EP Review: Matt Scott – Whoever That Is

Matt Scott 'Whoever That Is' Album Artwork

Matt Scott is a blues/folk musician and singer/songwriter from Ayrshire and you can find out more about him by checking out this interview I did with him a while back. I’ve also reviewed other examples of his music which you can check out here and here. Today I’ll be reviewing his EP ‘Whoever That Is’ which was released on the 20th July 2017.

‘Whenever it is Lost’ is the first track on the EP and despite being more of an Intro for the second track I bloody loved it, something about the folksy energy it managed to pack into roughly a minute was impressive and it got me to smile after a laptop crash so it must be worth a wee listen.

‘Love Me Honey Love’ is first off a fantastic name for a track, something about the phrasing made me think ‘faster pussycat kill kill’ probably just the short quick phrasing, I’d just like to say though that’s the only comparison I’m drawing between the EP and that movie though. My first though listening to this track was one I’d had a few weeks previously when reviewing an EP for a Edinburgh based singer called Lou McLean, she very deliberately kept Her accent while singing, and so does Matt Scott, from word one you get the rich twang of his accent, and it lends a sense of honesty to the bluesy folk sound that Matt makes. I really liked this track, as much as I liked his previous EP he’s improved a lot since then and it’s only made me more excited for what he does in the future. I was trying to think how to describe this song, and the best I could come up with, and I hope this is taken as the compliment it’s meant to be, this song especially is a pub song, the kind of thing you’d hear in some swinging wee pub, its real and genuine and brilliant.

‘You Cried’ is the third track on the EP and it really fills the room, I’ve always loved the sound of the harmonica, it might remind many people of homespun Americana music but Matt Scott’s accent make this an undeniable Scottish track. ‘You Cried’ taps into some of the same stuff as the previous track but it does it differently showing that Matt knows how to shake it up when he’s playing.

‘I was out All Night’ is the final track on the EP and it changed up the game again, it didn’t sound like the previous tracks, and I think that was a good way to finish the EP, no chance to get used to a specific style, you get forced to pay attention and you remember it. I’ll admit  that happened with me, I found this track especially was stuck in my head for days after I listened to it. As I said before the first stuff I heard from Matt Scott which was his ‘Stairway songs from Hillfoot Avenue, Rutherglen’ EP was good but this kicks it up a level, and I’m really glad I got the chance to listen to it.

So that’s what I thought of Matt Scott’s EP ‘Whoever That Is’ and if you want to check that out for yourself then head on over to Bandcamp. Make sure and support Matt Scott by following him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

First Published on: www.newhellfireclub.co.uk


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