This June sees the release of a Special Edition version of Matt Nathanson’s American Top 20 album Modern Love, timed to coincide with the star’s arrival on Australian shores. Kicking off a series of East Coast dates at The Sydney Opera House on 7 June with pop-rock superstars Train, Nathanson will wow Australian fans with his acclaimed live show.
A collection of pop and rock songs that are more joyful, complex and bold than any of Matt Nathanson’s previous works, Modern Love boasts the US Top 3 single ‘Come On Get Higher’, which has sold over two million copies to date. An additional three new acoustic tracks will feature on the special edition release, including a stripped-back rendition of the US Top 5 single ‘Car Crash’.
Modern Love follows on from 2007’s break-out success Some Mad Hope, which catapulted the San Francisco-based Nathanson from darling of the touring circuit with a devoted cult following to a bonafide hit maker and one of the premiere songwriters on the music scene today. Nathanson has recently toured with Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson and Train, and enjoyed numerous television appearances including David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Dancing with the Stars, along with a sold-out US headline tour.
Known for his legendary live shows that are both wildly funny and emotionally provocative, Nathanson took a year off the road to record Modern Love – the first break he has taken from touring in his 15-year career. The success of Some Mad Hope and ‘Come On Get Higher’ gave Nathanson a sense of accomplishment and confidence that allowed him to take a new approach to Modern Love, taking bigger risks and diving deeper into his vast array of musical influences. The writing process started by exploring songs that were more physical and groove-based, drawing from influences such as Depeche Mode, ACDC and Talking Heads. “That was a sexy song and it connected, people got it,” he says of ‘Come On Get Higher’. “So we started with the idea of keeping a groove steady the whole way through a song. I wanted things to breathe and hang off these songs in a way that defied the fact that they were written on an acoustic guitar.” By the time the eleven songs, written and produced with his long time collaborator Mark Weinberg, were completed, Nathanson was marvelling at the new territory they had covered. From the “Depeche Mode groove” in “Mercy ‘Less Drowning, More Land)’ to the ecstatic opening track and first single ‘Faster’, to the soaring ‘Run’, which features Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, Modern Love is a luminous and bold departure.
Check out the current single ‘Faster here:
Modern Love bonus tracks:
All We Are (Acoustic Version)
Car Crash (Acoustic Version)
Come On Get Higher (Acoustic Version)
MATT NATHANSON TOUR DATES – WITH TRAIN
Thursday 7 June – THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY NSW
Saturday 9 June – PALAIS THEATRE, MELBOURNE VIC
Monday 11 June – THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE QLD