Being a man who impatiently casts aside six letters of his first name, brevity is obviously a key virtue in the world of Mr. Matthew Ward. A fact which is only strengthened on the case of his new song ‘The First Time I Ran Away’. Preparing for the release of his eighth studio album, A Wasteland Companion, which will be out on April 10th via Bella Union, he has shared a track from the impending album accompanyed by a wonderfully charming animated video directed by Joel Trussell. The song is based over a cyclical finger-picked melody whilst M wistfully describes three short accounts of running away from home and the visions he encounters along the way. The song may only clock in at just over three minutes, but the rich, warm ambiance and emotion will stay with you all day.