Tune from forthcoming June album by the California-by-way-of-Birmingham (England) rocker.
By Michael Toland
Do you remember what it’s like to discover an artist that you had been waiting for your entire life but didn’t realize it? An artist who may have been around for a while but somehow eluded your notice, and makes you wonder how that could have ever happened? An artist who answers all the questions you didn’t know you had about music?
We had that revelation about British singer and songwriter Matthew Edwards a few years ago. The late, great Nikki Sudden published a review of The Words We Say Before We Sleep, the debut full-length album by Edwards’ then-band the Music Lovers, in Bucketful of Brains, and we had to track it down. It was love at first spin, and it felt like a love that had been there all along, just waiting to be awoken from its unknown slumber. The San Francisco band’s lovingly constructed blend of British guitar pop, pre-rock balladry, sardonic wit and emotional impact felt tailor-made for anyone looking for that perfect rock & roll balance of craft and heart.
The Music Lovers split after three albums, and Edwards formed his current band the Unfortunates, releasing that combo’s debut The Fates in 2012. We covered that album here, noting that it had “a new emotional urgency” that “elevates it into the sphere of an artist’s greatest statements.” Now we at last have Folklore, the long-awaited follow-up, written and recorded after Edwards left California for his hometown of Birmingham, England. As with The Fates, Folklore hews closely to Edwards’ established m.o., while expanding on its sonic possibilities. The rockers rock harder, the ballads dig deeper and the production pushes the music nearly into the realm of the psychedelic. Folklore is that rare album that keeps to tradition while also presenting a step forward, a diamond in the sea of coal.
Blurt is proud to bring you “When We Arrived at the Mountain,” a track equally representative of Edwards’ songcrafting excellence and the Unfortunates’ evolving sonic palette. Check it out:
Folklore comes out June 2 via Gare du Nord. The band has the following dates lined up, with UK festival dates and U.S. dates coming soon. Catch ’em online as well: http://www.matthewedwardsandtheunfortunates.com/
Sunday 14th May @ Come Down & Meet the Folks, The Apple Tree, Clerkenwell
Saturday 3rd June @ Centrala, Digbeth, Birmingham
Saturday 2nd September @ Moseley Folk Festival (2PM)