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Matthew Konradt: Relentless Pursuit is pretty much a brand new solo project that I felt inspired to start with the intention of delving into new territory both musically and lyrically. It was started in August of this year, 2022.
Matthew: Great question! Well for one thing I have to do 100 percent of my own material and I have found myself writing more about spiritual struggles and concerns in my lyrics and possible delving into darker topics. Whereas the material that I wrote in Ascend the Soul had more of what some people might call "love songs to God". Even though those themes are still present on the album I am currently working on, they aren't the only thing on my mind.
Matthew: Well believe it or not the title entered my mind one day all of a sudden. Intoxication usually has to do with alcohol addictions but I am actually referring to the state of being intoxicated (or overwhelmed) by this dark world and how even darker it is without God in our lives to pull us out of the ditch that we are in.
Matthew: The song is about striving to do good in this world and how hard it can be to stay on the right path sometimes. It references the fact that without God, human nature can't make it basically. The album I am working on currently will cover various themes such as judging a book by it's cover, breaking out of a frenetic lifestyle that can harm an individual and others around them, as well as more spiritual battles and occasional doubt with redemption in the end.
Matthew: With Ascend the Soul, I basically have had a co producer "Breno Machado", except the first album The First Step To Ascension which I had produced. Overtime, that album's sound quality sounded so rough and awful to me that I decided to take it down. Overtime, I have been practicing and working on my own production and am currently doing my own stuff for the Relentless Pursuit project.
Matthew: One of my inspirations is an artist called Berried Alive. Pretty much all their albums; Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush; Red's albums, Cloverton's albums; etc…
Matthew: Thank you for the interview and review and thank you to everyone who listens to my music. I will be coming out with more singles and eventually an album. I currently am releasing updates on my youtube channel, facebook page, and website. Thank you all and God bless!
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