Matt Nathanson might only be a year removed from his album, Last of the Great Pretenders releasing, but he's already working on new music. His new stuff is coming together faster than anything he's made before. Proof of that is the release of his single "Headphones."
"We toured last fall with Last of the Great Pretenders," started Nathanson talking about how "Headphones" came to be. "We were getting ready to go out and I had been writing a ton. The new record has taken shape faster than any of my other records have. It was one of those things where I just asked if we could finish the best song of the batch, finish it, and if we like it put it up on iTunes and then play it every night? Everyone thought we should do it too.
"So, the song was kind of rearing it's head like,
"'Hey, I'm almost done and I'm feeling pretty special. You want to play me every night?'
"And I just went,
"'F@#& yeah I can.'
"It totally invigorated the band because it's a nice moment in the set. For the fall tour we had to learn all eleven new songs, it kind of feels like cramming for a test. When you just learn one song at a time it just adds a nice dynamic to rehearsal and to the show itself."
"Headphones" is a different type of track for Nathanson. Part of that is just a natural evolution from one record to the next, but another part of that is Nathanson's writing style has changed. Bored by writing strictly with an acoustic guitar, Nathanson started writing songs over rhythm tracks. Matt also consumes and listens to music differently than he used to. Both of things helped shape the singer/songwriter's single.
"I had been writing in New York and this new song came from that. I was reading off of my laptop. I had written 'I feel invincible with my headphones on' and I dropped that into a chorus and the song happened that way. The rest of the lyrics were a labored experience that I always do. It took me weeks to come back to where I started.
"I've been submerged in music lately. I used to hate listening to music on my phone. I'd listen on the turntable, on my computer, or in the car - but I was never going to put it on my phone. But when I put it on my phone, I started listening to music all the time. Instead of carrying around a second device like a F#$%ing old person, I could be anywhere and listen to what I want. Just to be able to listen to music whenever, I'd soundtrack my day in a way I hadn't done before. It became part of my everyday life without it having to be a separate thing from my everyday life where I'd have to sit down and listen," added Nathanson.
You can pick up Nathanson's new single now and you can check him out through the rest of the summer on tour with Gavin DeGraw and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.