First Listen: Dylan Matthew acoustically reconfigures his Tritonal and Au5 tie-up, ‘Happy Where We Are’82882351 2507982246117444 1496240342617338696 N E1606710655124

First Listen: Dylan Matthew acoustically reconfigures his Tritonal and Au5 tie-up, ‘Happy Where We Are’

Over the past two years, acoustic reconfigurations of dance originals have become a staple of Dylan Matthew‘s sonic playbook, and though the concept of converting an electronic track to an acoustic format isn’t unfamiliar to the dance space, Matthew has been a driving force of its appeal. From 2019 onward, Matthew, Dancing Astronaut‘s first-ever Supernova, has disseminated acoustic renditions of “First Time,” “Another Me,” and “Love Is Gone.” Fortunately, the story doesn’t stop there.

For his first official release of 2021, the California-grounded singer-songwriter can be found flexing his vocal range on an acoustic follow-up to the November 2020 issue of “Happy Where We Are” with Tritonal and Au5.

Matthew told Dancing Astronaut,

“The desire to do an acoustic version of ‘Happy Where We Are’ came while I was working on the demo. The message behind the song is especially important to me and I think most people can really connect to it in a major way. It meant a lot to me to be able to showcase the lyrics in a more intimate manner because the song is an incredibly emotional one.”

Trading Tritonal and Au5’s bass-driven production for minimalistic yet emotively uncompromising piano notes, the acoustic adaption underscores the affective power of Matthew’s vocals, which—true to the tradition that Matthew has established with his past three acoustic renderings—seems only to amplify on this stripped-down take.

Featured image: Emma Paige

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