After a long hiatus, Matt returned to the studio in 2020 during the nationwide COVID-19 quarantine, writing and recording new music as part of the Quarantune Project with other Cincinnati-based musicians. In 2021 he released the single "Oh, Karen," which was written during those sessions.
The work has since continued with the skills of notable session musicians (Kenny Aronoff, Norm Garschke, Luke Oswald, Stefan Olofsson) and former bandmates (Jason Peter, Anthony Rich, Chris Rowell), as well as two of Matt's daughters (Maggie and Lorelei). From his studio on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Brauer has put together an ambitious project under the moniker of the Matthew Shadley Band. It is his first recorded album in 14 years.