Scott Matthews has garnered serious critical acclaim in his 10-year career to date as he has continued to nurtured his craft, and he’s back in Devon at the famed Kingskerswell Parish Church venue.
Scott was always deliberate in his actions as witnessed in the time he originally spent as a guitarist before becoming the singer songwriter behind the groundbreaking debut album ‘Passing Stranger’.
Scott keeps moving on and exploring to bring forth gems of songs that seem to gestate over time and then “arrive”. His vocal style has been much referenced in ethereal terms of “ghostly”, “haunting”, “eerie” and “hypnotic”, so perhaps there is magic afoot.
Among the reoccurring constants in his world are “home” and what it means to everyone. The imposing six-foot four, Black Country, somewhat reclusive artist has become increasingly aware of why his roots remain firmly planted in the Midlands.
His album Home Part 2 came out last October – a contrasting companion to his much praised 2014 break out record Home Part 1. The new album 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 interplay between the new record and its predecessor Home Part 1, Scott said: “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.”
Scott has garnered serious critical acclaim across his 10-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 Scotts follow-up album, Elsewhere, and down the line legendary double bassist Danny Thompson joined on Scotts third release What The Night Delivers, having encountered each other while performing in Joe Boyds 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.
This date at Kingskerswell Parish Church is a rare solo date and not to be missed.
March 4 Scott Matthews + support Fly Yeti Fly Kingskerswell Parish Church TQ12 5LD Doors 7pm £16.50 adv Info & tickets 01803 875527
Read the Guardian’s review of a 2014 gig: Scott Matthews review – engagingly thoughtful and classy singer-songwriter
(from a press release)