Matt Elliott

Matt Elliott

Discography

 

As we are now celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of The Third Eye Foundation's Semtex, one of the most influential drum & bass albums of its time, it is worthwhile revisiting the career of Matt Elliott, its composer. Matt was not even 16 while he decided to stop his studies to devote himself to his passion for music, getting a job at the famous Revolver records shop, and deejaying in Bristol clubs he wasn't legally allowed to enter at this age.

Then, and before this press release becomes too boring, we can mention that he's been a professional artist for 20 years now, being requested by John Peel for a BBC session calling him at his own place, was signed on Domino Records in 1997, was asked for official remixes for Tarwater, Blonde Redhead, Mogwai, Ulver or Thurston Moore, who later invited him to play under the NYC Brooklyn Bridge, he was one of the few artists involved in the reunion of Silver Apples and then touring with them in the US, toured as a choir singer aside Yann Tiersen around the year 2010, and played hundred of shows as Matt Elliott over UK, Germany, France, Japan, Greece, Italy and Spain/Portugal for years. To finish this name dropping part, let's notice that he played the greatest festivals such as Primavera and Tanned Tin in Spain, Incubate & Le Guess Who in the Netherlands, and the infamous All Tomorrow's Party in the UK.


Now, let's get back to the music, as the new Matt Elliott album The Calm Before, its seventh under his own name, is about to be released digitally on february 5th, and physically on march 4th, 2016. Matt has once again requested producer David Chalmin and the musicians appearing on his previous record, the more optimistic Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart (2013), to deliver six new masterpiece songs following the "A Beginning" intro.

While one could consider these new songs are a logical continuum to his previous records, a deeper listen reveals a strong work of both the musical and lyrical content, showing once and for all what Matt Elliott's art is about. Folk guitar virtuosity playing influenced by mediterranean countries as well as eastern Europe countries, songs starting from whispered melodies to full noisy storms, his deep and strong voice reaching another singing level, and his tendency to avoid any well known way of making the music, writing epic anthems.


But one should also consider Matt's poetry as an art on its own. We tried to ask him to develop the themes of these new songs, but Matt hates talking about his lyrics, preferring to leave the meanings of the songs open to interpretation. But we took everyone and everything Matt loves and put them in a room and threatened it with fire until he actually told us what the hell the songs on "The Calm Before" are about. Here's the result : "'The Calm Before' is obviously a reference to the expression 'The calm before the storm'. The song itself is about those points in life when a storm arrives, be it a circumstance or a person & the mix of feelings, turbulence, trouble that comes with it but a storm also brings something, it clears the air & can push you into a new situation."

Matt Elliott was brought up in a religious household & as a result like anyone who has had a religious upbringing he is deeply psychologically disturbed. 'The Feast of St. Stephen' is a self explanatory song about his thoughts about his childhood & the psychological pressures, abuses and manipulations present in all social groups in organised religion.

To him : "'I Only Wanted to Give You Everything' needs no explanation, the lyrics are clear and the music expresses the frustrations of rejection. 'Wings & Crown' is a song about those who ride high oblivious to the precariousness of their power. It discusses a grand fall from grace & can be about wishing a prominent corrupt politician to fall"." It's pointless to underline that the topic can also refer to some egotistical artist, and as it's often the case, this song is probably about Matt himself.

Matt continues : "'The Allegory of the Cave' is very obviously about Plato's famous allegory and if you don't know that then you should probably just give up and walk into the desert… . But seriously the allegory is about humanity in relationship to the great universe and what lies beyond the Pale. Plato reasoned that humanity is like a man in a cave who's hands are bound and that the universe is projected onto the wall of the cave and although man can see the shadows, unable to turn, he can only guess at what they represent. The song is an existential ramble, are we just a bunch of cells? Will, what makes our minds, carry on after death?". As an agnostic, Matt would argue that we simply cannot know. In typical pessimistic fashion, Matt argues that both returning in another life to repeat all the suffering and pain we endure and facing an eternal void are both ideas too tragic to contemplate. That guy seems to never be happy.


However, Matt Elliott delivers with "The Calm Before" another masterpiece, adding a precious stone in his path through contemporary folk music.


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TO COME  :

26-06-2016 • Lublin • (PL), Sound of Words Festival

02-07-2016 • Gamzignano • (IT), Just Like Heaven Festival

03-07-2016 • Parma • (IT), Buuio

04-07-2016 • Jesi (Ancona) • (IT), private concert

06-07-2016 • Florence • (IT), Estate a San Salvi c/o Chille de la Balanza

07-07-2016 • Pesaro / Fano • (IT), In6ore c/o BagnAcciuga Ristoro

08-07-2016 • Milan • (IT), LoFi

 

PAST GIGS :

 

2016 :

05-02-2016 • Paris • (75), Festival au Fil des Voix

29-02-2016 • Clermont-Ferrand • (63), 101

01-03-2016 • Pau • (64), Ferronnerie

03-03-2016 • Madrid • (ES), El Sotano

04-03-2016 • Ourense • (ES), Pop Torgal

05-03-2016 • Lisbon • (PT), Casa Independente

06-03-2016 • Don Benito • (ES), Ricon Pio

08-03-2016 • Marseille • (13), Data

09-03-2016 • Lausanne • (CH), Romandie

10-03-2016 • Bologna • (IT), Freakout

11-03-2016 • Pordenone • (IT), Astro

12-03-2016 • Ljubljana • (SL), Layerjeva Hisa

13-03-2016 • Wien • (AT), Wohnzimmer-Konzerte

14-03-2016 • Prague • (CZ), Tchaiovna

15-03-2016 • Wroclaw • (PL), Firlej

16-03-2016 • Berlin • (DE), Acud Macht Neu

17-03-2016 • Strasbourg • (67), Stimultania

24-03-2016 • Bruxelles • (BE), CC Brass

25-03-2016 • London • (UK), Laughing Bell

26-03-2016 • Lille • (59), Auréole Béthencourt

27-03-2016 • Paris • (75), Café de la Danse

29-03-2016 • Thessaloniki • (GR), Mylos

30-03-2016 • Larisa • (GR), Monk

31-03-2016 • Volos • (GR), Labart

02-04-2016 • Athènes • (GR), Death Disco

09-04-2016 • Liège • (BE), Insert Name Festival

07-05-2016 • Sarreguemines • (57), Le Terminus

11-05-2016 • Düsseldorf • (DE), FFT

12-05-2016 • SHamburg • (DE), Nochtspeicher

15-05-2016 • Berlin • (DE), Roter Salon

08-06-2016 • Metz • (57), Les Triniatires

 

 

 

 

2015 :

16-01-2015 • Argenteuil • (95), La Cave Dimière

16-05-2015 • Diedendorf • (FR), Atelier de F. Génot

30-05-2015 • Cherbourg • (FR), Le Point du Jour

06-07-2015 • Toulouse • (FR), Cinéma Utopia (w/ Michel Cloup solo)

2014 :

05-02-2014 • Poitiers • (FR), Confort Moderne (w/ band)

06-02-2014 • Bordeaux • (FR), L'IBoat (w/ band)

07-02-2014 • La Rochelle • (FR), La Sirène (w/ band)

08-02-2014 • Toulouse • (FR), La Dynamo (w/ band)

14-02-2014 • Lorient • (FR), Le Manège (w/ band)

15-02-2014 • Saint-Lô • (FR), Le Normandy (w/ band)

20-02-2014 • Köln • (DE), King Georg (solo) (Billets)

21-02-2014 • Duisburg • (DE), Steinbruch (solo) (Billets)

22-02-2014 • Braunscweig • (DE), Hansa Club (solo) (Billets)

23-02-2014 • Desden • (DE), Beatpol (solo) (Billets)

24-02-2014 • Berlin • (DE), Roter Salon (solo) (Billets)

25-02-2014 • Nürnberg • (DE), Musikverein im K4 (solo) (Billets)

26-02-2014 • Heidelberg • (DE), Karlstorbahnhof (solo) (Billets)

27-02-2014 • München • (DE), Provisorium (solo) (Billets)

28-02-2014 • Bayreuth • (DE), Glashaus (solo) (Billets)

03-03-2014 • Torino • (IT), Blah Blah (solo)

04-03-2014 • Milano • (IT), 75beat (solo)

05-03-2014 • Roma • (IT), Init (solo)

06-03-2014 • Napoli • (IT), George Best M&F (solo)

06-03-2014 • Lyon (FR) Bibliothèque Part-Dieu,  Screening of "What a fuck am I doing on this battlefield", directed by Julien Fezans & Nicolas Peltier

07-03-2014 • Foligno • (IT), Chiesa di Betlemme (solo)

08-03-2014 • Offida (close to Ascoli) • (IT), Vinea (solo)

09-03-2014 • Carpi (Modena) • (IT), Mattatoio (solo)

12-03-2014 • Paris, opening for Pillars And Tongues • (FR), Point FMR (solo)

14-03-2014 • Paris (FR) La Gaité Lyrique,  Screening of "What a fuck am I doing on this battlefield", directed by Julien Fezans & Nicolas Peltier

18-03-2014 • Mulhouse • (FR), Noumatrouff (w/ band)

19-03-2014 • Lyon • (FR), Marché Gare (w/ band)

20-03-2014 • Reims • (FR), Palais de Tau, Festival Equinoxe (w/ band)

24-03-2014 • Thessaloniki • (GR), Mavri Trypa (solo)

26-03-2014 • Larisa • (GR), Stage Club (solo)

28-03-2014 • Athens • (GR), Tin Pan Alley (solo)

28-03-2014 • Vannes (FR) Cinéma La Garenne,  Screening of "What a fuck am I doing on this battlefield", directed by Julien Fezans & Nicolas Peltier,

07-05-2014 • Lugo • (ES), Clavicémbalo (solo)

08-05-2014 • Pontevedra • (ES), Bar Labranza (solo)

09-05-2014 • Xixón • (ES), Casino (solo)

10-05-2014 • Guarda • (PT), Teatro Municipal (solo)

12-05-2014 • Zamora • (ES), Berlín (solo)

13-05-2014 • A Coruña • (ES), Casa Tomada (solo)

14-05-2014 • Aveiro • (PT), Mercado Negro (solo)

15-05-2014 • Porto • (PT), Maos Habitos (solo)

16-05-2014 • Almendralejo • (ES), Salón de Teatres (solo)

17-05-2014 • Madrid • (ES), Fotomatón (solo)

18-05-2014 • Zaragoza • (ES), La lata de Bombillas (solo)

20-09-2014 • Ruoms • (07), Festival Heart of Glass, Heart of Gold

05-11-2014 • Bristol • (UK), Exchange

07-11-2014 • Cardiff • (UK), Clwb Ifor Bach

08-11-2014 • Oxford • (UK), Audioscope Festival, The Jericho

13-11-2014 • London • (UK), Cafe Oto

18-12-2014 • Madrid • (ES), Fotomatón bar - Sala de conciertos

19-12-2014 • A Coruña • (ES), Casatomada Asoc

20-12-2014 • Porto • (PT), Casa de musica - Sala 2 (w/ Legendary Tigerman)

2013 :

22-01-2013 • Genova • (IT), Spazio Targa

23-01-2013 • Padova • (IT), La Mela di Newton

24-01-2013 • Gambettola (FC) • (IT), Tressessanta

25-01-2013 • Jesi (ANCONA) • (IT), TNT club

26-01-2013 • Salerno • (IT), Mumble Rumble

27-01-2013 • Modena • (IT), Happen Club

28-01-2013 • Milano • (IT), Teatro Martinitt

10-05-2013 • Brest • (FR), La Carène w/ Mendelson

11-05-2013 • Brest • (FR), Home show

06-11-2013 • Metz • (FR), Les Trinitaires

08-11-2013 • Delemont • (CH), SAS

09-11-2013 • Bologne • (IT), Freakout

10-11-2013 • Padoue • (IT), Grind House

14-11-2013 • Bruxelles • (BE), La Rotonde

15-11-2013 • Amiens • (FR), La Briqueterie

16-11-2013 • Namur • (BE), Le Belvédère

21-11-2013 • Paris (FR), Le Café de la Danse

29-11-2013 • Vendenheim • (FR), Médiathèque (solo + projection d'un documentaire sur Matt Elliott)

01-12-2013 • Utrecht • (NL), Guess Who Festival

15-12-2013 • Rennes • (FR), L'Antipode (w/ band)

 

2012 :

 

20.01 Carpi (Mo) // Mattatoio

21.01  Valeggio sul Mincio (Vr) // Villa Zamboni

22.01  Forlì // Diagonal

23.01  Santarcangelo di Romagna (Rn) // live in the grotto

24.01  Torino // Blah Blah

25.01  Milano // Magnolia

27-01 • Nantes • Le Stakhanov w/ T.Beach

28-01 • Tours • le Temps Machine w/ Ramona Cordova

29-01 • St Ouen • 'Festival Mofo' , Mains d'Oeuvres

30-01 • Lille • la Péniche

02-02 • Castellon (sp) • Festival 'Tanned Tin'

08-02 • Pau • La Centrifugeuse

09-02 • Bayonne • Le Musée Basque

10-02 • Bordeaux • I-Boat

11-02 • Tulle • le Molière

16-02 • Besançon • La Cour des Miracles

17-02 • Grenoble • La Bobine *

18-02 • Arles • l'Église des frères Prêcheurs* /// ANNULE

19-02 • Marseille • l'Embobineuse*

23-02 • Chabeuil (26) • Festival 'Rencontres entre les Mondes # 8' Centre Culturel*

24-02 • Annecy • Festival 'Hors Pistes', salle Pierre Lamy w/ Mesparrow

08 Mar 2012 • DE • Dresden Thalia Kino

09 Mar 2012 • DE • Potsdam Hans Otto Theater

10 Mar 2012 • DE • Leipzig Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst

11 Mar 2012 • DE • Bamberg Morph Club

13 Mar 2012 • DE • Hildesheim Haus der Braut

14 Mar 2012 • DE • Berlin Kater Holzig w/ Zun Zun Egui

15 Mar 2012 • DE • Köln King Georg

16 Mar 2012 • DE • Esslingen Komma

17 Mar 2012 • DE • Mannheim Blau

22-03 • Chalon sur Saône • la Péniche 

23-03 • Vagney • L'Estaminet

24-03 • Lyon • Marché Gare w/ Dark Dark Dark

25-03 • Maubec (84) • La Gare de Coustellet w/ Dark Dark Dark

04-04 • Nancy • 'Ici d'Ailleurs Festival', l'autre Canal 

05-04 • Allonnes • 'Ici d'Ailleurs Festival', la Péniche 

06-04 • St Nazaire • le Vip

11-04 • Strasbourg • Festival des Artefacts à la Laiterie w/ mansfield.tya, Chapelier Fou

19-04 • Paris • Le Café de la Danse

21-04 • Toulon • 'Festival Faveurs de Printemps'

25-04 • Lausanne (ch) • 'Festival Impetus', le Bourg w/ Michael Gira

17-05 • Pisa • ITALIE • Stazione Leopolda 

18-05 • Bari • ITALIE • Socrate Occupato

19-05 • Cupertino (Lecce) • ITALIE • Arci Rubyk 

21-05 • Avellino • ITALIE • Godot

22-05 • Roma • ITALIE • Lanificio 159 

23-05 • Faenza • ITALIE • Clandestino 

26-05 • Dijon • Humanist Festival, le Consortium

27-05 • Vitoria • ESPAGNE • Ibu Hots

28-05 • Zamora • ESPAGNE • Sala Berlín

30-05 • Bragança • PORTUGAL • Museo do Abade de Baçal

31-05 • Aveiro • PORTUGAL • Mercado Negro

1-06 • Lisboa • PORTUGAL • Ritz Clube

2-06 • Leiria • PORTUGAL • Beat Club – Fade In Festival

3-06 • Porto • PORTUGAL • Serralves em Festa/Fundação Serralves

4-06 • Pontevedra • ESPAGNE • Bar Labranza

6-06 • Zaragoza • ESPAGNE • La Lata de Bombillas

7-06 • Gijón • ESPAGNE • Casino

8-06 • Madrid • ESPAGNE • Clamores

9-06 • Vic • ESPAGNE • Jazz Cava

10-06 • Barcelona • ESPAGNE • La 2

12-06 • Manresa • ESPAGNE • El Vermell

14-06 • Granada • ESPAGNE • Planta Baja

28-06 • Metz • Les Trinitaires 

17-08 • Nancy • L'Auditorium de la Pépinière

15-09 • Tilburg • HOLLANDE • Incubate Festival 

09-11 • Montbéliard • Le Moloco


2011:


Le 30 Septembre 2011 au Point Ephémère / PARIS

Le 1er Octobre à la Péniche du pianiste / LILLE

Du 14 au 25 Octobre :  Grèce

Le 16 Octobre au Mylos Club Thessaloniki / GRECE

Le 23 Octobre au Six D.O.G.S. à Athènes / GRECE

Le 19 Novembre : Tenerife (tbc) / ILES CANARIES

Le 2 Décembre : Barcelona / ESPAGNE

24.03. PARIS (FR) @ Café de la Danse

26.03. VENDENHEIM (FR) @ Médiathèque Tomi Ungerer

30.03. ZÜRICH (CH) @ Cabaret Voltaire

01.04. MONTELLANO (ES) @ Festival El Alternador

02.04. PORTO (PT) @ O Meu Mercedes

03.04. BRAGANÇA (PT) @ Museo do Abade de Baçal

04.04. ZAMORA (ES) @ Sala Berlín

07.04. MURCIA (ES) @ Sala Musik

19.05. BRUSSELS (BE) @ Festival Les Nuits Botanique

22.05. OSAKA (JP) @ Janus

26.05. NAGOYA (JP) @ Tokuzo

28.05. TOKYO (JP) @ O-nest

Press

Press quotes

Howling songs ends the trilogy (Drinking songs and falling songs) with a perfect achievement. The album describes a very personal musical that shows the talent of the artist'' (Sortir Ici - Lorient)

''Falling songs remains the masterwork of Matt Elliott. In fact before him, such a deep musical background had never been offered and developed (…) Howling songs tends towards the same direction'' (culturopoing)

''Howling songs ended the trilogy started in 2005 with Drinking songs then Failing songs, an unique adventure (M-La-Music)

''Howling songs the last part of the trilogy released by Ici D'Ailleurs concludes the homeric metamorphosis where the artist goes back to his Slavic origins'' (Nuke)

''Enjoying to play with our senses and emotions, Howling songs assures the increase in power of the author whose personality and writing skills continue to fine down and to grow up according to releases'' (Noise)

''This sentimental and strange guy used to trample on norms to create his own musical world in which he composes tremendous songs, full of anxiety and howling'' (Le petit bulletin)

''The listening of the album “Howling songs” will not leave you neither cold nor emotionless'' (Musiq)

''Matt Elliott who first started out in the electro music is an author, composer, arranger and real performer. In one piece he is able to mix melancholy and fury as well as melancholy and sound destruction'' (Not for tourists)

''The liberated and heart renting songs of the Album “Howling songs” do not take into consideration the commercial aspect and the radio adaptability. Compositions grow depending on the inspiration'' (Foutraque)

''Matt Elliott's music find its essential purpose in being both here as elsewhere'' (Indiepoprock)

Press review

To download The Calm Before press review (fr), please click here.

To download Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart press review (fr), please click here

To download The Broken Man press review (fr), please click here.

To download Failing Songs press review (fr) please click here.

To download Howling Songs press review (fr) please click here.

Biography

To download "The Calm Before" biography, please click here.

To download "Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart" biography, please click here

To download "The Broken Man" biography, please click here.