SCOTT MATTHEW - GALLANTRY'S FAVORITE SON
click on Scott above for pdf bio [photo by Michael Mann]
"For some it seems a mistake, for me it's a way of life."
It’s a lyric from Aussie-born New Yorker, Scott Matthew’s
new album, which also tells the story of Matthews’ own
journey. In a nutshell, it’s a life of tragically beautiful
music, brimming with longing for a sanctuary; a place to
wait for a love that will surely come some day.
For this bearded angel - whom Rolling Stone mag aptly
likens to Antony Hegarty and androgynous-era Bowie -
writing and recording third solo album, Gallantry’s
Favorite Son, was the time "I came to terms with myself". The
result is a more confident, self-assured Matthew tackling
issues like bigotry, intolerance and afterlives. With
confidence comes joy too, so in first single The Wonder Of
Falling In Love [listen] we find Matthew dancing in a more playful
pop playground reminiscent of 2009’s Thistle. Together
with newie Felicty, Matthew weaves connectors between
Scott Walker and Devendra Banhart; Council-era
Paul Weller and Burt Bacharach’s lush string pop.
But that doesn’t mean the goose bumps have diminished.
Matthew’s emotive quiver still "cuts like lovingly
administered razors" [Sydney Morning Herald]. In
haunting new songs like Sinking, Buried Alive and Black
Bird, the man whose worldwide mustering of hearts in
queer-comedy-drama Shortbus [director John Cameron
Mitchell’s follow-up to Hedwig & The Angry Inch]
continues stealing breath. Administering to the listener’s
innermost core, he offers an elixir of dark cabaret,
restorative folk and gently caressing ballads.
It’s little wonder Rhythms Mag called Matthew’s last
album "Mesmerising," while "Extremely Beautiful,"
"Heartbreaking," "Brilliant, Stunning, Haunting,"
"Hypnotising… Gorgeous… Heart-melting… Captivating"
are just some descriptors proffered in other reviews.
By now it’s clear Matthew’s emotional investment in songs
is huge: Matthew and the listener – it’s a heart to heart
exchange. This may be more apparent now, than his earlier
outings as a Brizzy punk protégé, or in first band Elva
Snow with ex-Morrissey man Spencer Cobrin, but as we
said at the start, it’s a lifetime’s work, a journey of
"When friendship becomes family, it helps me
with the mystery" sings Matthew. His music is like a diary
whose secrets are shared with an intimate circle of friends.
Welcome to the circle…
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Scott Matthew : Gallantry's Favorite Son
The Rain And The Sea
Devil's Only Child
The Wonder Of Falling In Love
Sweet Kiss In The Afterlife
No Place Called Hell
click above image to see Scott performing the song 'Sinking' from new album, live in Berlin
"Every now and then you hear an album that reminds
you that one of the greatest achievements of an album is that you simply enjoy every minute of listening to it. I’ve had both the opportunity and pleasure to listen to some truly exceptional albums this year, all of which have their own individual merits, but Gallantry’s Favorite Son stands as the most immediately engaging and memorable. By the third listen I knew just about all the words – and was singing along – to ‘Felicity’, the album’s third track. In honour of Felicity, friendship, birthdays and life in general, it’s part wonder, part resolution and part celebration. It also happens to be one of the most delightful songs I’ve heard in a good while... Gallantry’s Favorite Son genuinely soars."
[Angie Mac, Sic Magazine READ FULL REVIEW]
“Aussie Scott Matthew's third record
eloquently demonstrates the unique charms of queerfolk: set to the simplest percussion, guitar and piano, his voice tells a tale of ache and loss across tracks such as Buried Alive, which is as bleak as it sounds. It's not all doom; No Place Called Hell could be the only gay protest song masquerading as a Tiki bar soundtrack."
What people have said about Scott Matthew in the past
“Nails that special something: timeless quality combined
with heart-stopping melodic beauty... One for the ages" [Album Of The Week]
"Matthew can reach ranges – tonal, octaval and emotional –
that are beyond most of his gender."
"His singing is quite possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever heard...
breathtaking, unwavering talent."
[Black Magazine] VIEW FULL STORY
"“Heartbreaking... Matthew’s voice –
somewhere between early Bowie and a penitent serial killer – slices like lovingly administered razors."
[Sydney Morning Herald]
"Dripping with emotion and passion... Scott Matthew is a delicate flower.
"This second album by Australian Scott Matthew is a dream...
Delicate diva-ish vocals.There's Antony & Johnsons-esque drama...
as threads of love, loss and longing emerge."
"Emotionally intense but wryly playful, his songs are ridiculously beautiful and heartbreakingly euphoric."
[Gay Times, London]
"...There's an element of the Blue Nile's longing or whatever it is that people like about Scott Walker... each listen unwraps new layers like a lovely gift..."
"...You will blown away by how beautifully crafted
and deeply moving this album is. Delicate, absorbing and
completely engaging; utterly amazing! ...Extremely beautiful."
"...A gifted lyricist, Matthew with his deep, breathy baritone reminiscent of Bowie, knows how to craft a song."