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Matt Nathanson’s New “Modern Love”

Matt Nathanson

Matt Nathanson

This June Matt Nathanson will release his new album, Modern Love, on Vanguard Records. A collection of pop and rock songs that are more joyful, complex and bold than any of Matt Nathanson’s previous works, Modern Love is poised to become the album of the summer. In the weeks leading up to the much anticipated release, Nathanson will be embarking on a nationwide tour with country superstars Sugarland. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush also make a special appearance on Modern Love. Fans can get a first taste of Modern Love with a free download of the infectious first single, “Faster” at through March 13th.

Modern Love comes on the heels of 2007’s break-out success Some Mad Hope, which catapulted the San Francisco-based Nathanson from darling of the touring circuit with a devoted cult following to a bonafide hit maker and one of the premiere songwriters on the music scene today. The album boasts the Top 3 single “Come On Get Higher,” which has sold over 2 million copies to date.  With eleven of the twelve tracks licensed for film and television, the power of Nathanson’s songwriting and the connection his music establishes with listeners is undeniable. The album’s break-out success led to Matt’s VH1 “You Oughta Know” placement, numerous television appearances  including David Letterman, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson  and a sold-out US headlining tour. He unveiled  the new material live at this year’s South by Southwest in Austin, TX with select showcases from March 16th-19th.

Known for his legendary live shows that are both wildly funny and emotionally provocative, Nathanson took a year off the road to record Modern Love – the first break he has taken from touring in his 15 year career. The success of Some Mad Hope and “Come On Get Higher” gave Nathanson a sense of accomplishment and confidence that allowed him to take a new approach to Modern Love, taking bigger risks and diving deeper into his vast array of musical influences. The writing process started by exploring songs that were more physical and groove-based, drawing from influences such as Depeche Mode, ACDC and Talking Heads. “That was a sexy song and it connected, people got it,” he says of “Come On Get Higher.” “So we started with the idea of keeping a groove steady the whole way through a song. I wanted things to breathe and hang off these songs in a way that defied the fact that they were written on an acoustic guitar.” By the time the eleven songs, written and produced with his longtime collaborator Mark Weinberg, were completed, Nathanson was marveling at the new territory they had covered. From the “Depeche Mode groove” in “Mercy (Less Drowning, More Land)” to the ecstatic opening track and first single “Faster,” to the soaring “Run,” which features Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, Modern Love is a luminous and bold departure.

Matt Nathanson


From: Modern Love

Vanguard/Capitol Records

Catch Matt Nathanson LIVE with Sugarland this Spring:

4/2                                    Aspen, CO @ Wheeler Opera House*

4/14                                    Pensacola. FL @ Pensacola Civic Center

4/15                                    Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

4/16                                    Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

5/5                                    Evansville, IN @ Roberts Stadium

5/6                                    Rosemont, IL@ Allstate Arena

5/7                                    Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center

5/13                                    Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center

5/14                                    Camden, NJ @Susquehanna Bank Center

5/20                                    Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center

5/21                                    Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

5/22                                    Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

5/26                                    Lubbock, TX @ United Spirit Arena

5/27                                    San Antonio, TX @ Illusions Theater at the Alamodome

*Solo headlining show