AUSTIN SINGER, SONGWRITER’S A TREASURE TROVE OF OVER 1,000 LICENSE-ABLE VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL PIECES IN HIS MATT’S MUSIC BOX LIBRARY
Most veteran singer-songwriters who release an EP as dynamic as Matt Kjeldsen’s Last Days simply hope to use their sales and streaming success to book more gigs, grow their fan base and fund more music. But Kjeldsen, also a prolific multi-media composer for TV, film and documentaries, is offering something greater – an open door to Matt’s Music Box (www.mattsmusicbox.com), a library of over 1,000 (and continuously growing) unique and diverse musical textures (and many full-length vocal tunes) to enhance visual projects of all kinds. He provides music, available for licencing, for websites, film, radio, TV, documentaries, slideshows, presentations, games, DVDs, mobile devices, public space diffusions, video art, art installations, web episodes and more.
Quite a few years back, the multi-talented Austin, TX based composer – who had gigged in his share of bands – decided to focus full time on licensing and publishing. In the late 90s, he was asked to create a soundtrack of low, rumbling music for the award winning documentary “Crime Scene Cleaners.” That kicked off his career supplying music for many other music libraries, and he launched Matt’s Music Box in 2012. Among the many productions he has supplied music to are the film “Equinox Knocks,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, the TLC reality series “Toddlers and Tiaras and the HGTV house hunting show, “Love It Or List It”.”
Matt’s Music Box also includes all the tracks from Kjeldsen’s catalog of 20+ independent albums he has recorded over the years. Matt’s Music Box is the licensing arm of Raging Fyre Music Publishing, which handles the licensing and administration of his copyrighted compositions. Knotrilly Records and Raging Fyre Music Publishing exclusively represent Kjeldsen’s business interests. His sound ranges in tone from irreverent to sublime, from angry to resigned, from soothing to indefinable.
The songs on Last Days reflect the eclectic approach to songwriting taken by Kjeldsen, who grew up listening to and admiring acts that used vocal harmonies and whose musical stylings varied with each song, including Elton John, The Beatles, Queen, The Beach Boys, Paul Simon, Steely Dan and Pink Floyd. The country flavored acoustic tune “Closer To Texas” finds him on the road, thinking he’d be better off on his own but ultimately returning to rediscover his true love. The guitar is played by his longtime collaborator Mac McNabb.
Another acoustic country-flavored gem is the soulful, introspective, “I Should Know Me Better Than This By Now,” which reflects somberly on a recently departed love. While also acoustic, “Last Days” paints an epic portrait of a country in decline, compared to Ancient Rome. The stark, haunting steel guitar introducing the brooding “What Once Was” is the perfect way to introduce the dark toned yet more personal “What Once Was,” while the edgy, distorted rock ballad “Ghosts and Shadows” is a disguised lament about the changing music scene in his hometown of Austin.
“It’s truly the greatest feeling in the world when you’re first writing a song or a piece of music.
If it is unique, it demands that you finish it,” Kjeldsen says. “Nobody else has heard it, and you don’t know if anyone ever will, but you know you’ve created something special out of nothingness and you can proudly put your name on it. I’m excited to share a few of my songs on the EP, and invite everyone who listens to explore all the different styles I have created that are part of Matt’s Music Box.”
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