New Scott Matthews single ‘My Selfless Moon’ is the fourth to be lifted from his latest album ‘New Skin’, an album that came to fruition when the Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter was forced to scale a musical Everest due to Covid-19, setting himself the challenge of writing his very first electronica album.

‘My Selfless Moon’ is a gentle dreamscape of Brian Eno-esque electronica built with haunting synthesizers, chiming electric guitars, subtle yet bold organic drum beats and Matthews’ characteristic warm, soulful, soaring vocals. Matthews’ experimental journey into the electronic has created a soundscape of mesmeric, dreamlike alchemy in ‘My Selfless Moon’.

On the new single, Matthews explains, “My Selfless Moon is a song that has existed for at least 15 years. I recall finishing my debut album, Passing Stranger, back in 2005 and sketching the basic idea to the track not long after those sessions. With each record I always felt the song never quite bonded with my albums – post Passing Stranger – until now. Equally, I never knew this song had always needed an electronic twist for it to truly blossom.

Lyrically, words didn’t form until 2019. Dealing with a tone of fragility, I wrote the chorus line “I bend, I bow more weak than strong. Carefully the fragile break, tender from the night, I’m her fear; I’m miles from moonlit sky, guiding her blind”. When you strive for the perfect marriage of music and words, it’s worth the wait.”, he adds.

The song’s boldness comes in the space Matthews creates and the intricate detail of its seemingly minimalist composition that is at times reminiscent of the space-like vision of The Album Leaf, while at other times echoing the heartbreak of Beck’s Sea Change. ‘My Selfless Moon’ is one of the new album’s standout tracks, an instantly alluring sonically stunning gem, that shows Matthews has well and truly mastered a new genre with ‘New Skin’.

‘New Skin’ was released earlier in the year to much acclaim including BBC 6 Music breakfast show airplay and rave reviews from the likes of MOJO, Uncut, The Scottish Express Prog Magazine, RNR Magazine, The Upcoming and more. Alongside the new single release and fresh from supporting Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant’s Saving Grace at major shows in the summer, Matthews is also now set to take ‘New Skin’ on his own headline tour dates this Autumn / Winter.

On the tour and performing live again Scott said, “It’s felt like a long time coming for these new songs to be heard where I intended them to be heard, especially having finished ‘New Skin’ back in August 2020. I always envisaged the electronic beats and rhythmic pulses bouncing off the walls of an old 14th century chapel, something that sounds incongruous but has always intrigued me. With seven studio records having fled their nests, I can’t wait to play the songs that have changed my mind-set towards composition, harmony, texture, lyrical content and my whole being as a songwriter.”

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Scott Matthews Tour Dates:

Fri 01-Oct-21      UK          Porthcurno         Minack Theatre

Sun 03-Oct-21   UK          Chester               St. Mary’s Church

Wed 06-Oct-21 UK          Liverpool             Leaf

Tue 12-Oct-21   UK          Leeds                 Brudenell Social Club

Wed 13-Oct-21 UK          Glasgow              Oran Mor

Thu 14-Oct-21   UK          Edinburgh           Voodoo Rooms

Sat 16-Oct-21    UK          Manchester        St. Michael’s Church

Wed 20-Oct-21 UK          Brighton              Unitarian Church

Thu 21-Oct-21   UK          Ashford               St Marys / Revelation Ashford

Fri 22-Oct-21      UK         Cardiff  St. John’s Church

Sat 23-Oct-21    UK          Bristol                St. Stephens Church

Tue 26-Oct-21   UK          Guildford            Holy Trinity Church

Wed 27-Oct-21 UK          Isle of Wight      Quay Arts Centre

Thu 28-Oct-21   UK          Newton Abbot  Newton Abbot Church

Sat 30-Oct-21    UK          Sheffield             Upper Chapel

Sun 31-Oct-21   UK          Swansea             The Swansea Fringe Festival

Thu 25-Nov-21  PT           Lisbon                            Auditório Carlos Paredes

Fri 26-Nov-21     PT           Caldas da Rainha                CCC Caldas da Rainha

Sat 27-Nov-21   PT           Ponte de Lima                Teatro Diogo Bernardes

Sun 28-Nov-21   PT           Porto                             M.Ou.Co – held

Thu 03-Feb-22   UK          Cambridge          Portland Arms

Fri 04-Feb-22     UK          Shrewsbury        St. Marys Church

Sat 05-Feb-22    UK          Stowmarket       John Peel Centre

Sat 12-Feb-22    UK          London              Union Chapel

Sun 13-Feb-22   UK          Birmingham       St. Pauls

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