UK pop quintet Matthew & Me hail from Totnes, Devon, a small town with a sizable arts community. Their music is a mix of folk and orchestral pop. On their new EP Golden Charms singalongs refrains sit comfortably next to restrained piano, organ and pastoral electronics in the title track.
The vocals of Matthew Board and Grace Billings meld together as one in the gentle September, but it's adventurous Letters that will make you sit up and take notice. A bit of prog, muffled drums and beautiful, tinkling single guitar notes that give way to power chords.
Recommended if you like the Beautiful South and Belle and Sebastian.
Matthew & Me:
Matthew Board: lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitar
Grace Billings: keyboards, vocals
Andrew Hopper: guitar
Sam Craigan: bass
Lucy Fawcett: drums
The Golden Charms EP is released via Blanket Records. Release date: June 16th.Tracks:
- Golden Charms
- Rose To Find
- 06/20 The Great Hall, Totnes
- 07/10 Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (w/ The Sea & I), London
- 07/11 X & Y Festival (w/ The Family Rain), Liverpool
- 07/18 Larmer Tree Festival, Salisbury
- 07/24 Port Eliot Festival, St. Germans
- 08/03 Lime Wood (w/ Nizlopi, Bird Courage), New Forest
- 08/29 Bicton Festival, Devon
- 09/18 South Devon Arts Centre, Totnes