Dwelling Lightheartedly In The Futility Of Everything

“…wending, curled tones, skewing into capricious melodies over clasping, punchy percussion and the syrupy, soulful voice of Daher, itself given an ethereal quaver… It’s like a musical mobius strip, syncing together space-lounge jazz and electro-R&B” — Jeff Milo, Deep Cutz [[Uncutz]]

“Put simply, anyone wishing to make an argument on Daher’s behalf as a composer and sound designer of exceptional promise and sensitivity need look no further…” — Textura Magazine

Dwelling Lightheartedly In The Futility Of Everything is both a 5 track self-produced EP and a multimedia production that features work and performances from Detroit video and movement artists built around the music of the release.

Dwelling Lightheartedly… is the culmination of 4 years of explorations in groove-driven songwriting and production guided by electroacoustic gesture and manipulation; ambient, noise, and post-rock sensibilities are woven into cerebral and emotive compositions inspired by artists such as Georgia Anne Muldrow, J Dilla, and Bjork. The tracks feature collaborations with and performances by vocalists Emma Frank and Corinna Rose (Montreal), and instrumentalists Simon Millerd (Montreal), Grace Rodgers, Natalie Frakes, Patrick Behnke, and Dave Haughey (Detroit).

Matt Cyclicity Heart StillStill from Natasha Beste’s video for “Cyclicity”

The multimedia production features work from Detroit video artists Kevin Eckert, Costa Sirdenis, Goran Butorac, Maggie Piellusch, Alex Pavlov, Natasha Beste, and Christina DeRoos, and movement artists Rachael Ahn Harbert, Lisa LaMarre, Marianne Brass, Rena Hertrich, Angela Sutcliffe, and Shanice Rollins. It explores themes addressed in the compositions: infinite regress, meditation, chronic anxiety, and the volatility of romantic emotional entanglement. Dwelling Lightheartedly… premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) on Februrary 13th, 2015 as part of their “Detroit Stages” series.

Matthew Daher -“Hanging Over Hanging On” Excerpt – Dwelling Lightheartedly In The Futility Of Everything Multimedia Performance from Matthew Daher on Vimeo.


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"Hanging Over Hanging On" - Movment by Rachael Ahn Harbert and Lisa LaMarre - Video by Costa Sirdenis and Tony Eggert - Live Video Feedback by Christina de Roos - Photo by Scott LipiecPhoto by Scott Lipiec

The album art for Dwelling Lightheartedly… is a collaboration with multimedia artists Thomas Bell and Taylor Schmidt. Paintings created by Bell under strict limitations are used as a backdrop for visual compositions using rusted and/or painted copper and steel shavings broken down by various methods by myself and Taylor Schmidt. The compositions themselves are transient, impermanent arrangements of materials unbounded to their backdrop. The images, captured photographically, are momentary abstract emotional landscapes – visual analogies for the transformation of textures that come into awareness when one becomes still and looks deeply into a moment of their experience.

Dwelling Lightheartedly In The Futility Of Everything EP was released on February 13th, 2015 in both in CD and digital formats. The EP can be purchased here:

The album is also available for purchase at Found Sound (Ferndale), Encore (Ann Arbor), Stormy Records (Dearborn), Street Corner Music (Oak Park), and Phonopolis (Montreal).