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Watch Matt Mays’ New July Talk-Directed Video for “Talking to The Sky”

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Matt Mays. (Photo: Devin McLean)

Matt Mays has shared a new video for the song “Talking to The Sky” from his latest album Dog City. The video is a collaboration between Matt and his friends Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk. Both Leah and Peter contributed vocals to the project. Watch it below.

Says Mays of the collaboration: “Leah and Peter are some of the most magical people I’ve ever met so when they approached me to make the video I was over the moon. The song (I hope) reflects all the mixed feelings we all have these days, and we wanted the video to evoke the same but introduce that glimmer of light at the end of the beach that everyone deserves to see again soon.”

The undisputed star of “Talking to the Sky” is Mays’ dog Rhuby, whose performance powerfully captures our collective feelings of confinement in 2020. She is truly a good dog.

When the world went into lockdown in March 2020, Mays took the opportunity to challenge himself as a songwriter, musician and producer. Dog City was written from the perspective of a rescue dog and recorded in a make-shift studio in Mays’ garage. Going one step further, he asked fans to choose a release date during one of his Mantle Music online concerts. May 17th was selected, and, in the wee hours of the morning, Mays uploaded Dog City to Bandcamp. In August, Sonic Records released the mastered version of the album to digital music services worldwide and the vinyl LP arrived in September.

As it turns out, Dog City is a triumph, showcasing Mays’ versatility as both a songwriter and performer (he even contributed tenor sax to “Talking to the Sky”) and reflecting his wide range of musical influences. Mays described the songs as “about pure freedom, love, contentment, companionship and all the stuff in between. I wrote every note and lyric over the last 6 weeks in confinement in my cold garage and a few other empty spaces. Except for the Stooges cover :-)”

While the album was produced in isolation, that doesn’t mean Mays was entirely without his buds. Long-time collaborators Tim Jim Baker (drums, percussion, programming) & Serge Samson (bass) contributed their parts from their home studios. More recent band mates Asa Brosius (pedal steel) and Melissa Payne (vocals) also sent parts via the wires. Leah Fay sang back-ups on “Talking to the Sky” while her July Talk bandmate Peter Dreimanis added his distinct voice to “Number Canine”. Kate Dyke added her vocals to “New Tricks” the day before Mays was to upload the finished album (because he wrote the song earlier that day).

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