Listen: Ard Matthews’ long-awaited solo album, 'Impossible Machines', released

Listen: Ard Matthews’ long-awaited solo album, 'Impossible Machines', released

After a teasing build-up and the pre-release of the album’s first track, the wait for Ard Matthews’ new solo album, Impossible Machines, is finally over. 

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The album’s title track, also named Impossible Machines, was released in May 2018 where it quickly climbed to the top of the charts. Since then it has enjoyed chart success on national and regional radio stations, including East Coast Radio.

Prior to the album’s full release, Ard has teased fans by releasing four new sneak previews from the album, including Justify It, which is also charting on regional radio. 

“It’s amazing to be back on the charts and on high rotation again,” says Ard. “As an artist, it never gets old and the compliment is never lost on me.” 

Read: Fans to enjoy pre-release of Ard Matthews' hit, 'Impossible Machines'

In his new solo album, Impossible Machines, Ard offers listeners a mix of pop, indie and dance elements with a strong electronic influence, which is something of a departure from the rock sound that propelled him and the legendary SA band, Just Jinjer, for which he was the frontman, to fame. 

However, Ard has not forgotten his roots. The next single from the album, Shoulda Stayed, is a passionate power ballad, reminiscent of some of his earlier hits, most notably Shallow Waters. Written and recorded in a single day, Shoulda Stayed is “one of those once-in-a-lifetime songs that just happened upon me,” says Ard. “And I’m so grateful it did.” 

Proficient on guitar, piano and drums, Ard plays all the instruments on Impossible Machines, which he wrote, performed, recorded and produced from the converted dungeon of the Scottish Castle in Hout Bay he calls home - and which was recently featured on Top Billing

'Impossible Machines' is currently at number 31 on the Coca-Cola Top 40 with Carol and Ricky

Watch the Impossible Machines music video below:

Download the album now on iTunes here.

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