Matthew Edwards & The Unfortunates - The Fates

by Matthew Edwards & The Unfortunates

Accident 02:56
Ghost 03:13
Dizzy 03:06
The Imposter 03:43
The Liar 02:37
I Don't Care 03:11


Debut album by San Francisco / Birmingham UK based Matthew Edwards

In some ways a bracing listen – whatever Edwards may pull, punches aren’t one of them – The Fates is also a generous one, providing an abundance of finely lathed songcraft that tots out far beyond the cost of an LP, including shipping. Chief among its attributes, perhaps, is the broad swath of flavors presented on the (ahem..sorry) platter. This is music that, in posture and confidence, could find itself settling comfortably into a wide variety of settings, from a jazz afternoon in the Village circa Barefoot In the Park to a modern rock ‘n’ roll bar in San Francisco (where Edwards now makes his home) to, most archly, some tantalizing version of the Weimar Republic set in London and not Berlin. All the while droll, all the while literate, a coupling of adjectives that could not more point to the aforementioned suffusion of Britishness at work here were it leashed to Winston Churchill’s bulldog. Just to guard, one guesses, against any oversight on this matter on the part of the listener, Edwards himself just goes ahead and states as much on ‘The Way To The Stars,” proclaiming, with a mix of abashedness and bald-faced defiance, I’m English, so English, ridiculously, just prior to guest guitarist (on three tracks) Fred Frith arriving to tear the song apart from the inside out with a marvelous, meticulous efficiency. So English indeed.

At No.30


released November 1, 2014

2014 Metal Postcard
Matthew Edwards & The Unfortunates
Mastered By The Carvery (London)


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