At just 15, he lost his father, writer/poet/singer-songwriter Shel Silverstein. During his teenaged years, he also witnessed his mother struggle with alcoholism and, eventually, witnessed her recovery. As a young man and an adult, however, Matthew set out on his own self-directed path to heal from his adolescence.
He’s explored spirituality in many realms, including studying yoga, meditation, 12-step recovery, and sacred chant, among other paths. His solo debut, Surface Tension (A Tincture for Integrating Shadow), is a sonic portrait of Matthew from the formative years of 15-18, after his father’s death and during the depths of his mother’s struggle with alcoholism.
“In some ways, I feel as if I've spent the last 15 years healing from those few years,” Matthew says. “When you look at the shadow moments of life, you embrace your whole being, and then you can move through those painful