- RELEASE DATE /3 November 2023
- CATALOG /CRT139
- LABEL /Cheersquad Records & Tapes
- FORMAT /Available on limited edition red and black smash coloured 12 inch vinyl (100 only), black 12 inch vinyl and digitally
A FEW WORDS
Naarm/Melbourne-based songwriter Al Matcott announces his debut album Summer’s Coming out November 3 on Cheersquad Records & Tapes. Produced by Wade Keighran (The Scare, Wolf & Cub) and featuring collaborations with Freya Josephine Hollick, Jack Ladder and Taylor Hollingsworth (Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band), Al Matcott adopts a series of characters on his narrative-driven debut, reflecting on the feelings of Mother Earth in the face of the climate crisis (“it should be viewed as an act of violence”) and the delicate balance of logic and intuition as he wades through the waters of who he is.
Summer’s Coming was written over two years and recorded under the watchful eye of producer Wade Keighran (The Scare, Wolf & Cub, Elvis – music supervisor) between Head Gap Studios in Naarm/Melbourne, Golden Retriever Studios in Eora/Sydney and The Tender Joint in Colomatta/the Blue Mountains. It was a period of many firsts for Al Matcott: his first time working with a producer; his first time recording in an established studio; and his first time collaborating with his live band – Brendan West (he/him; bass), Miranda Holt (she/her; drums) and Steve McLennan (he/him; guitar). The album also features Freya Josephine Hollick (on Matcott‘s cover of Townes Van Zandt’s ‘Our Mother The Mountain’) and instrumental collaborations with Jack Ladder (keys) and Taylor Hollingsworth from Conor Oberst’s Mystic Valley Band (slide guitar) who both feature on ‘O My Darling’.
Finding inspiration in classical literature, philosophy, poetry, and bands like Interpol and A Place To Bury Strangers, Al Matcott adopts a series of characters throughout Summer’s Coming to tell stories punctuated with his masterful songwriting craft: caterwauling guitars, a blistering rhythm section and a dark, despairing mood. His engrossing lyricism focuses on the encroaching climate crisis – “It’s what keeps me up at night. What is happening to mother earth should be viewed as an act of violence.” he firmly states – and delves into daily tensions that many of us face: the unrelentingly addictive design of social media, being held hostage by your own mind and turning to meditation, and continually pulling that same irritating-as-all-hell tarot card that holds a mirror to the ugliest parts of yourself. It’s a journey of a record, one that sees Al Matcott’s celebrated songwriting reach scorching new heights.
Formerly a drummer, guitarist and singer in a number of bands including Euphoriacs, Honey Badgers and Buried Feather, Al Matcott made his solo debut in 2021 with the release of the four-track EP You Can Be Anyone and quickly followed with a string of singles in 2022 including ‘Crystal Ball’ and ‘Sophia’. His releases saw swift support from CLASH, The Indie Scene, Radio X (UK), Triple R, Double J, Pilerats and many others, all praising his strong storytelling and delicate balance of the dark and the light across expertly written songs. Al Matcott is a firm staple of Naarm/Melbourne’s live music scene, having played over 30 shows in the last 12 months including Boogie and Leaps and Bounds Festivals, and shows with Flyying Colours, Bad Habits and more.