MATT GOSS TOP 10 UK ALBUM
British singer, songwriter and music legend, Matt Goss shares his new album ‘The Beautiful Unknown’, which is released globally today [25th March 2022].
‘The Beautiful Unknown’ sees Matt return to his pop roots, and he’s already given fans a glimpse into his latest body of work on recent releases Somewhere To Fall’, ‘Saved’ and ‘Better With You’.
The album was written largely in the middle of the global pandemic, but it took six months for the realisation to eventually push Goss back to his first love: songwriting. This exciting next chapter sees Goss baring his soul for the world to see as well as emerging from a turbulent couple of years stronger, more determined than ever before.
Early on Matt had a title for this new collection of songs that were pouring out of him – ‘The Beautiful Unknown ‘came from the poetry Goss likes to write away from his musical projects. Explaining the phrase, he says: “We have been conditioned to fear tomorrow, to fear next week, to be fearful of next year because there is this unknown energy around all of us – no time more than now. I’ve been through the ringer during Covid, betrayed by some people, uplifted by others, so,’ The Beautiful Unknown’ is a request to people to come along with this philosophy that tomorrow is going to be a good day and a good place.”
Produced at the iconic Record Plant in LA, with additional recording in Nashville, ‘The Beautiful Unknown’ is the album Matt Goss needed to make now.
“I wrote the song ‘Shipwreck’ at 3am. It’s about not wanting to give up, about feeling broken, the analogy of a shipwreck underwater, the image of everything being slowly dismantled by the tide. And I kept writing the next night, and then I called Babyface. As he is such a wonderful human being, he said he loved it and that I should come to his studio in LA and record it.”
That note of encouragement from Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, one of the all-time great producers, un-stoppered a new burst of creativity for Matt Goss. He also began collaborating with Jacob Bunton, the Emmy-winning songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s worked with everyone from Mariah Carey to Steven Tyler, Smokey Robinson to Akon.
‘The Beautiful Unknown’ includes catchy curtain-opener ‘Somewhere To Fall’, which is a song about finding a safe place to rest our strength. There’s more melodically delivered messaging in ‘Feelin High’, a dance track with an emphatic rhythmic punch. Elsewhere, on ‘Saved’, Goss channels one of his Eighties peers, the late, great George Michael. “You broke my heart but saved my life” is a bold statement that leads the chorus and one that Matt swears by. ’Saved’ proves Goss is back to doing what he does best; writing charismatic powerful pop songs like no one else.
The songwriter’s deep experiences in the music industry, from the giddy highs of Eighties fame to the demands of entertaining thrill-seekers week in, week out in one of the planet’s great entertainment centres, are also evident on powerpop anthem ‘Better With You’. Goss’ lyrical and vocal inventiveness runs riot on ‘Makin’ It Rain’. His vocals on this delicious slowjam are beautifully layered and stacked, elevating a lyric about emotional connection in a time of isolation. Finally, smoothly closing things out is ‘Landslide’. Goss’ classy Fleetwood Mac cover speaks to the daring, feeling and intuitive love of music that have characterised his career.
“I haven’t heard many men tackle that song,” he comments, “and it’s a song I’ve always loved – especially that line ‘and I’m getting older too’. That’s always hurt my heart and made my stomach turn over, because it’s so beautiful. So, I wanted to have it closing out the record, to show respect to Stevie Nicks.”
After 10 years, thousands of shows and hundreds of thousands of happy concertgoers, the British musical legend is looking forward to working and performing in the UK, the place that rocket-powered the teenage Goss to the top of the charts, cultural phenomenon status and a headline gig at Wembley Stadium – a feat that made him the youngest male ever to headline the legendary venue, a record he still holds today.
“I want to go back to my people and to my world,” he concludes. “I had to get back to pop. I’m so happy to say I’ve fallen back in love with the power of pop music, and there’s no hiding that on this record.”