Fragments • The Debut Studio Album Out Now via Staylittle Music
CD, Limited Edition Cassette and Fragments Bundle available exclusively via Bandcamp!
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 favourites Climbing Trees, the Rhondda Valley musician has released five albums, two EPs and fifteen singles to date across a number of projects since his 2012 debut solo 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 and critically-acclaimed Borders.
A fortnight into the UK’s first Lockdown in the spring of 2020, Staylittle Music released his debut solo studio album Fragments, a record on which Frederick plays each and every instrument, spawning five releases in the form of 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 his most-streamed track on Spotify, the delicate nostalgia of piano-led Pink Blossom Snow followed by a quest to find every Laura Jones across the globe, plus latest offering and long-time live favourite Leave The Light On, which rounded off an eventful (and uneventful) year with a first solo spin on BBC Radio 1 courtesy of fellow Welshman and new music enthusiast Huw Stephens.
“So good… So beautiful… So pretty”
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
“Matthew Frederick should now be recognised 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"
“Little slices of perfect pop (albeit tinged with a folk and country flavour), chock-full of hooks and melodies destined to take up residence in the subconscious … a hugely enjoyable collection of beautiful songs”
"As I sit back listening to Fragments, I am transported to another world ... this is a real guitar-playing showcase"
Fresh On The Net
"It’s like the first rays of spring sunshine that’s endured a lot over the winter months"
Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
“Some incredible material in his armoury at the moment … it’s a quality, quality record"
Charlie Ashcroft, Amazing Radio
“A sheer delight ... if music pushes buttons, then this certainly pushes mine. Quite superb!"
“Fragments is one of the finest albums to come out of Wales in the last five years”
From The Margins
"A wonderful collection of songs ... each moment feels free and effortless"
Indie Band Guru
“A thing of beauty that gets better and deeper with every listen”
The Metaphorical Boat
“One of the names to look out for”
“Delicate and beautiful”
“Listen, melt, repeat”
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