Nearly two years of anticipation has built up to Michal Menert droppin’ his new album, Even If It Isn’t Right, today through the Pretty Lights Music Label. This self-called mega album features 27 heart-clenching tracks with nearly two hours of uncompromising music. A non-linear, yet robust, description of what surrounds Menert and how those influences have shuttled him along life’s journey, Even If It Isn’t Right takes the listener through a collage of emotions.
“I've made a lot of new friends, seen a lot of the world, and been blessed with the chance to bring music to life along the way. I've also lost touch with a lot of people I care about, been away from the comfort of home, and had to make quick decisions that end up affecting my future in big ways. The title of this record stems from that - from choices, actions, statements and even music that I've made in the last two years. I took these steps because they were what I thought was right, even if it wasn't. Part of growing is accepting that you make mistakes, and learning from them. If you don't make mistakes or fall down, you're not trying hard enough. Even the 100+ minute running time of this album may not be 'right' by traditional standards, but it's what I felt was needed to tell the story of my life since my last release. So, even if it isn't right, this is life. If we own our choices, we can escape the pitfalls of guilt, regret, and imagining how it all could have been if only we had…”
- Michal Menert, on Even If It Isn’t Right
Swaager caught up with Michal Menert, the Antimatter crew, and RadioEditAV on March 31st at Cervantes to film the unveiling of a new stage production that Menert will be touring with at select venues. Check out the video below. Michal Menert was the first artist signed to the record label Pretty Lights Music, with the release of his album, Dreaming of a Bigger Life, in the Spring of 2010. A peer and one of his biggest supporters, Derek Vincent Smith, shares some inspiring thoughts on Menert’s newest release; “Even If It Isnt’ Right is some of the best music I've ever heard. It is emotionally moving throughout, while maintaining a style that can rock the hell out of a party, and in its entirety it is undoubtedly a beautiful and prolific masterwork of stellar sample collaging and brilliant musicianship."