New Zealand singer-songwriter Matt Langley first came to prominence when his composition 7:13 won the 2010 APRA Country Song of the Year award. He made his recording debut three years earlier with the EP Lost Companions, which was followed in 2010 by his first full length album Featherbones.
Earlier this month saw the release of his eagerly anticipated follow-up, Virginia Avenue, which was named after the street in Broad Bay on the Otago Peninsula where he lives and wrote the album. It was produced by Brett Stanton (The Phoenix Foundation) and Riki Gooch (Trinity Roots, Eru Dangerspiel), while the musicians include Gooch on drums, Tom Callwood (Phoenix Foundation) on bass and Thomas Watson (Cassette, Fly My Pretties) on guitars. We caught up with Langley on the eve of an extensive New Zealand tour he is embarking on with Lindon Puffin, which kicks of June 6 in Christchurch.