The Nordic connection
Unlike the stark contrast between Austin's sunny climate and the frigid temperatures of deepest, darkest Denmark, Matt the Electrician does have a common link with the far-away Scandinavian land. Many of the songs on the new album were co-written, an increasing trend in music production, and Matt was involved in The House of Songs, a collaborative songwriting exchange between Denmark and Austin, Texas. Through the exchange, Matt travelled to Denmark to write music at Engelsholm Castle, along with writers from the USA, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and the Faroe Islands. Matt later returned to the States to complete and record the album.
"The first track, All I Know", was co-written with Therese Aune from Norway. We focused on the theme of family vacations from childhood and what it feels like to fall in love for the first time. Another song co-written in Denmark with Ida Wenoee Bach is Ghost Story. After being told that Engelsholm Castle was haunted, we figured it was only fitting that we write a song about ghosts," Matt explains.
Organic, natural music
As mentioned earlier, the album has a warm, organic feel to it – although it was recorded digitally to Nuendo, a computer-based recording program in a studio in Austin:
"I think the organic feel is mostly due to the instruments that we choose to work with, which are mostly acoustic in nature."
True. There are a lot of acoustic instruments on the album, including guitars and banjos. Matt seems to be very conscious about expressing the instruments' natural and realistic sounds – and good sound in general: