I wasn't the only one to fall for Matador. My good friend Craig from the band Flash Talk was also on to it and he asked if he could write a guest blog on it. So here it is...
Guest blog by Craig Douglas
The fucking 90's!!
- A time of endless possibility.
- A time before smart phones.
- A time when you had to wear shirts ten times too big for you because they didn't make cool clothes for teenagers.
- A time when the NME seemed to bring news of a new music revolution weekly.
- A time for hero's: Blur, Oasis, Nirvana, Radiohead
- A time for pure shite: Northen Uproar, Kula Shaker and fucking Menswear!
With Matador, his second solo album, Gaz Coombes has (I'm a big enough boy to admit this) proved me wrong. Opening track Buffalo switches from sparse piano led verse to a menacing chorus filled with yearning lyrics, ethereal backing vocals and thunderous drums. A compelling start which leads into one of the albums (and the artist's) highlights, 20/20 is an epic piece of songwriting with a truly soulful vocal and a melody that Brian Wilson's dad would give him a slap for.. a total journey of a record with the perfect mix of light and shade.