The Scattered EP is OUT!

Matt Adler Scattered EP Cover

Check it friends. At long last, the Scattered EP is out. Grab it on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/scattered-ep/id1179419357) or any other major digital music outlet!

This EP has some of our favorite music ever. We are so excited we are finally able to share it with the world! Though it isn’t the original full length EP project that we initially intended, we are thrilled with it. And now we are afforded a special opportunity to pursue calling and really be intentional about creating corporate, vertical worship for the church. I am so excited about what that might look like. Some of those original worship songs are already written and being played at my church (University United Methodist). Keep your eyes peeled for that project. Though it’s in the early stages, it is already so meaningful in my life. Stay tuned!

Matt

A New Direction

Hi all! I know it’s been quiet over on the #ScatteredAlbum update front, but I promise it’s for good reason! I’ve spent days and weeks, even months just contemplating this record. Contemplating my musical future. Spending lots of time in prayer and meditation over it.

I love the music that we’ve been working on for this record. It’s got some of my favorite stuff we have ever done. But at the same time, I feel very much compelled to be present at my Worship Director role at University United Methodist and focus more on vertical worship for the church. It’s been tugging at my heart for a few months now (if by “tugging”, I mean bludgeoning with a 2×4 with a nail in it).

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It’s not about Matt Adler Music. It never should’ve been about Matt Adler. It’s about the glory of the Lord – telling HIS story and not my own. I want to write music for the church. Music that brings people closer to God, into His presence, and makes Him more that I become less. I want to make music that exists for the body of Christ; maybe songs that I don’t ever get to sing. And that’s okay.

So what about the #ScatteredAlbum? It’s becoming the Scattered EP! We have a few songs completed, or nearly completed (The Road, Enjoy the Silence, Scattered, and On My Way To You). These are four of my favorite songs ever, and we’ve been playing most of them live for awhile now! These will be completed and released as soon as possible. And we will still play more of these singer/songwriter shows as they come up, so don’t worry! But my primary focus and the desire of my heart for the foreseeable future will be writing and recording songs for The U Worship Collective.

The Collective is a group of musicians that I am blessed to serve with and do life with. They are the rotation of musicians I am privileged to play with every Sunday at University United Methodist (The U). They are also my best buds in the Matt Adler Band. They are the people I call if I need a duo or trio to play a worship night or other event. I will be on my honeymoon in June and The Collective will still be leading worship at University! I just won’t be there. I have been writing vertical worship songs for the church and we will be assembling them into a recording called “Service Music”. I am so super excited for this project! There will be songs of praise, a song for Holy Communion, a Kyrie, an Our Father… Some of these songs exist already and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how they turned out! And I’m so pumped to arrange and record them, write more songs, and be creative with some of my favorite people in the world.

So there’s the update! I’m blessed that you’ve been on this musical journey with me. I’m excited about what God has in store!

-Matt

I Just Love This World Too Much… (Song Story #4)

“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
-Acts 1:11

Just like 2,000 years ago, we find ourselves in a space where we are waiting longingly for our savior. We are desperate. We are broken. And it is so against our nature to find a way to openly admit our weaknesses and needs. Sometimes we may not even recognize that we have them to begin with. I can speak from personal experience – I sometimes find myself complacent. And I sometimes find myself thinking I am completely satisfied and fulfilled by the distractions of this world.

I mean, things are great right?! Stuff! All the things! I have a car, and a house in a cool area of the city… And video games are awesome. And indie rock concerts. And Mexican food… Now please don’t get me wrong. I freaking LOVE Mexican food. And all those other things. But hear this: they could never bring me true joy. And they should not be what defines me, even though sometimes they are. I can only experience true joy in Christ Jesus and I should be totally and completely defined by my faith in Him. I am a child of God, one whose love I couldn’t earn. There is no greater love than a man lay down his life for his friends. And He pursued me unto death on a cross, so I could be reconciled to Him and have a personal relationship with Him. I love Jesus. Unabashedly and unashamedly so. Therefore, shouldn’t I be defined by the outpouring of love, service, and hospitality that flows through me as a result of my love for Jesus? With all this earthly “stuff” so readily available at my fingertips, it can be a struggle.

“King Jesus” is track 6 on the upcoming #ScatteredAlbum. It was written during Advent 2014 (actually the day after Advent 2014 ended. Dagnabbit! I had to wait a WHOLE YEAR to sing it at my church! Not really… but kinda) and is a declaration of my desperation for Jesus; an expression of my desire for Christ to return. It discusses the dichotomy in which I sometimes live my day-to-day: my hope is built on nothing less than Christ the Son, yet I sometimes just love this world too much. My prayer is that God keep my heart focused on what is right and true, and not the distractions of the flesh.

-Matt

“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
-1 Corinthians 11:26

Lyrics:

My hope is built on nothing less
than Christ the Son, His holiness
Grant that I may feel Your touch
I just love this world too much

Please come soon, soon, Emmanuel
Soon, soon, King Jesus deliver us

A stranger here, I feel alone
This world of flesh is not my home
Your calling, Lord, is greater still
I’ll live by Yours, and not my will

Please come soon, soon, Emmanuel
Soon, soon, King Jesus deliver us

Yours is the kingdom
Yours is the power
Yours is the glory forever

Waiting here expectantly
Your glory shine for all to see
Faith, hope, love, and charity
So all will see Your light in me

Please come soon, soon, Emmanuel
Soon, soon, Jesus
Please come soon, soon, Emmanuel
Soon, soon, King Jesus deliver us

Scattered Single Art-Design Story

Howdy do Madler Minions! (Should that be a thing? That prolly shouldn’t become a thing…)

So this is cool. As you may have seen, the title track from our upcoming #ScatteredAlbum is being released as a single via iTunes on February 9th! The lovely and illustrious Richard Tobin (previous album credits: Matt Adler – The Sound, Matt Adler – Rearranged, and probably projects for many other artists too… Ha!) has so graciously decided to do all the artwork for this single and the upcoming full length album. I couldn’t be more excited!

He sent me his final digital cover for the upcoming single and I just love it. This morning I received a proof, along with a description of his vision when designing the artwork. Here’s what Richard had to say…

“My thoughts after hearing your song were pretty immediate. The resolving lyric ‘Why do we gather when we should be scattered?’ was especially important for me to consider when forming the art direction.

Simply put, if the white space is everything and each of the dots represents an instance of humanity, then the inner square is a visualization of the answer to your question. What is the answer? That’s up to the listener. To me, it’s a powerful lyric and I hope my interpretation is in line with what you meant when you wrote it.

Aside from that, in terms of overall vibe and aesthetic, it leans more towards the indie illustration vein (but still modern) and I think it’s more effective that way. I originally saw more of the pop vibe you referenced but everything felt too obviously tied to the examples [you provided me] and I wanted your single to stand up on its own instead of following current design trends. It just felt more natural this way. I hope you dig it!”

-Richard Tobin
http://iamrichardtobin.tumblr.com

Matt Adler Scattered Single Cover

Click here to read the full song story for the Scattered single. It’s about a topic near and dear to my heart. Peace out peeps! Mark February 9th on your calendars!

-Matt