Matthew And The Atlas

Matthew and The Atlas is the alias of British musician Matt Hegarty. He uses a beguiling mix of fresh electronics and classic acoustic sounds to reel you right in…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 30 Apr 2014
  • min read
If fresh sounding folk and beguiling electronic beats are your thing, then Matthew and The Atlas are a group potentially playing your songs.

After releasing two EPs of lovely Americana on Communion Records back in 2011 and touring with chums-turned global stars Mumford and Sons thanks to backing from the PRS for Music Foundation, Matt retreated to his studio to craft a new collection of songs.

He set about recording them last summer and emerged wide eyed and blinking with Other Rivers, his fully formed debut album again released via Communion.

Produced by Story Books' Kristofer Harris and Bear's Den/Communion's own Kev Jones, the ten song long player shows off Matt’s masterful way with a song.

Across the record, he mixes up his love of English folk and west Coast harmonies with more experimental leanings into electronica. With such a clever balance of ideas and emotion, the LP offers a full colour sketch of his musical ideas. US contemporaries Bill Callahan, Justin Vernon are comparisons but check out the Zane Lowe-endorsed magic of Pale Sun Rose if you’re looking for a way in.

Along with our 30 seconds interview, it’s the perfect introduction to a great British songwriting talent…

I first started writing music because…
It’s addictive.

I have been making music since…
2007.

My music is…
The shape of a minor chord.

You'll like my music if you listen to...
It…

My favourite venue is…
Wilton Music Hall or SPACE in Evanston.

Music is important because…
It helps on long train journeys. Makes washing the dishes less boring.

My biggest inspiration is…
Space and time. Marmite.

My dream collaboration would be…
Working on music to film. David Lynch, Paul Thomas Anderson, Darren Aronofsky.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Pale Sun Rose.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Wondering what went wrong.

In 10 years time I want to be...
Not wondering what went wrong.

Matthew and the Atlas play at London, Dingwalls tonight (30 April) and the Fleece in Bristol tomorrow (1 May).

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