Avasa & Matthew Love
Welcome to a junction of our hearts expression. We wish to live in a world that is guided by love, filled with pure thoughts...
Release Date February 24, 2015
Four years since the release of their debut recording Love is King, Love is Queen, Avasa & Matthew Love are pleased to announce their second album, The Road, an epic soundtrack for the hero’s journey.
Blending inspiration from various cultural traditions, the album’s instrumentation centers around the acoustic guitar and harmonium played by Avasa and Matthew; orchestral strings composed by Robin Livingston with additional solos by Steve Gardner; flute from Todd Boston (who has played with Snatam Kaur and Simrit Kaur); tabla by Benjy Wertheimer and percussion from Gabriel Harris (the son of Joan Baez). The album travels through varied etheric atmospheres, with celebratory melodic chants that inspire your feet to dance, distinct devotional ballads, Sanskrit mantra and lullabies of light.
Avasa and Matthew’s sound is a relaxed, tuneful blend of world, pop and their own unique devotional soul music, with anthemic aspects to many songs that are greatly enhanced by the duo’s distinctively rich vocal chemistry. Their stylistic influences are diverse, ranging from James Taylor and India Arie to Bob Marley and Tracy Chapman. They currently cite Beethoven, Carlos Nakai, Deva Premal & Miten, and Krishna Das as inspirations.
As husband and wife, Avasa and Matthew also share a deep commitment to serve God and humanity through their creative gifts, cultivating inner peace through music that uplifts the heart and restores the spirit. Their strong, evocative voices blend compellingly as they share the intimate, organic compositions that they’ve co-created in the simple peace of their Los Angeles home. They share songwriting credits, writing both independently and together always with the clear goal of creating music that nourishes the soul and inspires each listener to find “the road” to one’s guiding moral compass in life.
What they create is toe-tapping, heart-opening, incredibly catchy music that sticks with you, reassures you, and makes it hard indeed not to dance and sing along.
In the fall of 2008, Avasa and Matty first connected while Avasa was waitressing at Cafe Gratitude in northern California. It was an instantaneous recognition of love, and soon after discovered they shared a devotion to music. The two have been one ever since.
They married October 2, 2010, at ‘Love Field’ (the land upon which Matty was raised), and two weeks later released their first EP LOVE IS KING - LOVE IS QUEEN, produced by Robin Livingston.
As husband and wife, they walk a path of deep commitment to serve God and humanity through music. They find great joy and purpose in experiencing divine love, cultivating inner peace and making music that uplifts the heart and heals the soul.
Their music is an inspiring blend of world pop and devotional soul sound with unique anthemic coloring in each song, that is especially highlighted by the gifts of their voice, known to touch the heart of the listener. Avasa and Matty have rich, evocative and soulful voices that beautifully weave together in every lyric, offering the listener a transcendent experience of divine union.
Avasa and Matty have shared the stage with numerous artists such as: Jason Mraz, Ben Lee, MC Yogi, The Makepeace Brothers, The Raining Jane, The Luminaries, Luc and The Lovingtons, Parker Ainsworth, Jessie Payo, Me & Mr. Cassidy, Alex Cigolini, Ryan Dilmore, Sarah Englehart, among others.
Avasa and Matty Love currently reside in Los Angeles, California, and are in the midst of recording their second album THE ROAD due to be released in 2015.
The song "Listen" has a Brazilian tropicalia feel with the "pandero," or skin drum tambourine.
"What If" (remix) features an inspiring rap by MC Yogi: "What if love could save the planet!" Matty has a soulful R & B feel to her voice and phrasing.
All ten songs clock in around five minutes. As husband and wife, Avasa & Matty present themselves as a king and queen. Walking the path of bhakti at each juncture, they show us how love can manifest and flow.
-Debi Buzil, Yoga Chicago, September 2013