Produced by Mick Ross (Ajimal, Tessera Skies, The Lake Poets) and mastered by Tom Woodward (The Cribs, Fidlar, Frankie & The Heartstrings), the ‘To Being Free’ EP is released on 18th November. It represents another personal step forward for Mat, who has had to overcome numerous frustrations – not least his own self-doubt – just to get to this stage.
Those experiences have fed into Hunsley’s unique brand of storytelling, which is laid bare on ‘Fires’, his most personal song yet. Nods to contemporaries including Bon Iver, Nathaniel Rateliff and James Vincent Mcmorrow are evident in the track and provide the perfect backdrop to his poignant lyricism and ethereal vocals.
Just last month the Newcastle-based artist premiered his debut song ‘Dropping’, which has led to a who’s who of music industry tastemakers talking about Mat, with the likes of Clash, Crack in the Road and Drowned in Sound praising the track, adding to previous backing for Mat from The Line Of Best Fit and The 405.
‘Fires’ is sure to propel him to even greater heights, culminating in the release of his debut EP, a body of work that perfectly represents what this outstanding young talent is all about. A passionate and intelligent documentation of the world as it revolves around him, it’s the first chapter in a colourful songbook that Mat appears to be compiling as he attempts to move past previous insecurities and reconnect with the human being inside worn and weathered 21st century skin.
Here’s to new beginnings then. Here’s to being free…
“Newcastle artist Mat Hunsley knows that honesty is the only way. So when it comes to songwriting, he strips it all back – bare, open artistry, with a sense of lyricism hewn from his own experiences.” – Clash
“Mat Hunsley has an enigmatic way of reaching his listener in a contemplative and authentic way. With his newest release, ‘Dropping’ we hear more of his talented songwriting and comforting vocals.” – The Revue
“Mat Hunsley is only just working on his debut EP, but the very first single we get to hear is already setting the bar quite high. ‘Dropping’ is a very simple track, but super emotional and honest. Sometimes less is so much better.” – Stereofox
“Hunsley carves out some beautiful turns of phrase in lyrics that feel like they’re pouring out of a man who has lived a life. His vocals are tender but filled with a rich tone, that really blend perfectly with the twinkling strums of his guitar. He knows how to make his songs lift and fall, and creates real light and shade within music that crafts a world all of its own. An accomplished songwriter already, Dropping hints at one that will just continue to develop and still has plenty more tales left to tell.” – NARC. Magazine