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28 December 2020

Eddie Vedder Drops Expanded Six-track ‘Matter Of Time’ EP

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Eddie Vedder has shared his Matter Of Time EP, which contains an additional four new tracks.

Releasing the set on Christmas Day, Matter Of Time included the new original title track and Say Hi, as well as Vedder performing renditions of Pearl Jam classics: Porch, from 1991’s Ten; Just Breathe from 2009’s Backspacer, and Future Days from 2013’s Lightning Bolt, alongside a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Growin’ Up, from Springsteen’s debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park.

Eddie Vedder had previewed the two new songs, Matter Of Time and Say Hi, on 18th November 2020, at a virtual concert fundraiser called Venture Into Cures, to raise money for those afflicted by Epidermolysis Bullosa. EB is the term for a selection of rare skin disorders that affect children, and cause the skin to become incredibly fragile, as well as subjecting children to internal and external wounds and severe pain.

The event was organised by Eddie Vedder and his wife Jill to benefit the EB Research Partnership, a non-profit that the pair co-founded. Speaking at the event, Jill said: “Ed and I are incredibly grateful to everyone joining us for Venture Into Cures. Every day kids with EB and their families face astonishing challenges. This event will give people a glimpse into their world. EBRP’s mission is to find a cure for EB, and this event will help bring us one step closer to making that mission a reality by adding momentum to the work being done.”

As well as performing the new song, Matter Of Time, Vedder performed Say Hi, a song he has performed live over the years, but which finally sees an official release. The song had been written for a six-year-old boy named Eli, who suffers from epidermolysis bullosa.
Matter Of Time was also written about EB, and the piano ballad was released with an accompanying animated video that shows children who suffer from the disorder being finally able to shed their bandages. The video, as well as the official video for Say Hi, can be seen below.

The EP follows on from Eddie Vedder’s Cartography single, which the musician released in September as part of Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 5. The instrumental track had been recorded for the 2018 documentary film, Return To Mount Kennedy.

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