In January 2019, Matt had a seizure on stage, landing on and wrecking his acoustic guitar of 12 years. After a string of luthiers said they were unable to repair it, the people at Schoenberg Guitars fixed it, filling in the space between the shards of wood with a caramel-colored epoxy. Several friends noted the similarity between the repaired guitar and Kintsugi, the Japanese art form of mending broken pottery by filling the damaged areas with lacquer. This process reflected the guitar, the surgical reconstruction of his skull following a 2015 craniotomy, and the themes of destruction and rebirth found in the new music.
The album release is preceded by multiple singles including Voodoo Doll. Voodoo Doll dropped with an animated YouTube video created by Academy Award-nominated American cartoonist Bill Plympton.
American Songwriter and Jaffe discussed the meaning of his single “Cut Me Down The Middle”, his time spent working with Talking Heads’ Jerry Harrison, the meaning behind his fifth studio album, and working alongside Chuck Prophet on his experimental theatre production. He also discussed the meaning behind Enough Bad Luck with Glide Magazine last month. With over 2 million streams on Spotify, Matt is burning his way through the indie scene one brilliant song at a time.
Jaffe explained to Grateful Web the meaning behind his latest single, “Shape of Fear”, in which we can all relate to in one way or another. “Without me realizing it, fear has become a theme in my songs. Specifically fear of something unknown. I developed epilepsy in 2015, and the risk of seizures has developed into a shadowy menace, striking without warning or pattern. They are constantly looming but rarely visible. A phantom threat.”