Matt Scott is a singer-songwriter from Ayrshire and if you want to find out a little more about him then have a look at an Interview I did with him back in March http://www.newhellfireclub.co.uk/news/2017/3/24/nhc-music-chats-to-matt-scott-thomas-neil this isn’t the first time I’ve had the opportunity to review his music either, if anyone is interested then feel free to check out a review I did his older EP http://www.newhellfireclub.co.uk/news/2017/4/13/matthew-scott-stairway-songs-from-hillfoot-avenue-rutherglen-thomas-neil I suggest you listen to it because it’s a fantastic collection of tracks, so I was really excited to have a chance to review his latest release ‘Whoever That Is’
‘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 thorough 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 that rich twang of his accent, and it lends a sense of honesty to the bluesy folk sound that he makes. I really liked this track, and 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, is that this song especially is a pub song, the kind of thing you’d hear in some swinging wee bar, 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; there’s 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 in particular 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 there you go, that’s what I think about ‘Whoever That Is’ and if you want to grab yourself a copy then follow this link http://mattscott1.bigcartel.com/ and if you want to hear more from the man himself then check out his bandcamp http://mattscott1.bandcamp.com/ and finally follow him by clicking this link for the latest updates http://www.facebook.com/mattjamesscott/