MATTHEW GOOD : MOVING WALLS TOUR :

IMPERIAL PRESENTS MATTHEW GOOD : MOVING WALLS TOUR :

Matthew Good is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He was the lead singer and songwriter for the Matthew Good band, one of the most successful alternative rock bands in Canada during the 1990's and early 2000s. Since the band disbanded in 2002, Good has pursued a solo career and established himself as a political commentator and mental health activist. Good has received 21 Juno Award nominations during his career, winning four.

Leave it to Matthew Good — peerless singer/songwriter, bona fide if reluctant rock star, notorious straight-shooter — to transform a simple question into an astute observation about people’s relationship to music. To wit: ask Good to sum up his dazzling new solo album, the sumptuous, orchestral, and wildly multifaceted Moving Walls in an elevator pitch, and the B.C.-based performer responds not with a snappy list of styles and moods but with a clearheaded analogy fit for the era.

“Twenty years ago I’d be dying to tell people what my music sounds like and where it should be slotted in,” Good says. “Not now. I made a piece of art and it’s out there in the world for anyone who chooses to find it. Given my age and that it’s mostly acoustic, I guess you could call Moving Walls adult contemporary. It’s not a rock record, that’s for sure. But in this day of everyone knowing everything, I really like the idea of people figuring things out for themselves.”

And there you have Moving Walls, and Good’s highly decorated and decades-long career, in a nutshell: he writes it how he sees it, straight from the heart. How the music is interpreted or consumed matters less than the fact that it’s simply heard.

The methodology has worked wonders for Good since he emerged in the 1990s fronting the acclaimed Matthew Good Band, and it’s kept him true through umpteen solo albums, culminating in the 15-track Moving Walls, which was recorded at the legendary Bathouse Studio in spring 2019 with multiple marquee guests. Entirely written by Good (who adds guitar, synthesizer, and all lead vocals) and cut with long-time collaborator, producer/engineer Warne Livesey (who adds various instruments while sprinkling pixie dust throughout), Moving Walls is at once a revelation and a return to form.

 

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