As an artist dropped into the world of 90s alternative rock music, Eric Matthews has always been swimming against the tide somewhat.
Choosing to dabble in orchestral pop music in a time where the lo-fidelity, ragged DIY aesthetic reigned supreme, Matthews has always been an acquired taste but for the dogged and brave that did come through to closer inspect what Matthews has to offer, it has always been a blessing and a reward!
Too Much World is Matthews’ 7th album in over 20 years – since the highly acclaimed It’s Heavy in Here (1995) and it bears all the hallmarks of what diehard fans have come to appreciate from the singer-songwriter.
Sophisticated (and sometimes offbeat) song structures, ornate arrangements and a proclivity towards an experimental approach to pop music. Songs like “Dragonfly” and “Pink” emphasise complex melodies over accessibility while tracks like “Exactly Like Them” and “Factual Extreme” reveal an art-rock sensibility with influences that range from Scott Walker to XTC.
For lovers of left-field pop music that ironically makes heavy references to 60s and 70s orchestral pop opuses. Essential listening for anyone that gives a fuck about true pop music.
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