All We Are

by Mattie Safer

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In a brave new world where we consume and dispose of music at such a rapid rate, versatility is crucial for musicians of the 21 st century. This is a path that Mattie Safer knows very well. A Washington, DC-reared, jazz school dropout who came into his own in New York City as bassist of indie dance band The Rapture, Mattie Safer is a singer, songwriter and producer with a unique r&b/soul sensibility.

During his time with The Rapture, Safer had the opportunity to tour the world with Daft Punk and work with esteemed music producers, including Timbaland, Danger Mouse and influential British producer, Paul Epworth. This choice meeting with Epworth would eventually lead to a solo deal in 2011 with Wolf Tone Records after his departure from the band in 2009, unveiling a more refined musical style from Safer.

Influenced musically by soul greats of the past and present including the likes of The Impressions, The Soul Stirrers, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige, Lauryn Hill, and D'Angelo, Safer makes soul music. Classic American songwriting refracted through a Hip Hop sensibility; an Impressions record produced by J Dilla. Although his deal with Wolf Tone did not stand the test of time, Safer credits Epworth with encouraging him to find his sound and make timeless music that he loves and is proud of.

In the summer of 2015 Safer took a leap of faith, moving cross-country to Los Angeles to embark upon a new chapter of his life as an independent artist. His time at Wolf Tone created the framework for his solo debut, All We Are, released independently in May of 2016. The 5-song EP features honest songwriting “about love and spiritual growth” pairing velvety vocals with stripped-down R&B production, offering a breath of fresh air in a predominantly electronic soundscape.

Says Safer of the project, “This is a record about growing and growing up, me looking in the mirror and encouraging myself to keep going. If any of that speaks to others people’s experiences then I've done good work. If I can share through music and help other people, that's wonderful.”

Debut single “Whenever You're Ready” is a proper introduction to Safer’s
musicality. Recorded in the London studio of Paul Epworth featuring production reminiscent of the late Marvin Gaye, “Whenever You’re Ready” is a song about devotion, unraveling the vulnerability of a man who would go to lengths to love a woman who’s been hurt, and is scared to love. Conversely “Sea Change” is quite mellow production-wise, and looks inward, delving into the depths of darkness and pain to find light and hope in days to come."

Safer is bi-coastal and continues to write, record, and perform live shows in New York and Los Angeles.

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released May 27, 2016

Produced, Written & Arranged by Mattie Safer
Co-Produced by Connor Hanwick

Recorded at Mercy Sound Studios (NYC), Midnight Sun (Brooklyn), Wolftone Studio (London)
Engineered by Nick Miller, W. Andrew Raposo, Morgan Wiley, Connor Hanwick, Matt Wiggins
Mixed by Tyler Scott & Nick Miller
Mastered by Dale Becker

Vocals/Background Vocals: Mattie Safer, Méka Brown
Drums/Percussion: Charles Norris III (except "Whenever You're Ready": Leo Taylor)
Bass: Kenji Tokunaga (except "Whenever You're Ready”: Mattie Safer)
Keyboards: Andre Chez Lewis, Andrew Fisher, Morgan Wiley, Mattie Safer (except "Whenever You're Ready”: Nikolaj Torp)
Guitar on "Wherever I Go" & “Until The Day I Die”: Victor Song
Strings on "All We Are": Performed and Arranged by Queen Rose

*Except “Sea Change” written by Mattie Safer & Dominic Betmead

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LA/NYC. Singer, songwriter, producer. A bit of grit and a touch of class. Former member of The Rapture.

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Track Name: Whenever You're Ready
She said "slow down, you're moving way too fast for me
Just cool out and let me catch my breath, you see it's crazy
It ain't that I'm not feeling this but I just left a relationship and I don't wanna get hurt again"

I said "baby, I ain't trying to rush you cuz this feeling is more than just a crush
Let's take it easy… We'll take it nice and slow
Let's take a moment and I hope we'll get to know each other better, cuz

In a world full of anger and hate you're the one that has given me faith
That despite all the problems I see, the world is a beautiful place
Take a moment and make up your mind, cuz it's only a matter of time
See to me we are destined to be, can't you see it'll be so sublime?

However you want it, However you need it, whenever you're ready girl
I am going to love you just the best way that I can
And even if it takes my whole life I'm gonna find a way to be your man
Yes I am going to love you just the best way that I can (the best I can, the best I can)

So just take all the time that you need I can see how the hurt and the pain that you feel got you twisted and tied
But remember that love can renew and restore and replace all the bitter resentment you feeling inside (with something deeper baby)

Cuz in a world full of anger and hate you're the one that has given me faith
That despite all the problems I see, the world is a beautiful place
Take a moment and make up your mind, but it's only a matter of time
See to me we are destined to be, can't you see it'll be so sublime?

However you want it, however you need it, whenever you're ready darling
I’m going to love you just the best way that I can
And even if it takes my whole life, I'm gonna find a way to be your man
Yes, I am going to love you just the best way that I can (The best I can, yeah the best I can)

Baby I’m going to love you, baby I’m going to need you
I promise that I'm thinking of you darling, I promise I'll never leave you
I promise that I'll be faithful and I promise I'll be true
And that's the kind of promise that ain’t hard to keep because I really wanna be with you

However you want it.
Track Name: Wherever I Go
Love, never gave a second glance, always taken it for granted
Wherever I go I fall in
Love, you're the only one for me, never thought I'd fall so deep
Wherever I go I fall in
Love

All the happiness you bring, you are my one my everything
Wherever I go I fall in love

Love, wherever I go I walk with you, you're at the heart of whatl I do
And when we're apart I find that sooner or later I am anticipating her

Love, it's a game for fools to play, well you can fool me any day
Wherever I go I fall in
Love, you're the one that fills me through, gives me strength to wake anew
Wherever I go I fall in love


Love, wherever I go I walk with you, you're at the heart of what I do
I promise you I am here to stay
Love, wherever I go you're by my side, deep in my heart, my joy and pride
And when we're apart I find that sooner or later I am anticipating her

Love, every second every day
Every moment, every way
It's just one thing I can say
Wherever I go I fall in love
Track Name: All We Are
Tell me did you feel it, something in the atmosphere
Something come between us, something to remind us
Maybe to protect us, hopefully prevent us
From making the mistake that we'd both like to make

City is the backdrop, sitting at the backstop
Tender is the moment, wiping off her teardrops
I'm just hoping we stop, maybe take a moment
Think over this thing that we'd both like to do

But all we are is all we are
And all we need is some momentary grace
We should think it over before we make a big mistake

Tell me, did you feel a change in the equation?
This is adding up to an awkward situation
Permanently stranded I can't understand what I'm thinking
But I can't stop thinking of you

I can see you staring, brimming with impatience
Thinking bout the things that give me palpitations
But let's enjoy the silence, watch the morning rise up
Let the light remind us where we need to be

If all we had was each other then we would both be fine
But you belong to another and I belong to mine

Can't you see the flowers swaying in the distance?
Hear the angels singing songs of sweet resistance?
We should just dismiss this momentary lapse
And go back to living life the way it should be

But all we are is all we are
And all we need is some momentary grace
We should think it over before we make a big mistake
Track Name: Until The Day That I Die
Stillness of your bright moonlit eyes shining through, so happy I found you
Cuz I am yours and you are my love so true, so happy I found you

I'm so happy that I have finally found you
Yes I'm so lucky that I can call you mine

Gathered in this life, you and I, one from two, so happy I found you
And we will find peace of mind rising new, so happy I found you

I'm so happy that I have finally found you
Yes I'm so lucky that I can call you mine… Until the day that I die

Until the day that I die you know that I will always love you
Until the day that I die you know that I will always be there

Wonder who am I to find my love so true, so happy I found you
And thank the lord that you are mine in all that I do, so happy I found you

Until the day that I die You know that I will always love you
Until the day that I die you know that I will always care
Until the day that I die you know that will be thinking of you
Until the day that I die you know that I will always be there
Track Name: Sea Change
Sea change is gonna come some day, I know it's gonna come my way
Oh it may not be easy and the road may be long
But a sea change is coming and I hope you'll come along

As I was walking home one day I heard a little voice inside
And it spoke to me clearly said it's time to move along
Told me you must prepare yourself, for a change is coming on
You've got to look into your life, burn through all the bitterness and dismay
There's a world waiting for you you can fight it and delay
But the truth is unavoidable, getting closer every day

Sea change is gonna come some day, I know it's gonna come my way
Oh it may not be easy and the road may be long
But a sea change is coming, I hope you'll come along

And so I've laid down into my mind, finding what to keep and throw away
And it feels like a mountain with a summit I can't find
But I'll focus on what's in front of me, take a step and start to climb

For I've been a scoundrel, been a scourge and a plague
Feels like I've let down everyone who has ever depended on me
But I can be a different man than the one I used to be
Let a sea change come washing down on me

And so I've found a new lease on my life, and out of the struggle will I rise
No more smoking and drinking, sleeping half my life away
Gonna treat life like a miracle, gonna savor every day

For a sea change will be coming on some day, I know it's coming down over me,
When it seems to be impossible, just look up you'll find your way,
For a sea change will be coming down, let it wash down on me
Let it wash down over me