Go­ing through a tough time af­ter his mar­riage fell apart proved to be a cre­ative cat­a­lyst that fu­elled Matt Gre­sham’s very per­sonal al­bum

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Ex­plor­ing the spa­ces be­tween sound, Matt Gre­sham’s most hon­est work tells a story of beau­ti­ful empti­ness. The West­ern Aus­tralian­based acous­tic artist trav­elled the world for two years, doc­u­ment­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and shap­ing his mem­o­ries into songs.

“The more you see, the more your art changes be­cause you are ex­posed to dif­fer­ent things,” Gre­sham says. “The sound changed from work­ing with a bunch of dif­fer­ent peo­ple, their in­put changed the way I wrote songs. As I grew as a per­son, the songs grew.

“I heard an in­ter­view with Paul Simon for Grace­land, he was talk­ing about African mu­sic and how he loved how some mu­sic has a beau­ti­ful empti­ness to it, which re­ally res­onated with me, so that be­came the al­bum ti­tle.”

The 27-year-old says the in­spi­ra­tion for The Beau­ti­ful Empti­ness came from his mar­riage break­down.

“The lyri­cal theme to the al­bum was con­fronting raw emo­tions, get­ting through tough times and us­ing mu­sic as a cre­ative out­let,” he says.

“I guess I have (been through a lot for my age) but I have learned so many things which I’m grate­ful for. The sim­ple things in life are where it’s at.”

To­mor­row night, Gre­sham will share th­ese heart­felt tunes with Gold Coast fans.

“The songs are great played live in smaller venues, which is why I chose Sound­lounge,” he says. “It’s in­ti­mate and gives peo­ple a chance to hear the mu­sic in a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment.”

The tal­ented trou­ba­dour will also show­case some new tracks from a forth­com­ing al­bum. “I’m re­leas­ing an al­bum on iTunes next week called One Night In May,” he says. “We recorded 10 songs last night and they all came out beau­ti­ful.” Matt Gre­sham plays Sound­lounge in Cur­rumbin to­mor­row night

WA mu­si­cian Matt Gre­sham’s al­bum The Beau­ti­ful Empti­ness is filled with heart­felt songs.

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