Meandering, melodic, melancholic mediocrity: Scott Mathews’ What the Night Delivers reviewed

Scott Matthews – What the Night Delivers: The only problem with Scott Matthews is he just never quite sounds like his own man. Every twist and turn of What the Night Delivers feels it has been trodden long before by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright and Elliot Smith. There’s certainly worse company to keep, and the Wolverhampton singer-songwriter’s third release is a seductive cycle of dreamlike nocturnes, Matthews’ meandering melancholia and acoustic autobiography sonically balanced by eerie shades of double bass and French horn. But like a great painter stuck in the slipstream of his elders, Matthews needs … Continue reading Meandering, melodic, melancholic mediocrity: Scott Mathews’ What the Night Delivers reviewed

Gods and Monsters: Gary Lucas’ journey from Jeff Buckley to Dracula

As guitar maverick Gary Lucas prepares to perform a live movie soundtrack at the Glasgow Film Festival, he opens up to Rob Garratt about his love of horror – and his relationship with iconic singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley. The first thing I noticed about Gary Lucas, as he bustled through the door into our meeting room – early – was the sheer amount of stuff he was carrying. Clutching a guitar case large enough for a cello, dragging an oversized suitcase and held upright by a ragged sports satchel, the pork pie hat atop his head completed the picture of an … Continue reading Gods and Monsters: Gary Lucas’ journey from Jeff Buckley to Dracula