I came across Mat Hunsley‘s music for the first time a few months ago, just ahead the release of his debut EP ‘To Being Free’. ‘Do You Need Me Near’ is the first release for the Newcastle-based singer-songwriter, that marks the next chapter in his indie folk production.

Mat is refining his storytelling, crafting his sound around his guitar and creating soft soundscapes that draw immediate comparisons to the likes of Bon Iver. He is an open book, and ‘Do You Need Me Near’ honestly displays his emotions. Discussing the release, the artist stated: “This song is a testament to my oldest and dearest friends. Like everyone else, I have had those friends whom I believed were essential to my happiness. I mistakenly thought that without their constant presence and participation in my life that I couldn’t possibly be as happy as I once was. Despite my worries and despite each of us having followed our differing paths, these friends have remained close to my heart. When reunited we slip effortlessly back into the old habits and patterns as if we’d never strayed away. These people don’t need me near them in order to get everything they need and deserve from life, but it’s comforting to know that our friendship will forever stay the same.”

Listen to ‘Do You Need Me Near’, out today via Trellis Records.

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