“Mathur is an example of the far more interesting and experimental side of the adult contemporary market” – Justin Harlan, Rock on Philly
A triumphant and poignant tribute to Beatles legend; Ajay Mathur gifts a single to Lennon, over forty years after the first chords where written. Releasing poignant new single ‘Anytime At All (Aftermath of Silence)’ in two versions: a contemporary remix and an intimate acoustic version, winning the coveted ‘The Akademia Music Award’ for Best Pop Rock Song.
The release pre-dates Ajay Mathur’s upcoming album and follows Mathur’s debut single ‘I Need You Now’ (released August 2021). No stranger to accolades, Ajay Mathur is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, winner of ‘Germany’s Best English Language Album of the Year 2018’ by the German Pop Foundation, as well as a continuous 128-week ranking on the European Indie Music chart.
This track is the perfect example of dedication to craft and reaching the perfect sonic combination. Written closely following the unexpected murder of John Lennon, ‘Anytime At All (Aftermath of Silence)’ is Ajay’s dedication to the late musician, stemming from the emotional upheaval and sadness that himself and the many fans of Lennon experienced. Although this wasn’t the first time Ajay had gone through grief, having sadly lost both his parents whilst only a toddler, he found the violence committed against Lennon stifling.
Using the perspective of someone who had witnessed the shooting of Lennon close by, Ajay Mathur found the recent pandemic in its all-encompassing struggle with shutdowns, cancellations, and isolation a time to retreat to his home-studio, re-discovering his favourite records, including The Beatles and John Lennon. Finding clarity and disconnection from the pandemic in picking back up his guitar, Ajay began playing ‘Anytime At All (Aftermath of Silence)’.
At this time, he realised he had found the right voice for the track 40 years later, finishing work on his upcoming album, recording and finishing all the album tracks, including both versions of ‘Anytime At All’. It clear to see the visual accompanying the track represents the feeling of there being something bigger than and something more than us. Directed and created by Suzie Selman, the black and white adds a look into the past and a feeling of sadness, with an overarching need for peace.
“People exit our lives for many different reasons – end of a relationship, geographic separation, death by illness, carelessness or maliciousness of others – and we are forced to face the void. Recognizing that they are never really gone is where we can begin to find peace and comfort. “Anytime At All (Aftermath of Silence)” describes that moment of clarity, that the people who have touched you deeply are always going to be there with you. All you’ve gotta do is call.” – Ajay Mathur
Knowing the track needed to encompass the ethereal peace and atmospheric comfort, Ajay got in contact with friend and pianist Michael Dolmetsch, working together for the first time. Understanding what the piece needed, Dolmetsch layered the piece with dynamic, vibrant, and orchestral grand piano. Aiming for flow and fluidity, pedal steel was added by another of Ajay’s friends Steve Birrer. Distinctive, intense vocals haunt throughout, with a sense of peace and reflection.
Photography: Jean-Pierre Ritler
Mixed by Grammy Award Winning engineer Austin Asvanonda (War on Drugs, Rolling Stones), Ajay has gone on to work with the award-winning producer and remixer Philip Larsen (Human League, Soft Cell, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry), Larsen help to craft the urban version of the song. Ajay Mathur made the conscious decision to release the track between Lennon’s birthday on 9th October and the anniversary of his death on the 8th December.
For fans of John Lennon, Tom Petty and Jackson Browne, you can find ‘Anytime At All (Athermath of Silence) an Ajay Mathur via the links below: