Matt Elliott

NEWS


BIO

There are records with empathy, records which are your friends and then there’s the others… There might be little difference between them, a certain «je ne sais quoi», an «almost nothing but still something» which makes the difference between almost pointless and vital records. Despite, or rather thanks to his cynical despair, Matt Elliott’s music never holds up a moralizing mirror to us – on the contrary, it creates a compassionate dialogue with listeners like the rhythm of two steps that synchronize to become as one.

In 2016, Matt Elliott brought out his seventh solo album The Calm Before’ whose obscure title is neither exactly threatening nor comforting… the calm before what? Before the storm for sure but maybe also before the great record, the immediate classic we felt might be coming for a long time in the dual discography of the Bristol-born artist working under his own name and his electronic alias Third Eye Foundation. The elegant details and perspectives of Little Lost Soul (2000) already hinted at the upcoming masterpiece from the English singer-songwriter.

‘The Mess We Made’ (2003) was Matt Elliott’s first solo album and portrayed a universe in a kind of flight towards Balkan horizons made up of visceral despair. With the Songs trilogy, he put aside the electronic side of his work to continue working with a minimalist, stark and lucid style of writing. The Broken Man’ (2012) was full of tears and long laments sometimes carried by Katia Labèque’s piano on a record which painted new shades of grey. On this record Matt began working with the producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist David Chalmin (‘La Terre Invisible’) who has kept on collaborating with the Bristol-born singer since then. Their partnership continued on Only Myocardial Infection Can Break Your Heart’ (2013) and The Calm Before’ (2016).

Stéphane Grégoire is the head of the Ici D’Ailleurs label which has accompanied Matt Elliott since 2005 and perhaps he describes this album the best: «This new record by Matt is without a doubt his best album to date, a record that takes him into another dimension where he fully asserts himself as a songwriter and singer of the calibre of artists like Bill Callahan, Leonard Cohen or Johnny Cash

Matt Elliott’s other records all seemed like empathic links between each other. Farewell To All We Know’ is an instant classic based on the sensitive piano and superb arrangements of David Chalmin, the sensitive cello of Gaspar Claus, the subtle bass of Jeff Hallam (who has also played with Dominique A and John Parish). There is a clear form of alchemy in all of this and still we find Matt Elliott’s usual atmospheres and scenery, the same Eastern European folk music, long songs that take time to settle over time. Everything is the same but also is transfigured. By making his music stark and purifying and redefining the subject matter, Matt Elliott’s work became so much more delicate. However this work is never frail nor really turned in on himself and thus becomes like a vital tune that vibrates and unfolds.

LINE-UP
Matt Elliott : voice, guitar


LINKS


PRESS


CONTACT

Booking France : amaury.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com

Promo: jp[at]martingale-music.com

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Farewell to all we know

    Farewell to all we know

    Ici d'Ailleurs2020
    CD / LP / DL
  • The Calm Before

    Ici d'Ailleurs2016
    CD / LP / digital
  • The Mess We Made (reissue)

    Ici d'Ailleurs2013
    Double LP
  • Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart

    Ici d'Ailleurs2013
    CD, LP, Digital
  • The Broken Man

    Ici d'Ailleurs2011
    CD / LP / Digital
  • Howling Songs

    Ici d'Ailleurs2008
    CD / LP / Digital
  • Failing Songs

    Ici d'Ailleurs2006
    CD / LP / Digital
  • Drinking Songs

    Ici d'Ailleurs2005
    CD / LP / Digital
  • The Mess We Made

    Domino2003
    CD / LP / Digital

Past shows

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  • 15/05/2020FranceLilleL'Aéronef (ANNULÉ)Scout Niblettinfos event
  • 19/03/2020BelgiqueBruxellesLe Palace (ANNULÉ)infos event
  • 16/11/2019FranceBourg-lès-Valence (26)Médiathèque la Passerelleinfos event
  • 15/11/2019FranceGigors-Et-Lozeron (26)Gigors Electricinfos event
  • 09/08/2019SuisseGenève (CH)Festival les Aubes Musicales
  • 08/06/2019FranceNancyFestival StéréolitheRamona Cordova, Will Guthrieinfos event
  • 11/05/2019FranceGérardmerMaison de la Culture et des Loisirsinfos
  • 10/05/2019FranceVendenheim (67)MédiathèqueMerve Salgar & Ross Heseltoninfos event
  • 21/02/2019FranceFeyzin (69)L'épicerie Moderneinfos event
  • 09/11/2017FranceParisFestival Monte le Son, Bibliothèque Musicale de Parisinfos event
  • 08/11/2017BelgiqueCharleroiPoint CultureJesus is my son, Everyone is Guiltyinfos event
  • 07/11/2017FranceLilleL'Antre 210000 Russosinfos event
  • 05/10/2017ItalieCagliariKarel Music Expoinfos
  • 21/07/2017FranceNancyLa MachineOVPDD, Etienne C event
  • 25/06/2017FranceParisFestival BD6Né, Médiathèque Marguerite Durasinfos event
  • 24/05/2017FranceColmarLe Grilleninfos event
  • 19/05/2017FranceRivières (Tarn)Piscine d'Aiguelèze event
  • 10/02/2017SuisseVernier - GenèveFestival Antigel, Le Templeinfos event
  • 09/02/2017FranceLyonLe Bal des Fringantsinfos
  • 08/02/2017FranceAurillacFestival Hibernarockinfos event
  • 05/02/2017FranceBouguenais les Couêts (44)Chez l'habitant
  • 04/02/2017FranceTrignac (44)Festival Folk en Scènes, Centre Culturel Lucie AubracBaptiste W. Hamoninfos event
  • 03/02/2017FranceBord de Loire, proche NantesLa DéhaleMy Name is Nobody event
  • 21/01/2017FranceMontpellierLe Black Sheep event
  • 20/01/2017FranceMarseilleL'Eolienne event
  • 19/01/2017FranceToulonHôtel des Artsinfos
  • 13/01/2017FranceArgenteuilLa Cave DimièreL'Etrangleuseinfos event
  • 08/12/2016FranceNantesMadame Rêve event
  • 26/10/2016FranceDijonFestival Novosonic, l'Atheneuminfos
  • 13/10/2016FranceMontpellierLes Internationales de la Guitare, The Black Sheepinfos
  • 12/10/2016FranceParisPetit BainLunainfos event
  • 11/10/2016FranceCaenMaison de l'Etudiant event
  • 30/09/2016FranceDunkerqueFestival We Will Folk You, 4 Eclusesinfos event
  • 02/09/2016FranceRivières (81)(ANNULE) Festival Baignade Interdite, Piscine d'AiguelèzeSourdure, Vegan Dallas, Gwyn Wurst, Tomagainfos event
  • 08/06/2016FranceMetzLes TrinitairesTortoiseinfos event
  • 07/05/2016FranceSarregueminesLe Terminusinfos
  • 28/04/2016FranceVilleurbanne/LyonLe TransbordeurMichel Cloup Duoinfos event
  • 16/04/2016SuisseMôtiers (Ch)Les MascaronsAdvaïta event
  • 27/03/2016FranceParisLe Café de la DanseVictor Herreroinfos event
  • 26/03/2016FranceTincques (62)L'Auréole Béthencourt event
  • 25/03/2016Grande-BretagneLondon (Uk)The Laughing BellRhosyninfos event
  • 24/03/2016BelgiqueBruxelles (Be)Centre Culturel Le BrassStranded Horseinfos event
  • 23/03/2016FranceNancyMédiathèque
  • 17/03/2016FranceStrasbourgStimultaniainfos event
  • 09/03/2016SuisseLausanne (Ch)Le Romandie Rock ClubStranded Horse & Boubacar Cissokhoinfos event
  • 08/03/2016FranceMarseilleData event
  • 01/03/2016FrancePauLa Ferronnerie event
  • 29/02/2016FranceClermont-FerrandLe 101Enfant sauvage + Pray for the Soul of Francis Charles & Sean B. Goldringinfos event
  • 05/02/2016FranceParisFestival Au Fil des Voix, L'AlhambraGabby Young & Other Animalsinfos event
  • 11/11/2015ItalieCatania (It)Etcetera Festival, Palazzo Biscari, Salone delle FesteJosh T. Pearsoninfos
  • 16/10/2015FranceLa Roche-sur-YonFestival International du Film, Fuzz'Yoninfos
  • 12/09/2015FranceSaint-Lô (50)Pôle Hippique, Haras Nationalinfos
  • 06/07/2015FrancePibrac (31)Festival des Intimités, Cinéma Utopia TournefeuilleMichel Cloup event
  • 30/05/2015FranceCherbourgLe Point du Jourinfos event
  • 16/05/2015FranceDiedendorf (67)Atelier François Génotinfos event
  • 02/05/2015FranceWroclaw (Pl)Asymmetry Festival 2015, Klub Firlejinfos
  • 16/01/2015FranceArgenteuil (95)La Cave DimièreJim Rosemberginfos
  • 13/11/2014Grande-BretagneLondon (UK)Cafe OtoPeter Walkerinfos event
  • 08/11/2014Grande-BretagneOxford (UK)Audioscope Festival, The Jericho TavernSilver Apples, The Telescopes...infos event
  • 07/11/2014Grande-BretagneCardiff (UK)Clwb Ifor BachRatatosk, Rokainfos event
  • 05/11/2014Grande-BretagneBristol (UK)Exchangeinfos event
  • 20/09/2014FranceRuoms (07)Festival Heart of Glass, Heart of Gold Taulard, 2 Boules Vanille, Golden Teacher, Hookworms, Jenny Wilson, La Femme, Omar Souleyman, Public Service Boadcasting, Moodoidinfos event
  • 30/08/2014FranceMarseilleFestival des ArtGoNotes, Théâtre Les Argonautes event
  • 29/08/2014FranceBuis les BaronniesGalerie Pierre & Renéeinfos
  • 08/08/2014AllemagneFriedrichshafenKulturuferinfos
  • 13/07/2014FranceCulles-les-Roches (71)Festival Festicullesinfos event
  • 06/05/2014FranceBoucau (64)La Maisoninfos event
  • 20/04/2014FranceRoubaixLa Cave aux PoètesVsinfos event
  • 20/03/2014FranceReimsPalais de Tau, Festival Equinoxeinfos event
  • 19/03/2014FranceLyonMarché Gareinfos event
  • 18/03/2014FranceMulhouseNoumatrouffinfos event
  • 12/03/2014FranceParisPoint ÉphémèrePillars & Tonguesinfos event
  • 15/02/2014FranceSaint-LôLe Normandyinfos
  • 14/02/2014FranceLorientLe ManègeBarbarossainfos event
  • 08/02/2014FranceToulouseLa DynamoAlone With Everybodyinfos event
  • 07/02/2014FranceLa RochelleLa SirèneLe Prince Miiaouinfos event
  • 06/02/2014FranceBordeauxI.BoatFauneinfos event
  • 05/02/2014FrancePoitiersConfort ModerneMichel Cloup duoinfos event
  • 15/12/2013FranceRennesL'AntipodeRamona Cordovainfos event
  • 01/12/2013Pays-BasUtrecht (NL)Le Guess Whoinfos event
  • 29/11/2013FranceVendenheimMédiathéque Tomi Ungererinfos event
  • 21/11/2013FranceParisLe Café De La DanseEloïse Decazes et Eric Chenauxinfos event
  • 16/11/2013FranceNamur (be) Le Belvédère infos event
  • 15/11/2013FranceAmiens La Briqueterieinfos event
  • 14/11/2013BelgiqueBruxelles (be) Le Botanique infos event
  • 10/11/2013ItaliePadova (It)Grind House - Club ARCI event
  • 09/11/2013ItalieBologna (It)Freakout event
  • 08/11/2013SuisseDelémont (ch)SASSean Noonan A Gambler's Handinfos event
  • 06/11/2013FranceMetzTrinitaires - Festival 'Musiques Volantes' Orval Carlos Sibeliusinfos event
  • 30/10/2013FranceNancyHome Sweet Home Session #11 (en appartement)infos event
  • 11/05/2013FranceBrestConcert en appartement
  • 10/05/2013FranceBrestLa CarèneMendelsoninfos event
  • 27/04/2013CréteilMaison des Artsdans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzycielinfos
  • 26/04/2013CréteilMaison des Artsdans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzycielinfos
  • 25/04/2013CréteilMaison des Artsdans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzycielinfos
  • 24/04/2013CréteilMaison des ArtsDans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzycielinfos
  • 18/04/2013FranceLorientThéatre de LorientDans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzycielinfos
  • 17/04/2013LorientThéatre de LorientDans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzycielinfos
  • 13/04/2013NiceThéatre Nationaldans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzyciel infos
  • 12/04/2013NiceThéatre NationalDans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzycielinfos
  • 11/04/2013NiceThéatre National Dans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzycielinfos
  • 06/04/2013St Quentin en YvelinesThéatre de St Quentin en YvelinesDans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzycielinfos
  • 05/04/2013St Quentin en YvelinesThéatre de St Quentin en YvelinesDans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzycielinfos
  • 04/04/2013St Quentin en YvelinesThéatre de St Quentin en Yvelinesdans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzyciel infos
  • 21/03/2013FranceReimsLa Comédie de Reimsdans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzyciel infos event
  • 20/03/2013FranceReimsLa Comédie de Reimsdans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzyciel infos event
  • 14/03/2013FranceVireLe Préau (Centre dramatique Régional) dans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzyciel infos event
  • 09/03/2013FranceValenciennesLe Phénix (Scène nationale)infos event
  • 08/03/2013FranceValenciennesLe Phénix (Scène nationale)dans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzyciel infos event
  • 07/03/2013FranceValenciennesLe Phénix (Scène nationale) dans le cadre du spectacle 'La Mouette' de Tchekhov, musique de Matt Elliott, mise en scène de Arthur Nauzyciel infos event
  • 20/02/2013FranceParisEglise St EustacheNarrow Terence event

NEWS

BIO

There are records with empathy, records which are your friends and then there’s the others… There might be little difference between them, a certain «je ne sais quoi», an «almost nothing but still something» which makes the difference between almost pointless and vital records. Despite, or rather thanks to his cynical despair, Matt Elliott’s music never holds up a moralizing mirror to us – on the contrary, it creates a compassionate dialogue with listeners like the rhythm of two steps that synchronize to become as one.

In 2016, Matt Elliott brought out his seventh solo album The Calm Before’ whose obscure title is neither exactly threatening nor comforting… the calm before what? Before the storm for sure but maybe also before the great record, the immediate classic we felt might be coming for a long time in the dual discography of the Bristol-born artist working under his own name and his electronic alias Third Eye Foundation. The elegant details and perspectives of Little Lost Soul (2000) already hinted at the upcoming masterpiece from the English singer-songwriter.

‘The Mess We Made’ (2003) was Matt Elliott’s first solo album and portrayed a universe in a kind of flight towards Balkan horizons made up of visceral despair. With the Songs trilogy, he put aside the electronic side of his work to continue working with a minimalist, stark and lucid style of writing. The Broken Man’ (2012) was full of tears and long laments sometimes carried by Katia Labèque’s piano on a record which painted new shades of grey. On this record Matt began working with the producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist David Chalmin (‘La Terre Invisible’) who has kept on collaborating with the Bristol-born singer since then. Their partnership continued on Only Myocardial Infection Can Break Your Heart’ (2013) and The Calm Before’ (2016).

Stéphane Grégoire is the head of the Ici D’Ailleurs label which has accompanied Matt Elliott since 2005 and perhaps he describes this album the best: «This new record by Matt is without a doubt his best album to date, a record that takes him into another dimension where he fully asserts himself as a songwriter and singer of the calibre of artists like Bill Callahan, Leonard Cohen or Johnny Cash

Matt Elliott’s other records all seemed like empathic links between each other. Farewell To All We Know’ is an instant classic based on the sensitive piano and superb arrangements of David Chalmin, the sensitive cello of Gaspar Claus, the subtle bass of Jeff Hallam (who has also played with Dominique A and John Parish). There is a clear form of alchemy in all of this and still we find Matt Elliott’s usual atmospheres and scenery, the same Eastern European folk music, long songs that take time to settle over time. Everything is the same but also is transfigured. By making his music stark and purifying and redefining the subject matter, Matt Elliott’s work became so much more delicate. However this work is never frail nor really turned in on himself and thus becomes like a vital tune that vibrates and unfolds.

LINE-UP
Matt Elliott : voice, guitar

LINKS

PRESS

DISCOGRAPHIE

  • Farewell to all we know

    Farewell to all we know

    Ici d'Ailleurs2020
    CD / LP / DL
  • The Calm Before

    Ici d'Ailleurs2016
    CD / LP / digital
  • The Mess We Made (reissue)

    Ici d'Ailleurs2013
    Double LP
  • Only Myocardial Infarction Can Break Your Heart

    Ici d'Ailleurs2013
    CD, LP, Digital
  • The Broken Man

    Ici d'Ailleurs2011
    CD / LP / Digital
  • Howling Songs

    Ici d'Ailleurs2008
    CD / LP / Digital
  • Failing Songs

    Ici d'Ailleurs2006
    CD / LP / Digital
  • Drinking Songs

    Ici d'Ailleurs2005
    CD / LP / Digital
  • The Mess We Made

    Domino2003
    CD / LP / Digital

CONTACT

Booking France : amaury.muraillesmusic[at]gmail.com

Promo: jp[at]martingale-music.com