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 Misery Folk, ballads and blues, plus a touch of Cymrucana and contemporary classical thrown in for good measure.
With headline shows in the UK, Europe and US under his belt, as well as fronting BBC Introducing favourites Climbing Trees and indie-folk duo Hazel & Grey, the Rhondda Valley musician has released five albums, one mini-album, two EPs and sixteen singles to date across a number of projects since his 2012 debut solo EP Venus & Mars, with tracks being picked up by the likes of Netflix, Sky and ITV along the way.
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.
Spawning five singles in total, Frederick’s debut solo studio album Fragments was released via Staylittle Music a fortnight into the UK’s first Lockdown, a record on which he plays each and every instrument. Country-tinged lead single Tell Me was playlisted by the BBC as well as gaining airplay from Amazing Radio, while the late-summer haze of Hay-on-Wye quickly became his most-streamed track on Spotify. The delicate nostalgia of piano-led Pink Blossom Snow was followed by an ambitious quest to find every Laura Jones across the globe, before latest offering and long-time live favourite Leave The Light On rounded off an unusual 2020 with a first BBC Radio 1 solo spin courtesy of fellow Welshman and new music enthusiast Huw Stephens.
An eventful 2021 witnessed the long-awaited return of the Trees with standalone single Troubling Times as well as a spontaneous sixty-six day expedition which saw Frederick become the first man from Penygraig to walk the coast of Wales – the seeds of a second solo album springing forth en route – before rounding the year off on keys for Martin Carr of The Boo Radleys, with a nineteen-date UK tour stopping off at a sold out Brixton Academy as part of The Charlatans’ 30th Anniversary Tour.
The first half of 2022 saw Frederick take The Belated Fragments Tour across Wales at long last for his first solo shows in two years, before a summer run of festivals and a return to the studio to record new material ahead of the forthcoming Obsolete tour, scheduled for the autumn of 2023.
“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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