Live Reviews

Scott Matthew @ Luminaire, London

17 May 2009


Pity Scott Matthew. Whenever he sets about releasing an album or playing a gig in London, Wolverhampton wandering minstrel Scott Matthews comes along and does the same.

Thus it is that Matthew headlines the recently carpeted Luminaire a day before Matthews’ second album drops. Cause for confusion? Possibly. But those sat on the floor in anticipation of plaintive delights knew which of the two they wanted to hear and, if the title of Matthew’s forthcoming album is to be believed, There Is An Ocean That Divides. True; Englishman Matthews, unlike Matthew, does not hail from (where else?) Brooklyn.

Matthew’s hasidic style beard gives him a look considerably older than he likely is, but maybe he likes the Old Father Time get-up. It suits his material. Switching between a gorgeous red acoustic guitar and a ukulele, Matthew’s backers sport cello, the electric piano setting of a Juno D and bass and sketch in details around his atmospheric mood pieces.

Antony Hegarty looks set to give Matthew a boost, having selected him to support Antony And The Johnsons at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival. For now though, his music continues to be a close-kept secret, something to hold on to when times are dark and the voice of experience is needed to say “I’ve been there, it’s not that bad, you’ll be fine.”


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