“Always thought my friend Matty (Graven) was talented but he has taken it to another level on his new album. So excited for this album to be in the world.”
– Bob Ham (Portland Mercury)
“Matty has made a record that is easy on the ears and has lots of heart.”
– Joel Plaskett (Juno/ECMA winner)
Graven (Matty McKechnie) is a Nepean-born, once-bedroom-rapper, cross-Canadian rail-riding troubadour, lyrical time-traveler, twang-thunder-picker, dad, wordsmith, melodic mystic, and nature appreciator. His music has been described as ‘indie-folk-thunder-twang’. Through his 11 albums, that touch on many different life timelines, there is a bright guiding light that shines inwards, on the keel of an even but passionate voice, and illuminates feelings of honesty, hurt and hope. Having toured Canada several times, he has shared stages with Kathryn Calder (New Pornographers), Slow Leaves, Megan Nash (2019 JUNO nominee), Tanya Davis, The Wooden Sky, Steve Poltz and Al Tuck and many more. He’s also played at festivals alongside The Foo Fighters, Beck, Dave Matthews Band, The Roots, Norah Jones, Larkin Poe, and others. Graven is an ambitious and prolific wordsmith, and his new album ‘Years’ focuses on the breakneck speed of time passing, trying to be in the moment, and growing old. The record was engineered and produced by Jim Bryson (multi-album song-maker and collaborator with Kathleen Edwards, The Tragically Hip, The Weakerthans and many more).