Mat Hunsley recently dropped by MCR Live to play two acoustic session tracks ahead of his Manchester show.
Catch Mat at the following venues:
18th June – Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney. Free entry.
20th June – The Thirsty Scholar, Manchester. Free entry.
With significant support from the likes of Drowned in Sound, Buzzfeed and The Line Of Best Fit accompanying the release of his debut EP To Being Free last autumn, Hunsley’s profile continues to rise considerably and this latest track provides an even starker example of his wonderful blend of storytelling.
Evoking obvious comparisons to the likes of Bon Iver, Nathaniel Ratecliff and James Vincent McMorrow, the singer-songwriter’s honesty and emotion shine through on ‘Do You Need Me Near’, and with support slots for the likes of Seafret, To Kill A King and label-mates Axel Flóvent and Brooke Bentham already under his belt, Hunsley is set for a big year.
Discussing the release, Mat stated: “This song is testament to my oldest and dearest friends. Like everyone else, I have had those friends whom I believed were essential to my happiness. I mistakenly thought that without their constant presence and participation in my life that I couldn’t possibly be as happy as I once was. Despite my worries and despite each of us having followed our differing paths, these friends have remained close to my heart. When reunited we slip effortlessly back into the old habits and patterns as if we’d never strayed away. These people don’t need me near them in order to get everything they need and deserve from life, but it’s comforting to know that our friendship will forever stay the same.”
Produced by Mick Ross (Lanterns On The Lake, Ajimal, The Lake Poets), ‘Do You Need Me Near’ is released on 28th April
We’d like to extend a big congratulations to Trellis alumnus Brooke Bentham, who signed a record deal with Believe Recordings last month.
Her new single ‘Heavy and Ephemeral’ received it’s first play on BBC Radio 1 courtesy of Huw Stephens the other night, and is available to purchase / stream as of today.
Be sure to catch Brooke on tour supporting John Smith across April.
Our very own Mat Hunsley played flagship arts venue Sage Gateshead last night, as part of Ditte Elly’s North Sea Project, which explores the history, myth and beauty of the north east through song.
The 1700 capacity venue is arguably the region’s biggest cultural institution, making this an early highlight of 2017 for Mat, who will be sharing more new music soon!