Published Feb 04, 2014Rootsy Ottawa resident Kalle Mattson's latest album is called Someday, the Moon Will Be Gold. It's not out until February 11 through Parliament of Trees, but fans interested in hearing the music behind the enigmatic title can listen to it ahead of time on Exclaim.ca.
The album was written in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, where the 22-year-old Mattson lived as a child. It was produced by Gavin Gardiner of the Wooden Sky, with guests including Jeremy Fisher and members of Cuff the Duke.
Sadly, the songs address the passing of Mattson's mother, who died five years ago.
"I had written about my mom in the past but never as honest as I was on all of these new songs," he said in a statement. "I wanted to fully put down my own story. In a lot of ways I felt like all I had left was this record and finishing it. What I had put off for five years all came back to me in that house and I dealt with it by writing."
Despite the harrowing subject matter, Mattson added that there's hope in the folk rocking songs. This can be heard in the triumphantly rocking opener "An American Dream" and the thundering "Hurt People Hurt People." Elsewhere, "Eyes Speak" has a dramatic structure of rises and falls, and "In the Morning Light" and "Amelie" end the album on a quietly restrained note.
Hear it all below, and check out Mattson's tour schedule here.
UPDATE: This stream was available for one week only and is no longer available.