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Covid-19 was the catalyst that forced Scott Matthews to scale a musical Everest with his recently released seventh album ‘New Skin’. The Ivor Novello award winning songwriter set himself new challenges, digging deeper than before to find new ways to communicate through song and the result is a stunning heartfelt album steeped in gorgeous electronica.
The reaction to ‘New Skin’ and its direction has been overwhelmingly positive with Radio X and BBC 6 Music breakfast show airplay and glowing reviews from the likes of MOJO, Uncut, Prog, RNR Magazine, Scottish Daily Express, Hot Press, The Upcoming and many more. The album’s inquisitive exploration showing Matthews’ love of Brian Eno and Cocteau Twins in its DNA has slowly but surely won over his fans and critics alike.
The album also caught the ears of former Cocteau Twins member Simon Raymonde who has invited Matthews to perform at his next ‘Lost Horizons’ show, Steve Marriott’s daughter Mollie who has given Matthews a slot at this year’s 'Dear John' Lennon tribute concert in September in aid of War Child UK and also Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant who has invited Matthews to open for his Saving Grace tour at major shows this summer.
Robert Plant featured on Matthews’ sophomore album ‘Elsewhere’ back in 2009, speaking on the collaboration and the new tour dates, Matthews said, “It’s wonderful to rekindle our friendship and to be sharing the stage again with a rock and roll icon of the 20th century! Robert is someone I respect a great deal and it’s inspiring to witness his drive, incessant hunger and desire in his search for the next song.”
Scott will also headline his own UK / European tour later this year in October with which he is excited to debut the tracks from ‘New Skin’ in a live setting for example new single ‘Our Time’. ‘Our Time’ sums up ‘New Skin’ perfectly, it’s an instantly affecting emotional song, shrouded in electronics, that starts to snowball epically at around the two-minute mark. On the inspiration behind ‘Our Time’, Matthews says “I wanted to unravel the beauty and complexity of the human heart; the fragility of a perfect moment in an imperfect world; to frame a snapshot of the life of two lovers. The baritone guitar, electronic beats and swelling sythesizers give this song its many layers of emotion”.