It's a pleasure singing with great women's voices.
—Matt Epp, musician
Behind singer/songwriter Matt Epp are a few great women.
Learning to Lose Control, his second full-length album with his band the Amorian Assembly, features a duet with Serena Ryder as well as backing vocals courtesy of Imaginary Cities' frontwoman Marti Sarbit.
Ryder reached out to Epp a couple of years ago after catching his artist of the month profile on the Cineplex Pre-Show at the movies.
In summer 2011, schedules aligned; Ryder was in Hollywood recording her Juno-winning 2012 album Harmony
, and Epp was in Tinseltown meeting producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, R.E.M.), who would helm Learning to Lose Control
"We ended up taking some time to meet up. She had an idea and it was cool, then I showed her my idea and she was finishing my lines for me. It happened really naturally," Epp says. "When her record went a different way and she didn't need it, I was thrilled. I secretly felt like it was my tune."
That duet, a starry-eyed love song called "When You Know," found a happy home on Epp's album.
Marti Sarbit (Trevor Marczylo)
Sarbit, meanwhile, grew up down the street from Epp in Brandon. Having her sing on his album was a real thrill for him. "Marti's on, like, five tracks," he says with a laugh. (That's her on the roots-rocking lead single "Sleepwalking.")
"I'm a big fan of hers. I'm so proud of the work she's doing with Rusty."
Local indie pop chanteuse French Press, aka Chantel Emond, will be handling the female vocals on Epp's cross-country tour in support of the album in June. "I really love that dynamic," he says. "It's a pleasure singing with great women's voices."Matt Epp and the Amorian Assembly will play the Pyramid on June 1. Learning to Lose Control is out June 4.
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