If you could think of a perfect setting for an acoustic performance from a singer-songwriter, a barn studio in the hills of Malibu, California, is pretty hard to beat. And even if you may not know it yet, Matt Maeson is the man for the serenading job.
The Virginia native brought his guitar and smooth vocals to Windmark Creative’s Barn Sessions in Malibu recently, performing his song “Cringe” live amidst an incredibly intimate backdrop for a video premiering on Billboard. Rustic lighting, rolling hills and even a bright pink sunset served as quite the stunning atmosphere for Maeson’s stripped-down performance.
“Shooting the live ‘Cringe’ video in Malibu was such a blast. I was honored to be a part of it — however, we did get lost in the cliffs of Malibu with no phone service for like an hour before we were able to finally find the place,” Maeson tells Billboard about his experience filming the video, which was actually the first performance of the Barn Sessions. “Anyway, ‘Cringe’ is a song I wrote from my new EP Who Killed Matt Maeson and that was one hell of a venue to perform it at.”
Who Killed Matt Maeson was released on Neon Gold/Atlantic Records on March 31. There are six tracks on the EP, all of which have their own alternative-indie acoustic vibe — and make a great soundtrack for a mountainous barn setting, as demonstrated by “Cringe.”
Watch the live performance video of “Cringe” below.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.