THE Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis will host Ivor Novello award-winning singer-songwriter Scott Matthews in one of its first events after reopening in May.
The outdoor concert on Theatre Square will be held on Thursday, May 20 with Scott performing tracks from his latest album ‘New Skin’.
Introspective and reflective, combining blues and folk, mixing the ethereal with the empyrean, Matthews is a musical alchemist who transforms base metal to gold.
He has expanded his sonic palette while making his new record, introducing new moods and musical textures as he addresses universal truths.
Having broken through with the much-loved ‘Passing Stranger’ and more recently mastered the delicate art of one-man-and-a-guitar music with sparse musicianship and an otherworldly falsetto, through the records ‘Home Pt I’, ‘Home Pt II’ and ‘The Great Untold’, Matthews is travelling along new roads.
Waves of electronica are matched with big, chiming electric guitars as Matthews finds different colours for his canvass.
“It’s been a welcome diversion to work on my seventh record,” he said.
“For the first time in the making of any of my records, I have given myself a very clear blueprint and can hear how every song should sound given the limitations I have set myself.”
Matthews’ new record will feel sparse with an air of electronic minimalism. There will be less instrumentation than on earlier works; with percussion, strings and woodwind being replaced by a world of emotive synthesisers and pulsing drum grooves.
Rehearsing in his local church, he’s been testing himself, pushing himself far outside his normal comfort zone as he explores new sounds and ways of making music.
He commented: “In many ways, it’s like starting again. I feel reborn in an oscillating world.
“The fact that the music is so different forces me to sing and write lyrics in a pleasingly unexpected way, it breathes a whole new energy into my approach and song-writing ethos. There’s a pulsating dynamic, which I’m captivated by.”
Matthews what set to tour the UK in November but dates were pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Marine Theatre is now gearing up to welcome him having been given the green light to reopen in May.
Matthews added: ““It will be one man and a guitar with a wave of electronica washing over me. I am fascinated by thought provoking sounds and how they totally immerse the listener and encourage them to dig a little deeper into their being.
“I think these songs will prick people’s ears up. They’ll keep people on their toes and hopefully their electronic grace will sweep them off their feet too.”
Matthews will be supported in this outdoor concert by Elijah, chief songwriter in The Gravity Drive, whose songs have been championed by BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and in MOJO Magazine.
His solo debut album ‘Surrender To The Void’ has just been released.
The concert will be held on Thursday, May 20 with the bar opening at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets cost £16 in advance or £18.50 on the door – for more information or to book visit www.marinetheatre.com/scott-matthews