Electro-acoustic musician Matthew Paul Menovcik is equal parts composer, songwriter, arranger, producer, multi-instrumental performer, and singer. It has been said that "...he's not nearly as famous as Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), but Matt Menovcik just might be as talented" (Seattle Times). Menovcik has also been hailed as a "top-rate songwriter" (Seattle Weekly). After spending most of the 00’s recording and touring with DIY indie rock acts and collaborations including Saeta, Ms. Led, and ROPE, INC. (with infamous producer Kramer), Menovcik decided to turn his attention to composition and film scoring, while never leaving his roots as a songwriter.
Inspired by minimalism, pop and ambient, Menovcik’s sonic world blends his music knowledge, love of technology and unapologetic emotionalism into a uniquely inspired voice. Menovcik has released many critically acclaimed albums on labels such as Ghost Records (Italy), Second Shimmy, Tarnished and Ippylu. His most recent release is 2014’s Alone, With You released under his own name. The many films featuring Matt’s work and specifically written scores include Silvio Soldini’s Days and Clouds, Cesar Lanza’s La Perfezionista, and Faith Vs. Fate’s Run, Hide, Die (AKA The Anniversary).
Menovcik’s forthcoming release, Calmly Comes The Fog, is his first entirely instrumental album. It was originally written for piano and string quartet, but was recorded with effected Rhodes electric piano and a variety of string sounds creating a rich minimalist soundscape not unlike the soundtracks to Blade Runner or Twin Peaks. The album is focused on the concept of slowness especially in times of depression, which is the Fog referenced in the title. To further enhancement the experience of the compositions for the album, a video was created for each song dealing with the way the depressed mind tries to make sense of the world and establish some connections no matter how brief. Even in the darkness there are many moments of triumph and even calm on this album. The album does more than leave the listener Waiting for the Rain or Languidly moving through the day. We find solace in the Afternoon and resolve as the Sun Slowly Rises. “We’ll call it faith and pray”.
Calmly Comes The Fog will be released on Ippylu on November 9, 2018