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