Matt Ellis | The Greatest Escape

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The Greatest Escape

by Matt Ellis

Matt Ellis’ new, 5th album, was recorded and mixed at Wavelab in Tucson, Az. The songs have a new, tougher sound that recalls the Australian Singer/Songwriters early rock roots now influenced by the past decade living in The United States.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On the Horizon
5:04 $0.99
2. Different Man
3:09 $0.99
3. The Greatest Escape
3:30 $0.99
4. Setting Sun
3:32 $0.99
5. Don't Mind Losing
2:58 $0.99
6. Greyhound 89
4:40 $0.99
7. Texas Sky
5:06 $0.99
8. Seven Years At Sea
4:30 $0.99
9. I Know a Killer
2:40 $0.99
10. Thank You Los Angeles
4:21 $0.99
11. It Only Takes a Little
3:36 $0.99
12. Ain't No One Winning
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Album Notes
“The Greatest Escape”, 12 new songs produced by Matt Ellis and mixed by Craig Schumacher is out Tuesday October 21st.

Matt Ellis’ new, fifth album, recorded and mixed at Wavelab in Tucson, AZ, has a new, tougher sound
 that recalls the Australian Singer/Songwriters early rock roots. Based in California since 2005,
 Ellis’ sound has evolved effortlessly over the past decade blending Country, Rock and Folk in the 
tradition of Tom Petty, Neil Young and Ryan Adams.

Last December, Ellis and his band headed to Tucson, AZ and recorded 13 tracks over 4 days. Produced by Matt,
 the live tracks were engineered by Chris Schultz and Craig Schumacher (Neko Case, Calexico, The Jayhawks).
 Ellis returned home to Los Angeles, CA to complete recording, teaming up with Nick Luca (Calexico, Iron & Wine).
 The pair spent the following months, setting up in multiple home studios adding Vocals, Fender Rhodes, Piano
 and additional Guitars, before Matt returned to Tucson to mix the album with Schumacher, 
the celebrated engineer behind his last two releases.

The result is a loose classic rock feel, steeped in Americana and Folk. Ellis’ trademark voice is in fine form and 
the songs have an extra level of detail, but the long list of guest musicians is gone. The band Matt put together to promote his last full length, “Births, Deaths & Marriages” (2010), is still with him, and he was inspired to build 
this album around them.

Throughout 2013, Matt was presenting unfinished songs to Josh Norton (Guitar), Fern Sanchez (Drums),
Grant Fitzpatrick (Bass), Tim Walker (Pedal Steel) and his wife Vavine (Vocals). The group would jam on songs
over multiple sessions, letting arrangements and feel develop naturally, the same approach the band took
 to the recording sessions.

A double A-Side single, “On The Horizon/Thank You Los Angeles” was released in late August.
 Since the release, the band has been promoting the new songs with a launch at The Del Monte speakeasy, a slot on 
the Abbot Kinney Fest and The Desert Stars Festival at Pappy & Harriets. Matt Ellis is launching the new album on
 Wednesday October 22nd at Harvard & Stone, in Los Angeles California. A tour is in the works for early 2015.



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