandRepublic,Kearneyfelttheneedtocreatehisfifthalbumwithcompletefreedom."I'mnowfootingeverybillandpayingforeveryflight,"hesays,"butit'sbeyondworthit.Atthisseasonofmylife,puttingoutmyfifthrecord,Ireallyneededtotakecontrolcreatively.Ineededtotakemyownchancesandcombinethesesoundsthat'vebeenrunningthroughmyheadsinceIwasakid.Iknewthatsomeofitwouldlikecrazytalktoothers,butthatjustgavememorefuelforthefire...aswellasanameforthealbum."
Atlas Genius
Atlas Genius
Indie rock band
Formed in 2009, Adelaide, South Australia
Venue Information:
Brenton Skating Plaza
520 Robert D. Ray Dr,
Des Moines, IA, 50309
http://brentonplaza.com/