scott matthews

friday 17 march 2017

Scott Matthews
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Friday 17 March 2017
St. Paul's Worthing
Ages 14+ (under 16s accompanied) 
Tickets £15 adv

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Scott Matthews’ ground- breaking debut album, Passing Stranger. The bold mix of folk, rock, blues and Eastern-inspired song-writing earned Scott serious critical acclaim, and in 2007 his first single ‘Elusive’ won the Ivor Novello Award for ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’. From here Scott went on to perform on a number of international sell-out tours with respected artists such as Bert Jansch, Robert Plant, Foo Fighters and Rufus Wainwright.
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 Scott on his 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.

The vision for albums four and five were, however, much closer to home with Scott recording Home Part 1 in 2014 at the bottom of his garden in his home-built musical abode. This organic means of creating music from his home in the West Midlands inspired Scott to set up his own record label in 2016, ‘Shedio Records’, on which his new album, Home Part 2 will be released on 19th September 2016.
Home Part 2 finds Scott 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, sonic texture. Part 2 was always going to be the complete opposite, with a very technicolor outlook, it’s ‘technicolor brother’ if you will”.

Among the reoccurring constants in his world are “home” and what it means to everyone. It links the mix of new songs on the album – whole-heartedly embracing it whilst blending it with dreamlike, otherworldly visions of escapism in the beguiling Waltz at Nightfall and the phantasmagorical Where I Long to Be, that reveal the troubadour at heart is never far away. His vocal style has been much referenced in ethereal terms of "ghostly","haunting", "eerie" and "hypnotic", so perhaps there is magic afoot.

In his own words Home Part 2 is Scott’s “brightest spectrum of light to date. This last decade has flourished into something far beyond what I imagined and now as one 10-year chapter closes, I seem to have discovered the key to an even greater musical freedom, which I can’t wait to explore...”.