What is interesting about this new CD is that it has been 3 years since Aqualung has been on the road. This launch and tour is rather a simultaneous rebirth– a new evolution if you will — of Aqualung with a new vigor, attitude and feeling. Spring seems to be the perfect timing for that musical, creative and almost spiritual rebirth sort of feeling that going out on tour provides– as well as this new CD Magnetic North which seems to provide a carefully balanced plate of musical food to mentally chew on. The music is layered and the tune that is probably so evocative to the general public will be the Remember Us with Sara Bareilles that was featured on Grey's Anatomy .
However do not let that ballad — dark and potent — let you think that the entire album is the entire emotional scope of the CD. There is an effervescent, fun side to this man, this CD and his entire approach to the creation of music as well as touring. Fingertips is a great one to test drive!
"Music can be an amazingly potent thing", says Matt Hales/Aqualung "When I sing into the microphone in the studio, I'm whispering my secrets in people's
ears. When it connects, it can be so powerful. It's still a remarkable process to me."
This is a podcast/phone interview done with Aqualung/Matt Hales this past Friday afternoon 4/23/2010. It was an interesting chat and he was extremely accessible. It was illuminating to speak with him about his musical and professional journey and how he manages to juggle the music, the tour, the composing and recording and the family too.
Aqualung (Matt Hales)
Definitely worth the money to buy the CD, you'll want this in the car too — or at least I do. I have scoured the sites to find enough of Magnetic North to make some preliminary assessment and it is significantly different in feeling – much more upbeat and presents a Matt Hales who is in a more settled, happier, comfortable space.
Do not miss this show, It will be amazing — particularly in light of the podcast content. Expect him to be around for a good long time — a thoughtful, careful composer, musician who is s about creating music, not just cranking out the albums for the money.
Thank you to Matt Hales for his time. I really appreciate that we could connect at the last minute.
4/26/2010 LOS ANGELES, California, United States Bootleg Theatre
4/27/2010 SAN FRANCISCO, California, United States Swedish American Hall
4/29/2010 Vancouver BC, Canada The Biltmore Cabaret
4/30/2010 PORTLAND, Oregon, United States Doug Fir Lounge
5/1/2010 SEATTLE, Washington, United States Triple Door
5/4/2010 MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, United States Varsity Theater
5/5/2010 CHICAGO, Illinois, United States Schuba's
5/6/2010 SAINT LOUIS, Missouri, United States Blueberry Hill
5/7/2010 COLUMBUS, Ohio, United States The Basement
5/8/2010 PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, United States World Cafe Live
5/9/2010 VIENNA, Virginia, United States Jammin Java
5/10/2010 NEW YORK, New York, United States City Winery
5/11/2010 BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States The Red Room @ Cafe 93