Matt Nathanson is hard at work on the road promoting the release of his upcoming album Some Mad Hope (pictured above, LA skyscape, gorgeous) which is due out August 14th on Vanguard Records. He is rewarding his internet fanbase in an innovative way, sending exclusive content each Monday related to the songs on the new album. So far the last two Mondays we’ve gotten video showing off some new tunes in all their glory, and I thought to share them since I liked them both.
The first is a live acoustic version of Car Crash –a brutal song about wanting to feel the car crash, wanting to feel the bomb drop, “because I’m dying on the inside.” This was taped recently at The Living Room in New York City.
Then we have a performance of the final song on the album, “All We Are,” straight from Matt’s ordinary San Francisco living room.” He writes: “the album version has a full band playing on it…kind of three in-the-morning, norah jones meets PJ harvey vibe. this version has sort of an in-my-house, monday morning being video’d vibe.”
I always enjoy Matt’s smartass banter, and even at home early on a Monday morning, there’s no exception: “Luckily we had some equipment here from the ‘movie shoot’ we had this weekend, and we were able to get the farm animals out and stuff, and wash the walls down . . . we’re clothed now . . . so I thought it would be cool to use the equipment while it was still rented.” Note the barely suppressed smile. This is a lovely wisp of a song, perfect for a closing track.
You can preorder Some Mad Hope now and get a fancy package deal that includes an autographed booklet, a sticker, and a bonus EP featuring in-studio, solo acoustic versions of three of the new songs. Go for it.