If you’re not all over Matt Gravolin‘s new project Agnes Manners yet, you know what to do… But today the man has released a new track featuring the one and only John Floreani of Trophy Eyes.
The song in question is called ‘Sydney‘ and, much like his debut release ‘As Long As You’re Mine‘, you can pinpoint moments throughout where Matt’s songwriting was a key player in Hellions‘ last album with him in the band Rue. Not to take away from his new venture though, the man can pen a great ballad-esque banger, there’s no denying that and if you appreciated the more slower jams from his time in Hellions, chances are you’re gonna froth over this new project instantly!
On the new track, Matt told us:
Sydney’ is it is the second piece of a two-part song. I wanted the song to feel something like a Disney composition, so it is primarily string and piano based. A trio of flutes ended up replacing what was originally intended to be a lead guitar movement which really solidified that vibe. John kicks off the tempo change / rock bit in the way that only he can. He made musical and lyrical contributions to the song when I was writing in Melbourne so it made sense for him to join me on the track when he arrived at Karma Sound Studios to do some writing of his own while I was making the Agnes Manners album. During that recording trip, I ambled down to a beach after a long night at the bar to try and get a voice recording of sea sounds to put in one of the songs. I had too much to drink and I ended up vomiting on the beach – I forgot that the voice memo was still recording all the while. I revisited the recording the next day and salvaged the sound of me being sick over the the sounds of waves. The result can be heard at the end of ‘Sydney’, I felt that it suited the lyrical content and mood of the song, seeing as it is about a particularly excessive time in my life before I made the move from Sydney to Melbourne. Paranoia and shame are operant themes, I was written from a perspective that felt very real and frightening at the time.
With the song out today, Matt is intending to donate 100% of the profits to a much-needed cause as he mentioned on Facebook:
If you buy the song, every cent will be donated to the Justice for David Dungay Junior campaign, so I implore you to do so. Many thanks to my dear friend John Floreani for co-writing and joining me on this track – it’s a short but special one x
Wanna help? Buy the song right here. Still no word if an album or EP is on the way but we’re keen as fuck to see what Matt does next!