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Matt Rock has all but erased his public identity. Three years ago, he cut himself free of most of what tethered him to others, both professionally and personally. He shut himself into his South London home and began living life largely as a recluse. The solidarity was not a way to shun the world, however, but a means of connecting with his own authentic self.
Those years of nigh solitude were not spent in waste, either. Rock used the time to channel his newly emerging identity into the self-produced songs that would eventually make up his debut LP, Get Blank. Due out October 16th, the once-reclusive artist is now ready to share himself and his work with the world.
The first track Rock wrote for the new album, “Gimme a Sign” represents “the moment I decided to stop and query everything that was going on around me,” he tells Consequence of Sound. “Although I don’t necessarily believe in god, I’m trying to tap into a higher source spiritually to give me the answers to the fundamental issues in my life. Am I going in the right direction? Do my relationships hold real meaning? Is kindness or self importance the best way to be? I think all of us have these sort of moments at some stage, and its up to us whether we address or ignore them.”
Here, Rock addresses those inquiries with a series of back and forth claps that pop across the track like those sudden roadblocks that so often drop before us in life. At the same time, they keep everything moving forward to the hosanna of a hook, a neo-gospel laying of vocals and fuzzed out guitar appealing, “Oh Lord, gimme a sign!” All along, Rock begs answers to questions both simple (“Should I turn left or right?”) and profound (“How is success defined?”).
Take a listen below.