I first heard Matthew and the Alas on the Communion Record, you can read my review of it here. His track Deadwood, although it wasn’t a standout for me is beautifully fitting on the record and encouraged me to listen to more. I was sent his EP recently and was very pleasantly surprised at how much I like it. Matthew Hegarty has a voice which Ben Lovett described as a ‘UK cross between Bon Iver and Ray LaMontagne’. On many of the tracks on this EP, his voice is beautifully accompanied by the voice of Lindsay West, particularity on the track ‘Within the Rose’. Lindsay West is also a solo artist, you can listen on her myspace here. The opening track ‘I Will Remain’ is easily the stand out track, a upbeat folk song with a Mumford feel. ‘Veins of Your History’ has a particular Bon Iver feel to it, accompanied some haunting backing vocals and brass solos. The final track ‘In Winter’ is a stunning, slow but hopeful end to the EP. I am very much looking forward to hearing more.
He has some UK tour dates coming up, but none up north. Go to his myspace here. For those in London, on the 14th April he is having an EP launch at the Lexington run by Communion. There is also support from The Mariners Children, who were my New Treat a while ago, see here. And also the beautiful Elena Tonra and James Moss. For Folk’s Sake are also DJing. It looks to be a pretty good night! The EP is available from April 12th. Below is a video of Deadwood which is his track from the communion record.
Best Tracks: ‘I Will Remain’ and ‘In Winter’