Following the 2020 global broadcast of Venture Into Cures, a virtual charity event for his nonprofit, EB Research Partnership - Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder released a pair of singles: “Matter of Time” and “Say Hi”. Both of Vedder’s new songs are tied to that cause.
“Matter of Time” is a tender piano ballad that builds to a rollicking, optimistic end — “I’ll take the joy, I’ll take the pain,” Vedder sings, “We’re just like you, we’re all the same” and it arrives with an animated video in which children suffering from EB are finally able to shed their bandages and play.
“Say Hi” meanwhile, is a song that Vedder has performed live over the years, although this marks its first official release. Vedder wrote the rousing acoustic tune for a 6-year-old boy named Eli who suffers from junctional epidermolysis bullosa.