Matt Cardle: ‘My new album is more honest’

Since winning the X Factor back in 2010, Matt Cardle has done a full circle. The 29-year-old has a platinum-selling debut album, “Letters,” changed record companies and has produced and written his upcoming album, “The Fire.” But, this time, it’s a much more honest affair.

Matt Cardle sang and played some of the instruments on his upcoming album, "The Fire." Photo: Chuff Media

“Across the board, it’s gone absolutely fantastically,” said Cardle, whose second album releases on October 28th.

“The Fire” see’s Cardle go back to what he knows best; producing the album personally, as well as playing most of the instruments. He said: “It was much nicer being in control as much as I was.

He continued: “This was how I wrote and produced all of my albums before the X Factor, so I didn’t feel out of my comfort zone and I didn’t feel freaked out in any way. It was just a very natural process.”

Furthermore, the album also shows a very personal side to Cardle. He explained: “It’s prominently about the break-up of my relationship earlier this year. It was tough and I was going through all that whilst I was writing the album. That being said, the album’s very upbeat and very uplifting.”

Cardle has also developed a much rockier sound to his album, which he said coincided with his change in appearance: ”The change in sound is also similar to why the looks changed as I’m getting closer to myself and getting back to what I do and what I’ve always done. Just everything’s a bit more honest really.”

“It’s Only Love” will be the first single to be released off the album. Talking about the choice, he said: “I wanted to come back out with something really upbeat and something really driving. I just thought it was a great choice for the first single.

“The reaction to it so far has been amazing, really really amazing. We went to shoot the video in LA about a week ago now and I hope that gets a good reaction too.”

Prior to the album’s release, Cardle will embark on a short UK tour, which begins at the Birmingham Institute on October 21st, before finishing with an album launch show at The Scala in London on the 23rd.

“I’m excited and nervous at the same time! But I just cannot wait to get back on stage with the band and see how the songs translate on stage live,” said Cardle.

He also said how grateful he is to his fans, as well as mentioning a bigger tour is on the way: “I want to say thank you so much to everyone’s who’s supported me and continues to. I hope they love the single, I hope they love the new album and I hope to see them on this little tour and hopefully later on, on the big tour.”

Despite winning the show in 2010, Cardle has been too busy to watch the current series of the X Factor, though he has been able to catch-up on the programme. He’s currently backing Ella Henderson from Lincolnshire: “I think she’s amazing and I did have a bit of a chuckle at that Rylan guy.”

For tickets and more information on Cardle’s upcoming UK tour, visit his official website.