Atlanta’s powerhouse rock’n’soulers, Mattiel, made up of Mattiel Brown and Jonah Swilley, have today shared the video for ‘Blood On The Yolk’, the latest track from their third album, Georgia Gothic, which is released this month on Friday March 18th. This follows the release of previous tracks Lighthouse and Jeff Goldblum.
Talking about the track and video Mattiel said:
When Jonah first wrote the structure to Blood in the Yolk, it took me a while to compose my writing and decide how I wanted to approach it with lyrics and melody. I remember being a little frustrated with my lack of ideas in the beginning, but he gave me a pep-talk to keep me going, and we ended up writing a song that is so near and dear to my heart now. It was also the first song on the album that felt easy for me to visualize, so I spent a long time thinking about how the video would come together. It’s heavily inspired by the 1969 film “Color of Pomegranates” directed by Sergei Parajanov – which, if you haven’t seen it, is probably one of the most beautiful films ever made.
And we couldn’t have done it without our friend David James Swanson who shot and directed it – he really helped capture that balance of simplicity and drama in the shots. I was able to source all of the props and wardrobe from the Salvation Army, my mother’s house, and recycled fabric scraps … and David just brought the whole thing to life and completely understood my vision from the get-go.
Blood in the Yolk is one of my favorite songs Jonah and I have ever written together, and I feel so lucky that this is our ‘job’.
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Georgia Gothic, a magic third in Mattiel’s run of full-length albums, was shaped in the quiet seclusion of a woodland cabin in the north of the Atlanta duo’s mother-state; “Some faraway place that just Jonah and I could go where there would be no distractions, nothing else going on, and we could turn everything off and only focus on writing songs”, reflects Brown. Where 2017’s self-titled debut and its 2019 follow-up Satis Factory were written with what Swilley refers to as a “hands-off” approach — he arranging the music and Brown the lyrics and vocals, the two working largely separately — the making of Georgia Gothic was, for the first time, a truly collaborative undertaking. “This was the first time we made a point to just be together and work out ideas in the same room. That was the initial intention … it was about learning what each other wanted to accomplish on a sonic level, and then just trying different things out” Swilley continues. “Everything happened backwards. Normally, you’d have friends that make a band … with us, we started making music from the jump, and then became homies.”
Cultivated by time spent together on the road touring the first two albums, it is this newfound sense of intimacy between Mattiel’s members that enabled the writing of Georgia Gothic not as two separate musicians, but rather as one creative entity. The album remained within the four walls of Brown and Swilley’s private world for much of its evolution — with recording taking place in a simple studio set up by the pair in the borrowed room of a dialysis centre, Swilley in the producer’s seat — until, nearing completion, it was transferred into the trusted hands of the Grammy-award-winning John Congleton (whose extensive list of credits includes artists as diverse as Angel Olsen, Earl Sweatshirt, Erykah Badu and Sleater Kinney) for mixing.
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Mattiel have also announced a run of UK and European shows in May of next year… it’s going to be great to have them back on our shores.
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