In a red SUV, with only a small bag of clothes, a few cases full of portable recording equipment, and a pair of hiking boots, New Zealand alternative-pop artist Matthew Young began working on his debut album at the end of 2018.
Replacing the traditional modern studio environment with the soothing scenes of rural Aotearoa, the singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist began the songwriting process traveling the length of New Zealand and back. Staying off-the-grid in isolated Airbnb’s, Matthew’s intention lied in untangling the intricacies of life and mental health while learning to live with bipolar disorder.
Matthew Young’s career officially began in 2015, with the release of his debut EP, Dive, which received acclaim from Troye Sivan, Oyster magazine, i-D magazine, and more. In 2018 he shared his sophomore EP, Fruit, which has amassed over 10 million streams, with singles ‘Collect’ and ‘Hey’ both hitting #1 on Triple J’s airplay chart, followed by a sold out Australia / New Zealand tour. He’s also supported the likes of Lorde, and was hand-picked to perform at the Laneway Presents ARIA Showcase. In late 2019, Matthew Young appeared on Australian electronic duo Cosmo’s Midnight’s single, It’s Love, which has racked up over 5 million streams while also joining Matthew’s previous singles at the top of the Triple J airplay chart.
With his travels allowing him to discover mental wellbeing as a journey and not a destination, Matthew’s years of self-introspection have all been leading up to the musician’s forthcoming first full length record; his most cathartic and cohesive collection to date. Set for release this year, Matthew Young’s debut album is a collection of his deeply personal lived experiences that represent the complexities of living with bipolar disorder and the pursuit of balance, stability and self appreciation.