Matthew Good

Dan Lilly

It's been only a few months since he released Live from Massey Hall on iTunes but Canadian singer and songwriter Matthew Good is currently recording his next record which will be called, Vancouver.

"It's a lot different than Hospital Music in which I had everything exactly the way I wanted it and it ended up translating exactly the same way onto the record," noted Good while in studio producing the new album. "Whereas with this record I had everything I wanted and some of the ideas with regards to sounds are changing once I'm getting in here, which is something that I planned on doing."

This will be Good's fourth solo (studio) album. His most recent, Hospital Music, soared to #1 on Canadian charts in August of 2007 while also conquering the online realm, topping, iTunes Canada, and the first single Born Losers was the #1 alternative song on iTunes USA.

With regards to the songs on Vancouver being about the city of Vancouver itself Good said, "Some of them are overtly about it, some of them more so my reflections on it or more of a personal introspection -- I've lived downtown for 18 years and I've watched the city change very dramatically."

Good spent the better part of 2006 through 2008 touring Canada and the United States, performing solo acoustic concerts as well a few legs with a full band. Having recently moved outside of Vancouver's downtown he is looking forward to his change of environment.

"I find that within the dichotomy of the city, especially within the downtown core and its neighbourhoods, there's just not a lot of realism within the people - not as much as there used to be. I'm in no way trying to be disparaging about all Vancouverites, I'm just saying that in my experience I've noticed that, that it's just changed a lot."

Song titles were released late last year on Good's website and with tracks like The Vancouver National Anthem and Empty's Theme Park the title and theme will definitely flow throughout the entire release.

GUEST BLOGGER: Rebecca Bollwitt has been blogging about Vancouver since 2004 on, co-hosting two podcasts since 2005 and in 2008 she co-founded sixty4media, a social media consulting firm.

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