IAIN MATTHEWS

IAIN MATTHEWS ~ The Art of Obscurity FLED 3096

fled 3096The Art of Obscurity, Mr. Matthews’ first new release in his staggering fifth decade of recording and performing music, and his first solo album in many years, was recorded in Austin, Texas with producer Bradley Kopp (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Tish Hinojosa). The 12 tracks highlight Iains’ knack for acoustic folk with jazzy undertones — capped off by his rich singing voice and reflective and insightful lyrics.

Iain proudly declares that The Art of Obscurity “absolutely sits up there with my four or five finest recorded moments.” In the sleeve-notes, he states, “The Art of Obscurity will be my last solo album. It will however, not be my final recording. Music is in my blood. Music motivates me. Music is my mistress.”

“The realization that The Art of Obscurity is my 25th solo album prompted me to do some deep thinking about where I am, where I’m going and what I still want to achieve from this life in music. In my heart I feel vital and passionate about the creative process and that my best work is the next one I finish. It doesn’t necessarily work out that clean, but for me, it can be the only touchstone.”

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IAIN MATTHEWS ~ The Art Of Obscurity FLED 3096

In 2014 Fledg’ling Records will celebrate
our 20th anniversary and our 100th release:

We are very proud to announce the release on January 27th of
IAIN MATTHEWS stunning new solo recording – The Art Of Obscurity.

American Songwriter magazine says “don’t let the self-effacing title of The Art of Obscurity deter you from discovering Iain Matthews, one of music’s lost treasures.”

The Art of Obscurity, Mr. Matthews’ first new release in his staggering fifth decade of recording and performing music, and his first solo album in many years, was recorded in Austin, Texas with producer Bradley Kopp (Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Tish Hinojosa). The 12 tracks highlight Iains’ knack for acoustic folk with jazzy undertones — capped off by his rich singing voice and reflective and insightful lyrics.

Iain proudly declares that The Art of Obscurity “absolutely sits up there with my four or five finest recorded moments.” In the sleeve-notes, he states,The Art of Obscurity will be my last solo album. It will however, not be my final recording. Music is in my blood. Music motivates me. Music is my mistress.”

“The realization that The Art of Obscurity is my 25th solo album prompted me to do some deep thinking about where I am, where I’m going and what I still want to achieve from this life in music. In my heart I feel vital and passionate about the creative process and that my best work is the next one I finish. It doesn’t necessarily work out that clean, but for me, it can be the only touchstone.”

Longtime Matthews fan Ian Clayton declares: “The songs on this album are mainly self penned or written in collaboration with with the Dutch pianist Egbert Derix. Iain muses on overheard murmurs, shifting sands, ghostly changes and on his own boyhood. The second song here “When I Was A Boy” recalls the steam train whistles and stinging thistles, the football matches at the old showground, home of his beloved Scunthorpe United. He tackles the “Sweet Hereafter” thinks about “Ashes On The Wind” and older and wiser now tells us that he knows “The Emperor’s New Clothes” when he sees them. But for now, in one of the best of his more recent songs, he’s “Just A Pebble In The Road” waiting to be turned over.”

Track list:
Ghost Changes
2  When I Was A Boy
3  Music
4  Time Zone Cowboy
5  Ash In The Wind
6  The Letter (1944)
In Paradise
Ode for Jackie Paris
9  The Emperor’s New Clothes
10  Pebble In The Road
11  The Sweet Hereafter
12  Home (pt.2)

In North America The Art Of Obscurity will be released by our chums at Omnivore Recordings.

IAIN MATTHEWS & EGBERT DERIX ~ In The Now FLED 3092

Iain Matthews has found a musical soul-mate in the Dutch jazz composer and pianist Egbert Derix. The majestic second collaborative album from the pair focuses around some remarkable new songs. Matthews draws deep upon his recollections of London in the swinging ‘sixties – When The Floyd Were On The Prowl and some powerful reflections upon life now – Pebbles In The Road and Joy Mining.
“Derix has an unerring sense of the perfect melody and chords.”

“So just put this on and light a fire, open a bottle of something warm and curl up with a loved one. It’s not quite Sinatra’s mid-50’s Capitol concept albums, but it’s pretty damn close.”

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IAIN MATTHEWS A Complete (?) Discography

This discography attempts to list the original release of all the recordings which feature IAIN MATTHEWS. All catalogue numbers refer to UK releases unless otherwise noted. Subsequent reissues are only included if they include additional material. Please write if you spot any errors or omissions. Thanks.

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IAIN MATTHEWS

Iain Matthews was born Ian Matthews McDonald on June 16th 1946 in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, into a family with two younger brothers. After leaving school he started working as an interior decorator / signwriter before moving to London in 1966. As one of the vocalists in a British surfing band Pyramid he recorded a single for Deram Records called The Summer of Last Year in 1967. Prior to joining the band, Iain worked in Ravel’s shoe shop in London’s famous Carnaby Street. Through producer Joe Boyd he learnt of a vacancy for a vocalist in Fairport Convention, which he joined in 1967 before they had recorded (and before Sandy Denny joined them). He appeared on the group’s first single If I Had A Ribbon Bow, released on the Track label and on their self-titled debut album for Polydor. Fairport Convention then moved to the hip Island Records label. With Judy Dyble replaced by Sandy Denny, the group released their early breakthrough album What We Did On Our Holidays. Matthews left the group during the recording of mid-1969’s Unhalfbricking, because it had become obvious to everyone that the group’s new-found traditional folk-rock direction would involve him far less than its previous contemporary “underground” work.

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IAIN MATHEWS & SEARING QUARTET ~ Joy Mining

Many years ago, singer Iain Matthews agreed to be interviewed for the Hokey Pokey newsletter. With great kindness he answered all the questions from the cub reporter, effecting not to be disappointed by the reporter’s repetition of the same old questions. Hokey Pokey eventually led, in a round about fashion, to the Fledg’ling label. You can imagine how proud we are to be releasing Mr Matthews’ latest recording. In Iain’s opinion it is the best record of his career. Artiste’s often say that, but in the case of Joy Mining he may well be right.

Iain Matthew’s career has been a long and illustrious one, journeying from Pyramid, through Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong to a remarkable series of poetic solo albums. On paper, his collaboration with the Searing Quartet is a strange pairing. Egbert Derix is an established jazz composer, from the Netherlands and Iain Matthews’ roots, have taken hold in contemporary singer/songwriter circles. However, if we break down these borders, look deeper and think in terms of quality, rather than genres, it’s a musical marriage made in heaven. The pair first came together in 2003, touring with a live version of Matthew’s legendary 1970 solo album “If You Saw Thro’ My Eyes”. Plans were made at the time to forge a writing partnership, only for it to be capsized by other career commitments. But not before they had two new songs in the bag and the realization that an ease and understanding of the writing process existed between them.

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