by Thomas Bedward June 26, 2022
Personal stories, paired with enthralling storytelling, have always inspired Matthew Gilbert’s songwriting, and on ‘Getting Over All Of It’ he's delivered ten glorious tracks that shine with his signature, ethereal charm and ‘straight-from-the-heart’ compositions.
Having successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign for the album’s recording and release, Matthew Gilbert’s audience now waits with anticipation to begin to hear the creations they’ve supported over the past year. With the album and his core group of fans playing such a large support in his life, Gilbert is now so eager to give back to his fanbase, providing a set of sounds, melodies & stories for them to carry with them throughout their own journeys.
With ample amounts of time on his hands, alongside an abundance of creative energy, Matthew Gilbert penned and produced ‘Getting Over All Of It’ during the hard, stage four lockdown that was blanketed across Melbourne in 2021. Hundreds of separate audio tracks were utilized in the creation of its final form, with these sourced to include choral & orchestral arrangements from Germany, United Kingdom, Japan and the United States. Mixed by Jacob Sells (Woodlock, LANKS) and mastered by Adam Dempsey (Courtney Barnett, Paul Kelly), the final album was lovingly pieced together to create a work even greater than the sum of its parts.
Speaking of the new album, heexplained, “I was planning to release these songs as singles, but when listening through I was struck at how they all flowed from similar events and themes. Not only that, but I felt a tug on my heart, there was a deep sense of ‘letting go’ I needed from this music being released In an Album format. Hence, ‘Getting Over All Of It’."
“The process of creating this music happened over the last two years. In and out of lockdowns the album was recorded mostly in homes around the world. From Australia to the United Kingdom, Germany, America and Japan ‘Getting Over All Of It’ features over twenty-three amazing humans in its creation. All of it gorgeously arranged by myself."
Following on from his debut LP ‘This Heart’, performed alongside an 18-piece ensemble and elevating the release event to a truly cinematic experience, Matthew Gilbert has chipped away to create an album that is next step in the vivid and detailed sonic journey within his songwriting. A collection of music stories from the past five years of his life, there is an abundance of highs and the deepest of lows across the release. Lead single ‘Out Of The Contempt’ epitomizes this, channeling honesty, depression & heartbreak to unveil the inner-workings of his psyche, when moving past a deeply hurtful period in his life.
Matthew Gilbert is emerging gradually as one of Australia’s premiere indie-folk performers. With an abundance of relatable and moving stories up his sleeve, he capivates listeners with his honest melodies, lush harmonies and mysterious lyrics - hitting hard but always pulling back for a warm embrace when complete. His heartful songwriting is the tonic for a cold night, difficult week, heartbreak, lost love or any setback faced in the to and fro’s of day-to-day life.
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by Thomas Bedward August 10, 2022
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