The best storytellers often arent the ones who have had the wildest experiences; theyre the ones who have experienced things we all have, and can articulate them in a way we havent yet figured out ourselves. They give us a new vocabulary for talking about ourselves and our world. Thats the gift William Matheny presents to us.
Matheny, a West Virginia native and longtime keys player for Athens, Ohio, indie heroes Southeast Engine, has broken out on his own with Strange Constellations, his debut 11-song solo collection out February 24, 2017, which might more than anything provoke the question: Why not sooner?
William Matheny would best be classed as a songwriters songwriter--the kind of composer who gets the melody just right every time, and the kind of lyricist whose turns of phrase bring an involuntary grin. Once youve heard his deft songcraft, you might feel cheated that he withheld it so long.
If you werent listening to the lyrics of Mathenys songs, theyd be plenty appealing already: Jackson Browne pop hooks alternate with alt-country tunes that might call to mind Drive-By Truckers. At times, his delivery recalls a twangy Craig Finn. But then, if you werent listening to the lyrics, youd be doing it wrong.
Storyteller, songwriter--William Matheny is the kind of artist who garners instant respect from other artists, even as he makes songs so effortlessly catchy. We could resent that he didnt arrive with this collection sooner, but lets instead celebrate that hes here with it now.
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