Australian solo artist Mathukey has honed an intriguing alternative rock music that fuses together moments of ambience with prog, post-rock and metal.
The predominantly instrumental rock project is the work of Wollongong-based Matt Weissel, who writes, records, mixes and masters all of his songs from the comfort of his own bedroom.
And the latest offering of Mathukey’s sound is the stunning Void, which was released on Sunday and sees Matt collaborate with British guitarist James Phillips.
Void opens up with jumpy, booming guitar riff that continues under a delicious little lick. More laid-back guitars come in alongside spoken vocals and gradually builds, before dropping into a mellow guitar solo that increases in pace and intensity.
The spoken vocals breifly return before giving way to the opening jumpy riff and a meandering guitar lick over a spacey backdrop. A huge guitar solo suddenly takes over with a huge instrumental support then drops into a heavy darting riff over pounding drums.
The pace drops down then feeds into a more laid-back guitar solo, and the track gradually builds up in heaviness towards the jumpy riff. It’s a delicious track, and you can check it out in the guitar playthrough below:
Mathykey’s music is packed with delicious riffing and plenty of equally good guitar solos, so go and give it a listen. And, while you do that, have a read of our chat with Matt to find out a little more. Read on below:
GR: Who is Mathukey?
MW: “Mathukey is a solo project where I write, record, produce, mix and master all my songs from my laptop in my bedroom. With exception to the occasional guest appearance, in this case being guitarist James Phillips from the UK for the track Void.
“I am from Wollongong, N.S.W, Australia and I’ve been playing guitar since I was 11, recording since I was 15 (I’m currently 25) and have been in a bunch of bands through the years. However, Mathukey has been around since 2017. The reason it’s a solo project is because I really only have to answer myself which can be both a good thing and a bad thing… and I’m also a mild introvert (and by ‘mild’ I mean ‘big’).”
GR: You just released Void. What should people be expecting from the song?
MW: “What people can expect from Void is fat sounding guitars, some killer solos (if I do say so myself), big riffs and a lot of time signature changes.
“Honestly it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly inspired this track. Though I do know I wanted to create something with a slightly different tone compared to what I normally would write while still sounding familiar.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
MW: “My sound has changed from my first two EPs, The Space Between and Familiar Daydreams to my new track Void as I’m constantly looking to create different things. But the common thread between everything would be guitar driven songs, lots of synths with a splash of ambience. I’ve also noticed that most of my releases have some kind of spoken word in there, so I guess that too.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
MW: “Sometimes I try to write music that reflects what I’m feeling at that moment and sometimes I just want to write a song with a specific goal in mind. These goals can be anything from writing a song with a specific instrument in mind or writing with a specific feeling in mind.
“However, I always want to tell a story with my music. Given that my music is instrumental, the story isn’t clear from the outset (this is by design), but, my hope is that people who listen will imprint their own subjective story or experience to the track.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
MW: “There’s too many to name in detail here, but I’d have say David Maxim Micic is probably my biggest influence at the moment. His compositions are super interesting, the guitar tones he gets are massive and his use of unexpected instruments is always a treat to listen to. He’s also a bedroom musician like myself and it just shows that anything is possible as long as you have a computer and an instrument.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
MW: “Definitely some new music and recording is on the cards for 2020, In fact I’m already working on my next single! Although I’m yet to take Mathukey live. So far this project has been an online only endeavour so it’d be great to bring it to the stage soon. Seeing that I’m a solo act there’s a lot of work that needs to be done to make that happen, but I’m definitely not ruling it out.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
MW: “If people like what they hear I also have two EP’s available to stream, the most recent being Familiar Daydreams from 2019. Otherwise, anyone is welcome slide into my DMs and let me know what they think of Void. I know I said I’m a ‘mild introvert’ but I’d love to hear from people think of the track!”