Today’s excellent Track of the Day is ‘You Won’t Remind It’ which is taken from ‘Gambles‘ new EP entitled ‘I Can’t Keep Still When It Comes To You’, out on the 28th April via GMBLS.
Matthew Daniel Siskin began writing songs as ‘Gambles’ in August 2012. The first song he released publicly, “Trust”, was sang in a single take at the ‘Rare Book Room‘ with no words written, a song that Pitchfork somehow found a few weeks later and presented to the world. Gambles later returned to the ‘Rare Book Room’ to record the ‘Far From Your Arms’ EP and his debut LP ‘Trust’ via his own imprint GMBLS. Now, only 7 months removed from the release of ‘Trust’, ‘Gambles‘ has readied a new four song EP entitled ‘I Can’t Keep Still When It Comes To You’.
“I can’t actually keep still, although the title has nothing to do with me“, Matthew tells us from his home recording studio he’s been building piece by piece. “I’m really fortunate that my best friends are both producers, angels basically – an older brother, a younger brother – there to guide me“.
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Matthew is speaking of Nicolas Vernhes (the older brother, and owner of the ‘Rare Book Room’) and BOOTS (the younger of the two – writer + producer to Beyoncé amongst a handful of other projects) – both of whom left their clear fingerprints on the new EP.
“I knew I couldn’t just do what I had already done. Not because it was expected of me, but because, I needed new colors – had cravings. I wanted more sound, I wanted to challenge what I was and what I was doing. I’m also in a very different place than when TRUST happened.”
“A lot of this scared the shit out of me, I felt surrounded by so much talent, making all these records – and I suddenly realized all I knew was my acoustic guitar and a single mic and my apartment. I wanted to be rescued, picked up, shown where the magic buttons were that other people had…”
As best friends tend to do, nobody came to the rescue. Instead, BOOTS began pushing Matthew to simply record himself, at home, as he had been – but this time using keyboards. Over the span of a few weeks new songs came together. “You Won’t Remind It was basically me and an old keyboard, playing drums back from my computer through my speakers while recording that from my iPhone. You can hear the tiny shift on my knee. When BOOTS mixed the song, he found these hidden moments, little sonic textures – he’s a fucking painter. I love my friends dearly.”
‘I Can’t Keep Still When It Comes To You’ will see it’s worldwide digital release via Gamble’s own GMBLS Imprint (through Secretly Canadian) on April 28th. ‘Gambles’ will also embark on a month of shows across North America and Canada, followed by a long stretch across the UK and Europe through May.
The track-listing for the ‘I Can’t Keep Still When It Comes To You’ EP is as follows…
1.You Won’t Remind It
Gambles tour dates are as follows…
April: U.S. with Jessica Lea Mayfield
04/22 @ Club Café – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
04/23 @ Garrison – Toronto, Ontario
04/24 @ Divan Orange – Montreal, Canada
04/25 @ Middle East Upstairs – Boston, Massachusetts
04/26 @ Rough Trade – Brooklyn, New York
04/28 @ Mercury Lounge – New York, New York
04/29 @ Johnny Brendas – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
04/30 @ Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
May: EU festival and headline dates
05/02 @ Liverpool sound city Festival – Liverpool, UK
05/03 @ Live at Leeds Festival – Leeds, UK
05/04 – Manchester, UK @ The Castle
05/07@ Communion Music Presents Gambles – The Miller – London, UK
05/08 @ The Great Escape Festival – Brighton, UK
05/10 @ London Calling Festival – Amsterdam, NL
05/11 @ Bedroom Disco – Darmstadt, DE
05/16 @ Les Nuits Botanique (Grand Salon) – Brussels, BE
05/17@ L’International – Paris, FR