Big Search is the ever-present alter ego of Matt Popieluch as he continues to make his way through Californian life, channeling the cross-currents of romance, upheaval, and casual adventure. Today, he shares the video for the first single, “Can’t Understand The News” off his new album Life Dollars. The album will be released via Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records on August 19, 2016. The initial run of LPs will include translucent gold vinyl.
The “Can’t Understand The News” video premiered at Flood today, who aptly described, “he wanders the California landscape over a jangle-crush guitar line that at first recalls R.E.M. at their most optimistic before a little of Kurt Vile’s stoned shade blows.” Stereogum previously called the song “an overwhelming sense of atmospheric melancholia laced with beautiful vocal harmonies and dreamy guitars.” The track is currently available at digital platforms. (Spotify and iTunes).
Big Search will be touring through the end of the year, with new dates already announced.
8/14 – Los Angeles, CA — The Echo w/ Cairo Gang
8/26 — Los Angeles — Theater at the Ace Hotel w/ Beach House
9/16 — San Diego, CA — Casbah w/ Cass McCombs
9/17 — Phoenix, AZ — Valley Bar w/ Cass McCombs
9/19 — Austin, TX — The Parish w/ Cass McCombs
9/20 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall Upstairs w/ Cass McCombs
9/21 — Dallas, TX — Three Links w/ Cass McCombs
9/23 — Denver, CO — Larimer Lounge w/ Cass McCombs
9/24 — Salt Lake City, UT — Urban Lounge w/ Cass McCombs
10/12 — Palm Springs — Ace Hotel and Swim Club Desert Daze Kick Off Week
10/13 — Los Angeles — The Echo w/ Ryley Walker, Circuit De Yeaux
After over a decade of making music in various bands like Foreign Born and The Cave-Ins, and assisting in bands Papercuts, Fools Gold, Glasser, Cass McCombs, Taken By Trees and Sky Ferreira, Big Search has been steadily uncovering the music being revealed to him in flow-states. After two albums and a number of singles, “Please Do Not Explain” was included on the compilation 30th Century Records Volume I from Danger Mouse’s new imprint 30th Century Records.
Life Dollars was recorded during two five days periods in Los Angeles with producer Rob Barbato (Kevin Morby, Bleached). The sessions were squeezed in between Matt’s tour dates while he was working as a hired guitar player, and recorded live with Dan Iead on guitar, Garrett Ray on drums and Rob Barbato doubling on bass. The majority of the songs here were written at the beginning of an international romance-turned-marriage that has since ended, giving the songs dual natures. As a result, the music embodies longing, idealism, uncertainty, isolation, and emotional gambling on a bed of drifting escapism. The arrangements were inspired by the time Matt and Dan Iead toured as a duo through New England a few autumns ago. In a minimal rental car, surviving on pizza and a hacky sack, they developed the 12 string acoustic – electric guitar combination that would become the core of the record. Add a rhythm section, harmonies, synthesizers, vibes, and a few woodwinds and you’ve got all you need to rake in some Life Dollars.