KALLE MATTSON - "KIDS ON THE RUN" + "BROKEN IN TWO"
Folk music is about storytelling, which is something that Kalle Mattson excels at. However, since the release of the Polaris Music Prize nominated Someday, The Moon Will Be Gold (2014) and the JUNO Award nominated EP Avalanche (2015), Mattson has progressed beyond the purely folk tag that has accompanied him thus far and is examining what it means to be a ‘folk-artist’ in 2018. The discovery is Mattson’s new mantra: “folk is dead.”
“Broken In Two” is a sonic palate cleanser for those audiences familiar with his past. Though the song began as a stark, guitar-based composition, the focus shifts to haunting keyboards and drum machines from producer Colin Munroe (Drake, Sky Ferreira).
“Kids On The Run” reflects one of the main themes of his upcoming album - ‘innocence lost’ and the in-between period of post-adolescence but pre-adulthood of your mid-20s. “This song was my attempt to write about millennials and the economic, environmental, and sociological realities people my generation face,” says Mattson. “And yes, it is all obviously very indebted to Springsteen.”
“Broken In Two” and "Kids On The Run" lead the way for a new coming-of-age album about the in-between days of post-adolescence and pre-adulthood to be released later this year. Sonically, the LP imagines what it would sound like if Tycho made a folk record...or if 808s-era Kanye got his hands on some Sufjan Stevens demos. Watch for more details on the new record to be released in the near future.
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