From a musical perspective the start to 2015 has been a glorious one. At ‘GIGsoup’ we’ve been handing out 3* and above awards, for album reviews, on an almost daily basis and that’s not about to change today. Sit back, relax and prepare yourself for a quite incredible release from ex-Supergrass front-man Gaz Coombs with his new LP ‘Matador’.

Coombes second solo LP is a “musical-melody-masterclass” (an observation on the structure of the music on show and not a new genre I’ve just created). It delivers impressive content throughout and importantly contains an element of indie-pop that will ensure old stalwart Supergrass fans remain interested. But this album also offers something more than the artist’s familiar concoctions. There are synths and glorious soulful backing vocals that pull each track in a slightly different direction but using clever production values to ensure that nothing ever feels out of place. And of course you have Coombes wonderfully unique vocals that bind it all together … the cream in this musical Victoria sponge.

Such is the quality of the release it’s almost impossible to highlight any particular track. However, if we were to (and of course we are about to) then the stand out track of the LP would have to be‘20/20’. With its wonderful Tom Yorke-esq mismatch section of drumming it sounds more like Radiohead than even Radiohead do at times, it also contains the sort of chorus that demands an immediate re-listen. And that’s not all…

This album tinkers and experiments throughout. Not so much that the artist loses his identity but enough to know that this release was well thought out and more considered than anything that’s gone before. It is so difficult to find fault with any of this material and this entire release is head and shoulders above anything in Coombes solo or Supergrass back catalogue.

Don’t expect musical flash-backs to the Brit-pop era. But do expect an accomplished collection of music that effortlessly transcends that period.

‘Matador’ is out now

You can see Gaz Coombes perform tracks from the wonderful ‘Matador’ LP at these venues…

February 4th February – Bristol Fleece BUY TICKETS

February 5th February – Brighton Old Market BUY TICKETS

February 6th February – London Queen Elizabeth Hall BUY TICKETS

February 7th February – Oxford O2 Academy BUY TICKETS

February 9th February – Birmingham Glee Club BUY TICKETS

February 10th February – Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre BUY TICKETS

February 11th February – Manchester Gorilla BUY TICKETS

The ‘Matador’ track-listing is…

‘Buffalo’

’20/20′

‘The English Ruse’

‘The Girl Who Fell To Earth’

‘Detroit’

‘Needle’s Eye’

‘Seven Walls’

‘Oscillate’

‘To The Wire’

‘Is It On?’

‘Matador’

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