Although the Mattson twins thus far have been a package deal when it comes to their musical output as The Mattson 2 (not infrequently alongside the honorary third Mattson, Toro y Moi), the onset of the pandemic was isolating enough to splinter brothers Jared and Jonathan long enough that a solo record was conceived by the former. Set for release on March 31 via Chaz Bear’s Carpark imprint Company Records, Peanut is the debut solo venture from Jared Mattson, leaning into his individual personality outside of the inextricable jazz fusion he creates alongside his brother. “My solo project was the result of peak pandemic isolation, 20 years of work with The Mattson 2, and stuff I learned working closely with Chaz,” he explains.
The first track that emerged from these solo sessions is being revealed today, with “Please Come Here” arriving alongside an action-packed visual. Blending the neo-psych tendencies of his band with lyrics sung in Japanese and a visual documenting a day at the raceway observing Japanese drifting, the result is a distillation of everything that consumed Mattson’s interest early in the pandemic. “I was in such a different place as a result of the space and pace forced upon us by the pandemic, I got super into Japanese drifting and boxing,” he notes. “A lot of artists in my circle don't highlight, I don’t know, ‘braggadocious’ things like boxing and fast cars. Cars found their way to ‘Please Come Here’ and boxing to [future single] ‘Burn Down Babylon.’”