Matt Mays bounced between Mexico, America and Canada while writing Coyote, an album that takes its influences from every corner of the North American continent. Small-town folk, big-city indie rock, West Coast pop and heartland country-rock all make appearances, and Mays treats each genre accordingly, crooning his way through softer songs like “Chase the Light” and howling his way through funky, danceable tunes like “Madre Padre” with madcap energy.
“I’ve always loved animals that are beautiful but dangerous,” he says. “It’s a good analogy for life. Coyotes are native to Canada, Mexico and the United States and that’s where I lived while writing this album.”
Coyote is out this week. Listen to the full album below.