Thursday, January 8, 2015

Rock band Matyas & the Hybrid Mind release new EP 'The Mornings'

The crew of rockers from Hungary known as Matyas and the Hybrid Mind have released their new EP record, “The Mornings.” The record has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Usually billed as pop rock but equally accessible to fans of alternative jazz or even adult contemporary music, “The Mornings” by Matyas and the Hybrid Mind is a piano-driven pop record of a quality one doesn't hear often.

Hybrid Mind bandleader Matyas Bacsó is a Hungarian-born, classically-trained, award-winning pianist, singer, songwriter and composer. He cites as main artistic influences fellow pianist and composer from Hungary, Péter Máté, as well as jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, and Oscar Peterson. He names composers like Bach, Beethoven, Bartók, Strauss, and Gershwin, and rounds out his favorites with pop legends: Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Beatles, Billy Joel, Abba, Queen, Stevie Wonder…

As this list might suggest, “The Mornings” by Matyas and the Hybrid Mind is a synergy of moods, modes and tones. The early work of Elvis Costello comes to mind, as well as the best piano music by Joe Jackson. Nothing like it is currently being produced anywhere in the world.

“As far as I remember I always wanted to be a pianist,” Matyas writes of his start in music. “When I was seven I started learning to play the piano. Very soon after I was already composing my first pieces. A few years later I got into singing and very much enjoyed that I could accompany myself on the piano.”

Particularly notable about “The Mornings” is that it contains two bonus tracks written in the songwriter's native Hungarian. Even more interesting is that the EP represents his first collection of songs written in English, and certainly the listener could never suspect it.

But what of 'the Hybrid Mind?'

“The name 'Hybrid Mind' comes from Matyas' dilemma of not wanting to limit himself to a particular genre,” the band writes. “As he describes it, 'When I had to play classical music I wanted to play popular music. When I played popular music I was hoping get into jazz, and after I got into jazz I started to miss classical music.' Eventually he realized that he is a 'hybrid mind,' and in his music he is combining elements of various genres: pop-rock, jazz, funk, R&B, instrumental and classical music.”

Founded in 2013, Matyas and the Hybrid Mind are based in Colchester, UK. The band members met at the Colchester Institute where they were working towards their degree in music. They became friends, then band mates. Matyas writes their material and collaborates lyrically with member Peter Scott-Presland, an accomplished lyricist from London.

“The Mornings” by Matyas and the Hybrid Mind is available online worldwide. Get in early.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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