Rhondda Valley, Wales, UK — Monday, July 27th, 2020 — With headline shows in the UK, US and Europe under his belt, as well as fronting Welsh Music Prize-nominated Cymrucana pioneers Climbing Trees, MATTHEW FREDERICK has released five albums, two EPs and fourteen singles to date across a number of projects since his 2012 debut EP Venus & Mars, with tracks being used by Netflix, Sky and the BBC, among others.
The Rhondda Valley musician continues his solo crusade this summer with Laura Jones, the fourth single from his critically-acclaimed debut studio album Fragments, released earlier this year via Staylittle Music
Recorded in isolation at Mwnci Studios in Hebron, Carmarthenshire alongside an album on which Frederick plays each and every instrument, Laura Jones tells of teenage romance and a lost love who was the talk of the town, with the artist’s ability to craft a story through the song once again on display following country-tinged lead single Tell Me, playlisted by the BBC as well as gaining airplay from Amazing Radio, the late-summer haze of Hay-on-Wye, which quickly became Frederick’s most-streamed track on Spotify, plus the delicate nostalgia of longtime live favorite Pink Blossom Snow, ahead of fifth and final single Leave The Light On, set for release later in 2020.
The current single has already left many, including Cwtch News, wondering the whereabouts of Laura Jones, with a free download of the track on offer for anyone that shares their name with the song’s protagonist.
“Matthew Frederick should now be recognized as one of Wales’ finest songwriters and performers”
New Sound Wales
“A cross between Bob Dylan’s 1960’s storytelling and Bruce Springsteen’s 1970’s rabble-rousers”
“Fragments is one of the finest albums to come out of Wales in the last five years”
From The Margins
“Some incredible material in his armory at the moment … it’s a quality, quality record”
Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio
“It’s like the first rays of spring sunshine that’s endured a lot over the winter months”
Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
Following solo shows in the UK as well as further afield in Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the USA during 2019, Frederick has made the unexpected transition to streaming from home during the past couple of months, with recent performances available via his website’s dedicated Live Streams page, ahead of a planned return to the live circuit for a rescheduled album launch show at Cardiff’s St John The Evangelist Church alongside Ofelia and Jodie Marie on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020.
Fragments, featuring Laura Jones alongside previous singles Tell Me, Hay-on-Wye and Pink Blossom Snow plus forthcoming release Leave The Light On, is available to stream and purchase on CD, Limited Edition Cassette and Digital via Bandcamp at https://matthewfrederick.bandcamp.com/album/fragments
MATTHEW FREDERICK fuses an early love of classic singer-songwriters with more recent influences to create a distinctive and timeless blend of acoustic pop, indie folk, ballads and blues, with a touch of Cymrucana and contemporary classical thrown in for good measure.
With headline shows in the UK, US and Europe under his belt, as well as fronting BBC Introducing favorites Climbing Trees, the Rhondda Valley musician has released five albums, two EPs and fourteen singles to date across a number of projects since his 2012 debut EP Venus & Mars, with tracks being used by Netflix, Sky, and ITV, among others.
Alongside numerous festival (Green Man, The Hay Festival) television (BBC, S4C) and radio (BBC Radio 1, 6 Music) appearances, Frederick has also recorded at London’s iconic Maida Vale Studios, performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and was shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize following the release of the Trees’ much-anticipated second album Borders, before releasing his critically-acclaimed debut solo studio album Fragments in April 2020 via Staylittle Music.