Ahead of the start of his forthcoming European Tour that kicks off in Paris on October 7th, LA-based singer-songwriter Matt Simons has released a new, dancefloor ready remix of ‘After The Landslide’, the title track of his recent sophomore album. A reminder of the universal appeal of Matt’s songwriting, ‘After The Landslide (remix)’ shows how his songs and voice can transcend genres; something that was underscored by the Deepend mix of his breakthrough ‘Catch & Release’ single, one of the biggest festival anthems of the mid-2010’s. This remix, with additional production from Vancouver-based DJ duo Young Bombs, comes after the release of the original song, and the classical version of ‘After The Landslide’, the latter recorded with 12 Ensemble (see below).
A West Coast talent who first found success in Europe, Simons’ two studio albums to date – ‘Pieces’ and ‘Catch & Release’ – have seen him reach huge global audiences. ‘After the Landslide’ has so far accumulated in excess of 160 million streams worldwide. The biggest hit on the album – ‘We Can Do Better’ reached over 100 million global streams, 2 months in the Top 10 European Airplay chart, BBC Radio 2 B list and ROTW, plus Radio 1 support). His collaboration with LA-based artist Amy Kuney – ‘Amy’s Song’, with its acclaimed campaign video message of love, acceptance, and equality, show a deeper side of his song writing and have further bolstered a burgeoning career.
‘After The Landslide’ is his biggest, most ambitious, most personal record yet. With nods to both Bon Iver, and Springsteen, it’s a record that approaches some of The Big Themes in our lives – love, loss, grief, and the power it takes to get through it all. Matt’s piano-rooted melodies ally themselves to lyrics that speak plainly, sometimes starkly, about important events in his life, and with these he crafts songs that make the personal ‘universal’.
Matt recently filmed and recorded new classical versions of recent single ‘Summer With You’, and ‘After The Landslide’ (video audio ), with the 12 Ensemble at the legendary RAK Studios in London, with the help of arranger George Moore. Having previously collaborated with artists as diverse as Elena Tonra (Ex:Re /Daughter) and Max Richter, the dynamic players led by artistic directors Eloisa Fleur- Thom and Max Ruisi are renowned on the classical music circuit, playing in prestigious venues raging from London’s Barbican, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie . This year they make their debut at the Royal Albert Hall for a performance at the BBC Late Night proms.
MATT SIMONS ON “AFTER THE LANDSLIDE”
“I chose After The Landslide as the title track because for me, it encapsulates what the whole album is about more than any other. This record is about a quarter life crisis. It’s about “blowing up your life,” starting over and all the cathartic yet terrifying things that go along with it. I wrote these songs at age 29 (in a much more settled place) but in order to do so, I had to dig deep into what I remember feeling in my early 20s. I didn’t have a lot of direction, I was just starting out in Brooklyn, fresh out of a big breakup and had no idea what I was doing with my life. As scary as that was it also came with a lot of freedom. I tried to capture those feelings and experiences on this album.”
Listen to the RAK Studio Session of Summer With You: https://mattsim.lnk.to/12ensemble
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