A sense of space permeates every second of Matador’s thirty-nine minutes. From the astral gorgeousness of ‘The Girl Who Fell To Earth’ to the dream-like cadences of ‘Oscillate’, it’s the sound of a songwriter melting musical boundaries like snow; merging elements of Neu!, Disney musicals, Swedish psychedelicists Goat, Gyorgy Ligeti and Eno in a glacial soundscape as ambitious as it is beautiful.
The result is an album in the classic sense. Matador is the sound of one of Britain’s greatest songwriters facing the future with a flourish.
Gaz Coombes’ second solo album – Matador – is due for release on January 23rd 2015. The self-produced follow up to 2012’s Here Come The Bombs was recorded in Gaz’s home studio and Courtyard Studios in Oxfordshire. Everything on the record was played by Gaz (except drums on four tracks by Loz Colbert, synths on ‘Buffalo’ by Charly Coombes; backing vocals across the record come from Beverlei Brown and Faith Simpson). The album features the 2013 single ‘Buffalo’.
The full tracklisting for Matador is:
3. The English Ruse
4. The Girl Who Fell To Earth
6. Needle’s Eye
7. Seven Walls
9. To The Wire
10. Is It On?
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Gaz Coombes tours Europe in February 2015. The dates are:
4th Bristol Fleece
5th Brighton Old Market
6th London Queen Elizabeth Hall
7th Oxford O2 Academy
9th Birmingham Glee Club
10th Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre
11th Manchester Gorilla
13th Hamburg Rock Café
14th Berlin Frannz Club
16th Amsterdam Bitterzoet
17th Brussels Botanique
18th Paris La Maroquiniere
Fans can get early access to tickets and pre-order signed copies of the album this Wednesday 19th November. Tickets are on general sale on Thursday 20th November.