The The (Matt Johnson): CD concept (From a series of CD compilation concepts I am creating for my blog)
Concept, Selection, Design, Copywriting: Robert Kramberger
“I have been waiting for tomorrow (all of my life)”
Matt Johnson was still a scrawny teenager when he released his first album Burning Blue Soul, in 1981. Critically acclaimed, commercially paralyzed, it was a brave, pionneering effort in Tech., Electronica, Soul and Blues. Odd mix? You bet. Plus he played every instrument! Very brave, indeed.
Over 20 years later, Mr. Johnson (A.K.A. The The) continues to explore new musical textures and genres – including an entire album of Hank Williams Sr. covers. Unlike his very early efforts, Matt now works with exceptional musicians, including the likes of Guitarist, Johnny Marr.
Regardless of the actual mucical style he tackles, Matt describes his work collectively as “Blue Soul” (hence the name of the first album). His songs “mine the soul” to discover “all of life’s little ironies.”
This music will stir your soul, or make you feel blue – but it’s all good. Good for the soul that is. So, dim the lights, crank the volume, and spend a little quality time with yourself. The effect is cleansing.
– Robert Kramberger 2015