Matt Lande’s path to self-discovery as a musician began as a guitarist for StorySide: B, a contemporary Christian band signed to Gotee Records. Through this gig he learnt how it felt to co-write a hit song and tour the country promoting your first album. He also got to open for big acts like Paramore and Jars Of Clay as part of StorySide: B. Longing to further explore his artistry, Lande left the group and moved to Los Angeles where he signed a deal as an indie artist. In 2010 he released his first full-length album but under the band name Heaven Is Where. Two years later, after deciding to drop the moniker, Matt released ‘Welcome Home Child’ under his own name. Later that same year he released an acoustic EP by the title ‘DarkStar’.
One of the biggest hurdles Matt faced while launching into his solo career was stage fright. But instead of cowering away and giving up on his dream, the Florida native forced himself out of his comfort zone. He confronted his fears and performed zealously at every opportunity. These and the other foibles that make up the man Matt Lande are what he wants you to get a picture of when you listen to his music. “It’s important for me to fortify a deeper connection between the music and the listener so my intention is to be as vulnerable and as real as possible.” Instead of creating a persona to project to his listeners while protecting himself, Matt invites his followers to see his “other side”.
In his latest release, ‘Glow’, Matt shares the weight of grief following the loss of two close friends to cancer among other personal struggles. “Panic and faith, the loneliest days can kill a man, like me…” starts the title track. And in the second verse he gives away a hint as to the cause of his anguish: “Fly to the sky, angels will fight for you and I, bleed on the clouds, I’m looking up to catch your sign…” But in the chorus you get a sense of a man who has found comfort and has let go of the departed, the pain notwithstanding. The song is perfectly paced to reflect both sorrow and hope and the ingenious recording allows the listener to savor each instrument to the max. ‘Echo’, the track that follows, bears the same air of resigned grief and optimism. Though the riffs are unquestionably passionate, Matt’s smooth vocals and harmonies serve to temper their flames. By the time you get to the end of this, the album’s second track, you’ll already be wondering why you haven’t yet heard any of Glow’s songs on radio.
The album acquires a lovely change of pace on ‘I Will Sing To You’, which is introduced by solemn piano strokes and then led by an acoustic guitar. There’s tangible optimism in the arrangement which is echoed in lyrics that paint a picture of newfound love. Did I say Matt’s voice is quietly awesome? Well it proves itself so on this composition which sounds like it could fit right into the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack. Another love song that screams to be added to your list of favorites is ‘Spin’. As you wait for the album’s official release on December 1, feel free to enjoy this alt-rock gem below.
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