Wildest Dream s
Robar Music Records
Matt has managed to keep up a remarkable consistency of album releases - this is his seventh since 2008! His mix of acoustic guitar and vocals may cause him to be put into the usual singer-songwriter bag, but that would be unfair as he has so much more to offer than the majority of performers in the genre. Essentially this is a blues set but it’s got so much energy and delivery and the songs are great too. There’s a good variation of styles; for instance the title track is set at a slower pace but with a steady and dramatic drum beat throughout, which immediately catches the attention; and there’s the soft and sultry Nowhere Is Home, which is positively delightful. When talking about Matt’s guitar playing names like Jimmy Page, Lindsey Buckingham and John Martyn are often mentioned, and indeed there are elements of these players’ acoustic attributes on show, but Matt is very much his own man. He’s also a guitarist for today; original and dynamic rather than someone regurgitating the past.