MATTHEW AND THE ATLAS RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “ON A MIDNIGHT STREET”
“‘On a Midnight Street’ stems from the brand new album ‘Temple,’ a record whose soul-baring lyrics and unnerving, delicate electronica create a type of elevated folk music that is guaranteed to send chills down your spine.”
Matthew and The Atlas release a new music video for “On A Midnight Street,” the new single from the exceptional album, Temple (Communion Records).
Watch the video HERE.
A real highlight from the new album, the lyrics for “On A Midnight Street” in fact stem from Matthew And The Atlas’ Matt Hegarty’s fears about climate change, especially
poignant to him as a new father worried about the world his daughter will grow up in.
Says Hegarty: “The song is an attempt at writing about climate change from the emotional perspective of being a new father. Trying to understand some of the apathy around it,
hopefully without sounding too moralistic.”
More About Matthew And The Atlas and
Matthew Hegarty (aka Matthew And The Atlas) is a British songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and was the first artist to be signed to the Communion label. After the dreamy and textured Americana of his To The North and Kingdom of Your Own EPs had built him a cult global following, Hegarty released the debut album Other Rivers in April 2014, prompting Q to posit him as “the British Bon Iver”.
A sumptuous release, Hegarty’s new album, Temple, is the kind of record that it’s impossible not to sink yourself into. Bringing together naked emotion with a dramatic rolling melancholy, it is a truly cathartic expression of its writer’s own fears and feelings, bound together by a universality of emotion and honesty that makes it bracingly easy to connect to.
Musically speaking, ‘Other Rivers’, had seen Hegarty pushing the boundaries of a classic folk sound into a bold, synth-laden territory. With ‘Temple’, he has made a tender return to his roots. Additionally, while ‘Other Rivers’ was written more sporadically, over the course of six years, the songs that make up ‘Temple’ took just three months. Sketched out in Hegarty’s home studio in his native Farnborough, for the first few months of 2015 he pushed himself to write a song a week. This modus operandi was a huge success, firing Hegarty up to create his finest work yet. With well over an album of songs written, he headed to east Nashville with bandmate Tommy Heap (bass, keys), to meet up with Brian Holl and Eric Hillman, otherwise known as electronic folk act turned production duo, Foreign Fields. There, the four men (joined at points by various local players), would begin crafting one of the first truly astounding albums of 2016.
A “black figure” looms over the album in parts, a nebulous being that had first appeared in the aftermath of an attack once suffered by its auteur. New parenthood has inevitably affected Hegarty’s outlook on life since he wrote his first songs. Extremely personal to its writer, yet exploring themes to which all listeners will relate in their own way, the results are at once quite beautiful, unsettling, and intoxicating.
The artwork for Temple is a painting – “Site of Special Interest” – by the British artist, Ben Risk, who was subsequently commissioned to create new paintings that will form artwork for later singles from the album. Says Hegarty, “The image is of an old hunting lodge in the Scottish highlands, vividly splashed with red on a barren landscape and I loved how that worked with the title of the album ‘Temple’.”
The album art then became part of the genesis for a photo series of abandoned places as well, with Hegarty teaming up with photographer friend Dave Watts to create a photo project linked into the LP. The pair travelled to various locations across Cornwall and Somerset, with Watts shooting Hegarty in the wilderness, a tiny figure moving through a vast, desolate landscape, a small man in a big world; but one most definitely set to make his mark on it.
Read an interview with Matthew and the Atlas about Temple and Hegarty’s musical influences on The Wild Honey Pie HERE.