Singer-songwriter with a new direction
Golden-voiced singer-songwriter Matheson moves on to a new level with this album; she’s made simple, solo records and she’s made exquisite harmony records with the quartet Waking The Witch but this is different again.
Here, her delicate songs are fleshed out, taking them in a different direction. Drums drive the subtle music along, a sound that treads the line between Gaelic and contemporary lounge folk. Violins, cello and squeezebox provide colourful cameos in thoughtful songs, mostly about relationships, and the strings often swell into full string arrangements.
Matheson has never been shy in her list of friends (she has worked with Clive Gregson, and supported the likes of Roy Harper and the Saw Doctors) and here, chums from leading acts in the alt-folk world (Snapdragons, Crosscut Saw, O’Hooley And Tidow) help out. They create a charming and intelligent sound around material that is all self-penned (apart from one new song by Boo Hewerdine); it is a sound that could easily take Matheson over into the mainstream and possibly even the big time. Nick Dalton