‘Heaven, Songs of Matt Kivel’ is a compilation of songs written by Matt and recorded by a handful of his contemporaries/predecessors. "But Matt's not dead!!!" you might say to yourself. "How could he possibly have a non-posthumous compilation record!?? This is an outrage." Well, we urge you to calm down and think about it for a second. "Heaven" explores the notion that modern songs can have a life beyond their original recorded renditions. In today’s musical landscape we listen, and relisten to the same version of a recorded song countless times. But it wasn't always like this! In the not-so-distant past, musical tradition centered around the concept of interpretation, improvisation, and the retelling of a story from a uniquely individual perspective. This tradition of transformative expression is what we hope to channel, in some small way here, with some great contemporary artists reimagining Matt’s original work.
released October 2, 2015
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