Breakout UK-based singer-songwriter and guitarist George Ezra makes his return with “Don’t Matter Now,” his first musical offering since the release of his beloved debut album Wanted On Voyage in 2014, which featured US platinum single “Budapest”. The upbeat single, which premiered in the US on SiriusXM’s The Spectrum, the channel which first championed George as a Spectrum Certified Artist in 2014, is available for stream and purchase at all digital sales providers.
Known for his cheeky sense of humor, George has also released the freewheeling, technicolor video for “Don’t Matter Now.” Directed by Marc Oller and filmed on location in Barcelona, the video co-stars George alongside Mary the dog.
“I wrote ‘Don’t Matter Now’ to remind myself, primarily, that it’s okay to want to take yourself away from situations from time to time,” says Ezra. “It was one of the first new songs I wrote after Wanted On Voyage, all the way back in sunny 2015. Events from back then can seem quite trivial at this point, but the song has made more sense to me as time has gone on. In time I realized that it wasn’t just me that was suffering from anxiety, it wasn’t just me that was confused, and that there’s no harm in not always understanding what’s going on in the world around you.”
Wanted On Voyage was last month certified 4x platinum in the UK, and was amongst the top 10 biggest selling artist albums in England in both 2014 and 2015, reaching #1 in the Official UK Chart and spending 122 weeks in the chart overall. In little more than 18 months Ezra went from virtual unknown to an international breakthrough artist with accolades including taking in a top 10 album in 10 countries; three sold out UK tours; nominations for four BRITs, one BBC Music Award and an Ivor Novello as well as a performance on Saturday Night Live and key festival performances at Coachella and Lollapalooza.
Since finishing the extensive Wanted on Voyage tour which had him performing sold out shows across multiple countries, Ezra has kept a low profile, focusing on writing and recording. He resurfaced last month for a sold out, tongue-in-cheek-titled ‘TOP SECRET Tour,’ a two week run of intimate venues around the UK and Ireland that kicked off in Belfast on May 26 and wrapped up with a performance at Bath Forum on June 7, swiftly followed by performances at Wild Life, Parklife and the Isle of Wight Festival last weekend. He returns to Glastonbury Festival later this month, and will play select European festivals throughout the summer, as well as Lollapalooza in August. Visit georgeezra.com for the full list of dates.