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    • Listen: Estrons - 'Strobe Lights' April 28, 2017
      Sharp-edged post-punk from Cardiff...Cardiff's Estrons have shared biting new single 'Strobe Lights'. The group's urgent rise has been bolstered by some fiery live shows, displaying a taut sense of energy. New cut 'Strobe Lights' is skeletal post-punk draped in black, yet given a very 21st century update. Emerging from Cardiff […]
    • Oneman Kicks Off New Event & Radio Series April 28, 2017
      Welcome 'Onedance' into your lives...Oneman has launched a new event and radio series named Onedance. The South London selector aims to bring together his roots in club culture, as well as acknowledging the fresh sounds that are emanating from the capital. "ONEDANCE is a coming-together and celebration of my experiences of the UK underground i […]
    • Steps - Tears On The Dancefloor April 28, 2017
      The album you never knew you needed...Things you hope you’ll get from a new Steps album in 2017: 1. A title with a terrible pun on the name Steps 2. Um… Having apparently failed at the first hurdle, we’re then forced to confront the question of what we want from the first album of original material in 17 years by the pop quintet. Frequently derided in their […]
    • Ben Howard Launches New Label April 28, 2017
      Meet his first signings...Ben Howard has launched his own label, with A Blaze Of Feather revealed as the first signings. The move has been in the works for some time, with Ben himself tweeted cryptic clues as to the identity of the band. The group are in fact led by the songwriter's close friend Mickey Smith, sharing the same six-piece ensemble that bro […]
    • Phoenix Confirm New Album Details April 28, 2017
      'Ti Amo' will be released on June 9th...Phoenix has confirmed details of new album 'Ti Amo'. The band broke cover recently, giving an interview to the New York Times in which they accidentally-on-purpose revealed plans for their next album. Well, it's all true. 'Ti Amo' will be released on June 9th, and the shimmering, expl […]
    • Kele Okereke Drops Solo Track 'Yemaya' April 28, 2017
      Check it out now...Kele Okereke has released solo track 'Yemaya' - check it out now. The Bloc Party frontman announce a flurry of intimate solo shows, due to kick off next month. The British artist has released two solo records in the past, but new cut 'Yemaya' seems to indicate a nimble sideways step. Online now, there's a sense of […]
    • Next Wave #770: Laurel April 28, 2017
      Wonderfully sparse songwriting with palpable intimacy...Laurel has always loved music. It’s been a fixture of her life since childhood, when she bought her first CD – a single by Lionel Ritchie, no less. Sure, it’s not exactly the coolest purchase in the world, it sums up her sheer, dogged, love of a great song. “I remember I used to just put it on my CD pla […]
    • The War On Drugs To Play Alexandra Palace April 28, 2017
      New cut 'Thinking Of A Place' is online now...The War On Drugs have announced a series of live shows - including a date at Alexandra Palace. The band released new cut 'Thinking Of A Place' as a limited edition Record Store Day treat for fans, the first sign of where their fourth album could lead. Placed online, you can now stream it via t […]
    • Catastrophe Anthem: Clash Meets Clark April 28, 2017
      Charting the uncompromising stance of the Warp maverick...Chris Clark has been unleashing barrages of twisted, noisy techno on the world for nearly two decades, primarily via cult UK label Warp Records. On his latest album, ‘Death Peak’, he coaxes the listener in using saccharine, enticing melodies – in his words, “the fun bit” – before building to a stormy […]
    • Gigs Of The Month: Powered By Skiddle - May '17 April 28, 2017
      A look ahead of the month's hottest music events...The live experience sits at the core of modern music. It’s a way for fans to get close to the artists they love, and it’s a way for those artists to let their music breathe, to take it beyond the confines of the studio. Each week – each night, even – vital shows are taking place across the country, rang […]
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    • OZZY OSBOURNE AND ZAKK WYLDE REUNITE FOR 2017 TOUR April 28, 2017
      For the first time in more than a decade, Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde are together again. Known as one of rock’s most lethal singer and guitarist pairings, the two will hit the road for a series of Ozzy headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, beginning July 14 (*see dates below). While... Read more
    • 4/27: EZRIN PODCAST, M3 IS HERE, TRUNKNATION UPDATE AND MORE April 27, 2017
      Had a great week of interviews this week with great variety as well. My guests this week on my daily Trunk Nation show on SiriusXM Volume 106 included Ice T, The Pretty Reckless and Styx. Great having them all in this week and thanks to all the callers. TrunkNation on Volume is really taking off... Read more
    • ANTHRAX BASSIST FRANK BELLO SAYS THE BAND’S MUSIC COMES FROM “A REAL PLACE” April 27, 2017
      Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse spoke with Anthrax bassist Frank Bello. Portions of the interview appear below. Pulse: For All Kings came out over a year ago. What are your thoughts on the album now? Frank Bello: It’s like looking at something that’s a labor of love. It’s something that I’m very, very... Read more
    • CELEBRITIES AND MUSICIANS JOIN THIRD ANNUAL “RIDE FOR RONNIE” MOTORCYCLE RALLY & CONCERT ON SUNDAY, MAY 7TH April 27, 2017
      The third Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Rally and Concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, is set for Sunday, May 7th, 2017, comprising a Motorcycle Ride through the streets of Los Angeles County and an afternoon of live music. Last year’s Ride For Ronnie event raised over $50,000 for... Read more
    • ANTHRAX DEBUTS “CARRY ON” LIVE AT L.A. “KILLTHRAX” SHOW April 24, 2017
      This past Saturday, Anthrax closed the show at the sold-out Los Angeles “KillThrax” tour stop and those in attendance witnessed an exclusive treat, the band’s first-ever live performance of Carry On, their cover of the classic Kansas song. With shout-outs from fans for the band to play the song at the “KillThrax” shows, airplay on... Read more
    • 4/22: THE PRETTY RECKLESS, ICE T AND STYX ALL COMING TO TRUNKNATION THIS WEEK April 22, 2017
      This Monday 4/24 on TRUNKNation a big show! 2-3P ET Ice T will be in studio to talk about the new Body Count album and more. Then 3-4P ET Taylor Momsen and Ben Phillips on The Pretty Reckless will be in studio. Join us live on SiriusXM channel 106. The entire show replays 9-11P ET... Read more
    • WARRANT STREAMS “PERFECT” April 21, 2017
      As previously reported, Warrant will release their new album, Louder Harder Faster, on May 12th. The band is currently streaming the song, Perfect, which can be heard below. With a line-up featuring original members, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, and Steven Sweet along with singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love), Warrant are... Read more
    • ZAKK WYLDE’S BLACK SABBATH COVER BAND, ZAKK SABBATH, TO RELEASE “LIVE IN DETROIT” EP ON JUNE 16TH April 21, 2017
      Zakk Sabbath, the all-star Black Sabbath cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson and drummer Joey Castillo, will release a limited-edition EP, Live In Detroit, on June 16th via Southern Lord Recordings. The three tracks comprising Live In Detroit were captured at the band’s thundering performance at The Fillmore in […]
    • STYX TO RELEASE THEIR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN 14 YEARS, “THE MISSION,” DUE OUT JUNE 16TH April 21, 2017
      Welcome one and all to The Mission, Styx’s sonically sweet 16th studio album and its most ambitious, most challenging, and most rewarding release to date. Please take note of the official stardate, as The Mission has duly been set for liftoff June 16th on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. Fans can pre-order the album... Read more
    • FORMER PANTERA BASSIST REX BROWN DEBUTS NEW SINGLE “CROSSING LINES”, ALL NEW LP, “SMOKE ON THIS…,” OUT JULY 28TH April 21, 2017
      Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown has debuted an all new single titled Crossing Lines, exclusively via Loudwire.com. Rex Brown will release Smoke On This… on July 28th, 2017 via Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Listen to Crossing Lines below. “My motto these days is ‘Shake some s–t up,'” Brown declares about the new LP. “I’ve... Read more […]
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    • New Music Videos: SZA debuts “Love Galore”, Little Dragon just want to “Celebrate” April 28, 2017
      Four head trips followed by one with a message, the videos on our list this week will have your mind working. New Music Videos: SZA debuts “Love Galore”, Little Dragon just want to “Celebrate” by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
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Best Albums of 2016: Matt Woosey – Desiderata

Posted by falconi5 on March 26, 2016


Matt Woosey – Desiderata (Rating 4 out of 5)

mattwooseyA years in the making and should-be overnight sensation after the release of Desiderata, his eighth album, U.K. based Folk Blues guitarist Matt Woosey seems ready to take both sides of the pond by storm.

Pastoral enough to be soothing, but not sleep inducing, this is a wonderfully diverse listen that floats around in the ether between a more exciting John Martyn, a less depressing Elliot Smith and Father John Misty. The guitar work is dazzling with “Who Do You Love” as a sterling example, and the lyrics are moving, thoughtful, and introspective with “Always Be the One” as a standout.

Sometimes, my glass is half empty, sometimes, my glass is half full/Sometimes, I fill it right to the top, sometimes I don’t drink at all/ Sometimes I like to be on the road my friends, sometimes I like to be at home/I always carry your kiss on my lips, so I never feel alone/ Sometimes I  crave silence sometimes I crave Rock and Roll/Sometimes I feel like a wise man, sometimes I feel just like a fool/ And you will always, you will always, you will always be the one/Always be the one.

The best thing about this album is the way it seems to be almost ageless. “Mystified” could have been a Fairport Convention Song, and “Lighthouse” with its early era Van Morrison vibe, could be a song played by a hipster shoegaze band at the Austin South by Southwest music festival.  “Lovin’ Me Ain’t Easy” is a dynamic piano based favorite where Woosey brings the vocals to the front, and is perfect album closer, while “You and Me” seems to mine the same territory as Dawes and The Avett Brothers.

There is no bad egg in this hen-house. At 8 songs in length, it is a perfect afternoon or early evening listen.  And now, after reading that his influences are Rory Gallagher, Tim Buckley and Roy Buchanan among others, it seems like this might be a good time to enter the way back machine and explore his back catalog.

God Speed.

 

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One Response to “Best Albums of 2016: Matt Woosey – Desiderata”

  1. Jeff said

    Thanks for the nice review. Looking to get Matt over to the US soon so please get in contact if you can help or advise.

    Kind regards

    Jeff Barnes – Manager

    jeffbarnes@mattwoosey.co.uk
    +44 (0) 7802 265290
    http://www.mattwoosey.co.uk

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