Scott Matthew
»For Dick«
Haldern Pop Festival 2008

Born in Australia, he played punk pop with his band Nicotine before emigrating to New York in 1997, teaming up with Morrissey's drummer Scott Cobrin in Elva Snow. The bearded Mathew also composed music for Japanese Animes and was responsible for the 'Shortbus' soundtrack, an independent cinema production, featuring Yo La Tengo amongst others. Some of these songs can be found, albeit in reworked versions, on his solo album. Matthew's voice echoes that of a young Scott Walker, particularly when backed by horns. The effect, however, is closer to chamber music: guitar, piano or ukelele, glockenspiel, strings, brass and a hint of bass culminate in his inimitable brand of folk. Pure minimalism, no drums but everything he needs to get his message across. There is something of the Tindersticks in his solemn, fervent songs, laced with the magic of inescapably complex, exotic melodies and harmonies.
(Haldern Pop »Datt Blatt«)

Scott Matthew (occasionally credited as Scotty Matthew) is a vocalist and lyricist born in Queensland, Australia. He currently resides and performs as an independent artist in New York City.

Scott Matthew was a member of the alt pop band Elva Snow, which he co-founded with ex-Morrissey member Spencer Cobrin. Two songs from their self-titled debut album, which boasted Matthew on vocals and Cobrin on drums, piano, guitar and composition, were included in feature film soundtracks; “Hold Me” was featured in 2004's The Last Run, directed by Jonathan Segal and starring Fred Savage, and “Could Ya” made an appearance in the 2005 film Splinter, directed by Kai Maurer. After the dissolution of Elva Snow, Matthew performed with the band Songs to Drink and Drive By under the free-base mp3 label Comfortstand.

Scott Matthew is perhaps best known to the public for his vocal contributions to the soundtracks of the anime series Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex and the anime film Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' On Heaven's Door, both produced by composer Yoko Kanno, among whose fans he is very well-received as one of several faithful vocal collaborators. His performance of the alt-rock song "Lithium Flower", featured as the ending song for season one of Stand Alone Complex, garnered him national exposure in Japan as well as the United States when the show was aired on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block. Matthew also wrote the lyrics to "Go Where No One's Gone Before", the main theme for the anime series L/R: Licensed by Royalty performed by Billy Preston.

Matthew recently received additional exposure as a result of his contributions to the original soundtrack of John Cameron Mitchell's dark sexual comedy Shortbus. The soundtrack includes six of Matthew's songs.

Scott Matthew's vocals have been described as warm, sultry and a little androgynous. Aside from singing, he has also exhibited notable talent playing the ukulele and the guitar.

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This song was recorded live
at the Mirror Tent
at Haldern Pop Festival 2008

Video: SpringerParker
Sound: Modo Bierkamp

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