Kalle Mattson biography
In the three short years since Kalle (kāl) Mattson began writing songs, he and his band have grown from a Dylan-influenced solo act into a full on experimental folk-rock quintet. With two full-lengths already under his young belt, and a video for “Thick As Thieves” from the previous album “Anchors“ closing in on almost One Million views, Kalle Mattson returns May 1st with a new five song EP - “Lives In Between”. Recorded at the end of 2011, and mastered by Gavin Gardiner (The Wooden Sky), “Lives In Between” is the first release with a new lineup and a new sound. It serves as both a preview and a precursor to a new full-length album to be recorded in 2012, all the while being a cohesive piece in and of itself.
With the release of Kalle Mattson’s debut album "Whisper Bee” (2009), the attention of both Canadian and British music lovers was grabbed and went on to earn Kalle two Northern Ontario Music Award nominations and a Top 100 placement in the Billboard World Song Contest. The second full length album "Anchors" (2011) was mixed by Howie Beck (Feist, Jason Collett, Hayden, etc.),mastered at the legendary Bernie Grudman Studios (Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, The Band) and released by Winnipeg label Parliament Of Trees (The Details/Paperbacks). “Anchors” received rave reviews that culminated in numerous year end "Best Of" lists and a song placement on Degrassi, while the band hit the road in support of the album with stops along the way at CMW, NXNE, COCA, and Ottawa Bluesfest. The album also received a pair of Northern Ontario Music Award nominations for Album of the Year (Group) & SOCAN Songwriter of the Year.
In November 2011 Kalle Mattson’s music video for "Thick As Thieves" went viral. With almost 1,000,000 views to date, the video depicts the history of the world using stop-motion animation. Created for only $250 in materials, it was covered by such media outlets as Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, Much Music, Yahoo, and CBS News, amongst others and leading The National Post to highlight Kalle Mattson as one of five musicians poised to breakout in 2012.
Kalle Mattson and his band will tour coast to coast in support of “Lives In Between” over the next six months. Watch for them in a town near you soon.
"The world needs more bands like Kalle Mattson" - Quick Before It Melts
"Kalle Mattson seems to be wise beyond his years musically and emotionally. The Sault Ste. Marie native and his band show more potential than any young band I've come across lately."- Herohill.com
"Anchors is a splendid surprise, much more inventive, focused, meaty, individualistic and industrious than you would ever imagine coming from a group of early adults (originally) from the Soo. On second thought, it makes perfect sense." - Exclaim!