Bringing “a polytempic ambient piece that pays homage to an unremarkable landscape,” Colourmusic talks about their ambient album in this creator conversation.
Let’s start by getting to know you. How do you describe yourself and your music?
The last person who can really answer this question is us. Pretty tough question honestly for artists to answer. I think that is the question we are trying to unravel when making sounds. What is it you are trying to find? We call it New Age Noise Rock. I think that works, for now, cause it’s so stupid.
Use only seven words to describe your album, Mathewson, OK?
Can I borrow four more words? A polytempic ambient piece that pays homage to an unremarkable landscape.
Why do an ambient music album?
It’s actually the best music genre. It strips sound to its essentials and can actually change the feel of any environment you are in without needing the constant attention of the listener. Plus, we’ve been doing this kind of stuff for a long time we just never released it.
What activities do you think go well with the album?
Anything. I like to turn it on when I’m anxious. Or helps me to fall asleep. I like to turn it on while watching TV and turn the sound off the TV.
What were some challenges and creative discussions you had when making the album?
Just figuring out what musical ideas expressed here are interesting enough to pursue.
What behind the scenes stories do you want to share about the album?
Well the album is trying to capture the feel of a small plot of land in Oklahoma that used to be a town called Mathewson, which is now a neighborhood, rebuilt after being destroyed by a tornado. All that exists of that town is gone. The neighborhood as I remember it is now gone. So really the only existence of that memory is what’s left in my mind. So that is the story so to speak. Each song references a special area of my youth.
What’s something positive you try to keep in mind or do when negativity surrounds you?
Nothing nobody hasn’t thought of before. I always think of how it could be worse, and that makes me feel better.
What can you tell us about Mathewson, OK?
A town that used to exist. Most famous detail I had heard was that the post office got robbed by the Dalton Brothers. Now all that really exists is a cemetery. That’s pretty fitting to the album’s theme I’d say.
What are some of your favorite places to perform or listen to live music in Oklahoma?
The Tower Theatre is really special. I actually think it might be my favorite venue we’ve performed at, ever.