The Franklin Electric
Zermatt Unplugged, Zermatt
Life happens, and it lives on in music.
As such, The Franklin Electric reflect formative personal moments on a canvas of indie, folk, and alternative. The Montreal based collective founded and fronted by Jon Matte transforms experiences into anthems and has done so since emerging on the 2014 debut, "This Is How I Let You Down".
Logging nearly 400 shows, they canvased the world alongside everyone from Mumford & Sons and Ben Howard to Edward Sharpe and City and Colour. Along the way, 2017’s "Blue Ceilings" marked a major milestone. Not only did the record produce favorites such as “I Know The Feeling” and “Someone Just Like You,” but it also led to a nomination at the 2018 JUNO® awards in the category of “Breakthrough Group of the Year.” The latter experience set the stage for his next evolution.
In Vancouver for the ceremony, Jon identified an endless wellspring of inspiration from the mountains and landscapes of the Canadian West Coast. So, he holed up in Vancouver to write what would become the 2019 EP, In Your Head—and more forthcoming tunes.
During 2019, he took those ideas and images to several Vancouver studios such as Monarch Studios and the old Mushroom studios (famous for playing host to Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Led Zeppelin) – and cut the five tracks comprising "In Your Head". As a producer, Jon added electronics and programming from his home studio. Given the personal nature of his journey, he tried to translate normal and honest everyday feelings to songwriting.
“The lyrics are so personal it’s almost embarrassing,” he smiles. “I simplified everything and embraced those singer-songwriter elements. I let it happen. The more you are trying, the less you are obtaining spiritually. The point was to stop trying and just go inside. I didn’t have to search on the exterior.”
Fittingly, he introduces this chapter with the single “Made It Up In My Head.” Backed by a sparse, yet steady beat, hummable clean guitar entwines with his dusky delivery and catchy cadences as he asks, “Can you see what I’m thinking?”
“The theme of the EP is the balance between vulnerability and holding on,” he elaborates. “You can’t be so openminded you never stand up for anything. This theme sets the stage for a beautiful realization to happen.”
As Jon keeps living, The Franklin Electric’s music ultimately continues to connect on a deeper and deeper level.