MATT HOLUBOWSKI RELEASES NEW ALBUM WEIRD ONES
ON TOUR IN MARCH WITH STOPS IN VANCOUVER, KITCHENER, TORONTO, HAMILTON AND KINGSTON
Toronto, ON – February 20, 2020 – After releasing Solitudes in 2016, the album that introduced him to a wider audience, Matt Holubowski, toured across Canada, Europe, the United States, racking up the miles, and playing more than 200 shows. And now he's back with Weird Ones, a new record collecting songs written in Paris, Kraków, Banff, and Montreal.
Reunited in the studio with producer Connor Seidel, the singer-songwriter with the expressive voice and unique phrasing pushes sonic experimentation to another level. We are swept away by the sweetness and intensity of his folk style inflected with pop, rock, and indie. For the first time, Matt Holubowski tackles love in his songs, drawing from his experiences and delivering his most personal tracks to date, harnessing the writing process to break free.
On this new opus, the singer-songwriter was bolstered by his usual collaborators, guitarist Simon Angell, bassist Marc-André Landry, drummer Stéphane Bergeron, and cellist and keyboardist Marianne Houle, to whom were added violinist Mélanie Bélair, French hornist Pietro Amato, and singer Claudia Bouvette. "When we played shows, the chemistry between the musicians really paid off," Matt explains. "The new songs I wrote took into account the bond we formed by touring together." Christian Adam-Gilbert (recording), Zach Hanson (mixing), and Richard Addison (mastering), also contributed to the album's production.
An ode to owning being different, Weird Ones invites us into a parallel universe, a world at once beautiful, strange, colourful, and surreal, a place where everything is possible: "I've always wanted to cultivate a certain strangeness," adds Holubowski. "The title, Weird Ones, is a reference to the marginal and singular people who've inspired me and continue to do so, whether their extravagance is expressed flamboyantly or in a more introspective way. I think there are thousands of ways of tapping into your weird side and using it to be creative."
A master of atmosphere, Matt Holubowski plays with contrast to great effect (Down the Rabbit Hole) and weaves ethereal soundscapes, as can be heard on Eyes Wider. On the minimal mellifluousflowers, he reconnects with his signature minimalist folk, while Love, the Impossible Ghost, takes on the scale of a fresco. Weird Ones deploys a wide spectrum of textures and colours, a fascinating and rich world that we've only begun to explore.
Matt Holubowski and his musicians are back on tour to present Weird Ones. In March Matt will be making his way across North America, with stops in Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto, Hamilton, and Kingston. See below for all tour dates, and stay tuned for more news from Matt in 2020!
February 27 - Bécancour, QC - Le Moulin Michel de Gentilly
February 28 - Sherbrooke, QC - Theatre Granada
February 04 - Montreal, QC - M Telus
March 5 - Québec, QC - Grand Théâtre de Québec
March 6 - Sorel-Tracy, QC - Salle Georges-Codling
March 7 - Gatineau, QC - Salle Odyssée
March 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary*
March 12 - Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetary*
March 14 - Portland, OR - The Old Church*
March 15 - Seattle, WA – Barboza*
March 16 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret*
March 18 - Kitchener, ON - Centre in the Square
March 19 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
March 20 - Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
March 21 - Kingston,ON - Grad Club
April 15 - Amos, QC - Théâtre des Eskers
April 16 - La Sarre, QC - Salle Desjardins
April 17 - Rouyn-Noranda, QC - Théâtre du Cuivre
April 18 - Val-d'Or, QC - Théâtre Telebec
May 8 - L'Assomption, QC - Theatre Hector-Charland
May 9 - Chicoutimi, QC - Théâtre Banque-Nationale
May 10 - Sept-Îles, QC - Salle Jean-Marc-Dion
May 12 - St-Irénée, QC - Domaine Forget
May 14 - Carleton-sur-Mer, QC - Quai des Arts
May 15 - Rimouski, QC - Salle Desjardins-Telus
May 16 - Cowansville, QC - Auditorium Massey-Vanier
May 17 - Brossard, QC - L'Étoile Banque-Nationale
May 27 - St-Eustache, QC - Le Zénith de St-Eustache
May 28 - Terrebonne, QC - Theatre du Vieux-Terrebonne
May 29 - Trois-Rivières, QC - Théâtre du Cégep
May 30 - Joliette, QC - Salle Rolland-Brunelle
June 5 - Laval, QC - Salle Andre-Mathieu
June 6 - Victoriaville, QC - Le Carré 150
June 10 - St-Hyacinthe, QC - Centre des Arts Juliette-Lassonde
June 11 - Drummondville, QC - Maison des arts Desjardins
June 12 - Saint-Jérôme, QC - Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault
June 13 - Sainte-Thérèse, QC - Théâtre Lionel-Groulx
* with Tamino