|Scott Matthews — Home Part 2 (September 19, 2016)|
Scott Matthews — Home Part 2 (September 19, 2016) •■• The Wolverhampton songster heads back home for his new album. Originally planned for release much earlier in the year to coincide with an ostensible launch tour, for reasons unknown things got put back, to which end anticipation will have either increased or, more problematically, waned.
Genre: Acoustic / Blues / Folk Rock / Singer~Songwriter
Born: 15th Jan 1976 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, UK
Location: Wolverhampton, England
Album release: September 19, 2016
Recorded: Artisan, Birmingham, England
Record Label: Shedio
01 Drifter 4:05
02 The Rush 3:58
03 Where I Long To Be 3:19
04 Black Country Boy 1:12
05 Two Entwined 3:20
06 Stay In Bed 2:31
07 Guardians Of Sleep 5:53
09 Steal My Star 4:37
10 Anything 1:29
11 Waltz At Nightfall 5:55
12 Home & Dry 3:33
13 Good Times 4:09
•■• Scott Matthews guitar, vocals
•■• Richard Adey accordion,
•■• Sam Martin drums,
•■• Danny Keane cello,
•■• Mat Taylor flute,
as well as new addition
•■• Paul Connop on guitar and
•■• Jon Thorne and
•■• Byron Wallen providing double bass and sousaphone,
respectively. Matthews talks of the two works in terms of contrasting colours, the former being sepia and creams with this of a more technicolour persuasion, which, roughly translated, means a greater diversity of sound, ranging from twilight folk to swampy blues, with an emphasis on electric guitar.
Written by Alex Gallacher 4 April, 2016
•■• Home Part 2 finds Matthews in many senses returning to the source, driven by what he describes as ‘A need to rekindle a relationship with artist I was 10 years ago, but joining forces with the artist I am today’. Speaking about the contrasting interplay between the new record and its predecessor Home Part 1, Scott says; ‘After completing Part 1, I was very much aware of how I wanted Part 2 to sound, look and feel. The more I record my music, the more I’ve realised I describe what I’m looking for as colours. This method helps me to visualise what instrumentation I’d like to hear. Part 1 has a very sepia~like tone, with warm earthy browns and creams and has an almost grainy texture. Part II was always going to be the complete opposite, with a very Technicolor outlook.’ •■• http://www.folkradio.co.uk/
•■• Scott Matthews has confirmed release details for his new album, Home Part 2, due out September 19, 2016. Scott is trailing the announcement with the first new track to be lifted from Home Part 2 — Drifter, which is available as a free download with all album purchases.
•■• Home Part 2 finds Matthews in many senses returning to the source, driven by what he describes as “a need to rekindle a relationship with the artist I was 10 years ago, but joining forces with the artist I am today”. Speaking about the contrasting interplay between the new record and its predecessor Home Part 1, Scott says “After completing Part 1, I was very much aware of how I wanted Part 2 to sound, look and feel. The more I record my music, the more I’ve realised I describe what I’m looking for as colours. This method helps me to visualise what instrumentation I’d like to hear. Part 1 has a very sepia~like tone, with warm earthy browns and creams and has an almost grainy texture. Part 2 was always going to be the complete opposite, with a very Technicolor outlook.”
•■• Scott has garnered serious critical acclaim across his ten~year career and has taken this time to nurture his craft. He was always deliberate in his actions — witnessed in the time he originally spent as a guitarist, before becoming the singer songwriter behind the ground~breaking debut album Passing Stranger. Subsequently, Robert Plant came onboard for a guest contribution on Scott’s follow~up album, Elsewhere, and down the line legendary double bassist Danny Thompson joined on Scott’s third release What The Night Delivers, having encountered each other whilst performing in Joe Boyd’s stage production of Way to Blue — The Songs of Nick Drake. •■• Scott has also performed on a number of international sell~out tours with respected artists such as Bert Jansch, Robert Plant, Foo Fighters and Rufus Wainwright.
Rein van den Berg, 15 Nov 2016
Interview, By David Vincent — November 8, 2016
The Wolverhampton songster heads back home for his new album.
•■• For Wolverhampton’s Scott Matthews, new album Home Part 2, marks both the end of one chapter in his career, and the start of a new one.
•■• Released ten years on from his slow~burning sleeper hit Passing Stranger, Home Part 2 stylistically harks back to that release, as well as referencing subsequent albums, and in particular 2014’s Home Part 1.
•■• “It’s more closely book~matched to the first album [Passing Stranger], there’s a similar style of music … it keep you on your toes. The first record was like that,” says Scott.
•■• “With the second, third and fourth albums, there’s very specific themes — but this one comes back to the roots of that first record.”
•■• Featuring 13 tracks, Home Part 2 also continues the ‘homecoming’ theme of Part 1, though Scott sees Part 2 as being very much the “Technicolor” counterpart to its more “sepia~like” predecessor, with much of that colour coming from rich layers of instrumentation.
•■• “There are different production values with myself,” says Scott, who also produced the album. “I’ve put a lot of time into the little details as well as trying to capture that band energy.
•■• “Some of the songs really rely on performance, where the song builds and drops, and I’ve tried to capture that live performance.”
•■• Though in passing he says he “doffs his cap” to such musical heroes as Paul Simon, Elliott Smith and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, inspiration tends to come from everyday occurrences.
•■• “Profound moments, places visited, the people I’ve met, the books I’ve read, strangers’ words of wisdom, the voices I hear that settle into my subconscious…” he says, continuing with “… the realisations that slap you in the face; the happiness and sadness that strike in equal measure; the desire to make loved ones feel like they can be so alive; the need to speak when I’m being drowned by the silence; the sheer joy and open~mindedness of playing and singing with my band …”
•■• After Home Part 2 has been well and truly toured (there are spring 2017 dates on the horizon and hopes of summer festivals and further international shows), Scott sees his yet~to~be~titled sixth album as the start of something new.
•■• “I see it as a new phase; I see it as a book and the first five albums is one book, and the next will be chapter one of the next book.
•■• “I’ve got 2~3 projects on the go. The first is a stripped back guitar album, which I’ve never done before. That will test myself as a writer as there will be more emphasis on the power of the word and the strength of the guitar.
•■• “Also, there’s another record that’s more soundscapey … David Sylvian~esque. Similar to the third album, What The Night Delivers, that touches on soundscapes, has a minimal approach, that’s sonically very different. That’s exciting to me.
•■• “And there’s potentially music for a film. I can’t say too much as this stage, but it’s very encouraging. You have to approach music for film in a different way, it’s presenting my music differently … I’m excited where that could take me.”
|Scott Matthews — Home Part 2 (September 19, 2016)|