Impossible Machines ARD
- 2Everything's Better03:55
- 3Justify It03:45
- 4Impossible Machines04:35
- 5Shoulda Stayed03:54
- 6Midnight Sun05:30
- 10What Goes Down04:21
- 11Wait Wait, How Long03:34
- 12Change Will Come05:01
Info for Impossible Machines
“When I got into studio, I had no plan. I am at a point in my life where I am living for me and doing what I like and want to do, so when I got into studio, I said: ‘Ard, do whatever you want to, write whatever you want to and sing whatever you want to sing about’. That was the only instruction I gave myself.”
Although he had no theme in mind, he found himself moving away from the music he would usually make, something he said was liberating. “You know, in the past, I never experimented with my music. It was always the same vibe, but with this album I found myself experimenting with different sounds and even the lyrics are different and, for me, this experience has been very liberating.
The sound is super diverse. It’s largely up-tempo, still (with) my unique rock and roll feel to it, but very diverse and I love it,” he said. He described the sound as uplifting and lush.
Matthews wrote the songs on this album, produced and engineered it, but it’s something he said he probably wouldn’t do again. “Having all of those roles was hectic. Next time, I am going to get a few other hands involved.”
For Matthews, his more than 20-year career has been a rehearsal for this moment. “This album is a musical indication of where I am in my life right now. I am in a great place. I am happy and I am learning to just express myself and, with this album, I want to know that this is me as an artist. This is my individuality,” he said.
On naming it Impossible Machines, he said, “I named it that because I feel that we are all slaves to the devices we use today, from our cellphones to our computers. And I am not preaching, I never preach, it’s just social commentary. I always want to use my voice in a positive way so that’s where the name comes from.”
He also cleared up any misconceptions around Just Jinjer, “I did not leave the group. We are still very much together and just had a huge gig last week. We are just not recording any new music. At this point, we can’t rule anything out, we could always get back into studio together and make new music, but that won’t happen anytime soon,” he said.
Over the course of the last decade and a half, well known singer and songwriter, Ard, has been honing his craft and moving people the world over. As the front man of South African band Just Jinjer, his indelible lyrics and melody arrangements led the way to the incredible success of their debut album title ‘All Comes Round’, becoming one of the biggest selling rock genre albums of all time in their native country of South Africa, achieving double platinum status in it’s first year, with the follow up album “Something for now” reaching the same status a year later.
Just Jinjer have shared the stage with many iconic local and international artists on many stages across the world. Most notably at the Nelson Mandela 46664 Concert, Johannesburg in 2009 where they performed with the likes of The Goo Goo Dolls, Annie Lennox, Razorlight, Ludacris, Corrinne Bailey Rae, Peter Gabriel, Live, and Angélique Kidjo.
They have also performed support duties, and shared the bill with many international stars such as U2, Counting Crows, Def Leppard, INXS, Maroon 5, One Republic, Hootie and the Blowfish, The Strokes, and many more. On their own Just Jinjer have performed many sold out arena shows across South Africa.
Ard was born in Johannesburg to Dries Brits and Arlene, but considers himself a Durban boy after having moved to the Bluff in Durban shortly thereafter to be raised by only his mother. He grew up in a strict religious household with little popular music, but what he did hear — Nat “King” Cole, Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley — elicited an innate musicality that won him a talent contest as a singer when he was twelve years old. In his late high school years, he sat down at a friend’s drum kit and immediately found a natural proficiency on the traps. Having no desire to pursue conventional studies after school, he enrolled in to The Groove Class based in Johannesburg, South Africa’s only affiliate of Los Angeles’s famed Musicians Institute, during which time he also started to learn the guitar and discovered a voice that would shape the course of his future forever.
Traveling frequently to countries all over the world with Just Jinjer, Ard and the band wowed audiences across Europe, Australia, and the United States, and eventually settled in Los Angeles for 8 years, where they signed an international recording deal with Curb Records, and played at some of the most well known and influential clubs and festivals before returning to SA in 2009. Ard released his debut solo album in the winter of 2012 to critical acclaim and shortly after teamed up with South African folk icon Vusi Mahlasela for Ard’s single ‘Umuntu’. Ard is now playing regularly as a solo act, as well as still fronting the original Just Jinjer, with many well known and talented musicians joining him on bass guitar and drums on an ad-hoc and dynamic basis, at well known festivals such as Oppikoppi and Rocking The Daisies festival in Darling, Cape Town.
Ard also joined forces with top advertising company King James and leading insurance firm Sanlam to produce a massive online campaign about a snubbed contestant from an international music contest television series, with Ard writing, producing, and recording a song for the contestant and being filmed for a documentary. Ard’s brand new single, released at the beginning of 2017, entitled ‘Wonder Years’ is an evolution in his sound and was received with acclaim across the country. Further to this, Ard is setting off an extensive European solo tour in August 2017, performing at iconic venues such as the Halfmoon, Putney, The Grand Social in Dublin, De Nieuwe Anita in Amsterdam, and many more to be announced.
This album contains no booklet.