Matthew Frederick

FRESH: ‘Hay On Wye’ – Matthew Frederick

Matthew Frederick is back with “Hay On Wye”.

by Christopher Smith

With two critically-acclaimed albums, one EP and five singles under his belt as the frontman of Welsh Music Prize-nominated Cymrucana pioneers Climbing Trees, Matthew Frederick continues his solo crusade this Autumn with his latest single “Hay-on-Wye”, the second offering from forthcoming debut studio album “Fragments”.

Following the June release of lead single “Tell Me” – which the Rhondda Valley musician proclaimed his ‘most upbeat miserable song yet’ – “Hay-on-Wye” is a much more relaxed affair. A delicate, nostalgic number, the clarity of specific memories listed in the lyrics contrast with the late-Summer haze of the instrumentation, and captures perfectly the essence of the sleepy Welsh border town in three minutes of indie-folk bliss.

After recently rounding off another jam-packed summer festival season following a maiden US headline show earlier in the year, Frederick heads to Europe for a run of Climbing Trees shows at the end of September, where he’ll also be opening with a number of solo sets – visit his official website for a full list of upcoming shows. Released via Staylittle Music and distributed by PYST, “Hay-on-Wye” is available to stream and download exclusively via Bandcamp from Monday September 16th 2019 ahead of its release across all major digital platforms on Friday September 20th 2019.

Singer, songwriter, composer and Climbing Trees frontman, Matthew blends an early love of Billy Joel and Elton John with more recent influences including Ben Folds and John Grant. With live shows in the UK, US and Europe under his belt, the South Wales musician has also made numerous festival, television and radio appearances – gaining airplay from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music amongst others – as well as recording at London’s iconic Maida Vale Studios, performing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and being shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize following the release of the Trees’ second album, the much-anticipated and critically-acclaimed “Borders”.

For more about Matthew, check out his WEBSITE and his FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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