Matt Berry – Phantom Birds (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

(Last Updated On: December 24, 2021)

Matt Berry – Phantom Birds (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 33:44 minutes | 425 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Acid Jazz UK

BAFTA award-winning Matt Berry has stared in number of high-profile televison series including: Toast Of London, The IT Crowd, and most recently, What We Do In The Shadows. He has released 6 solo albums and collaborate with the likes of Bond composer David Arnold, Jean-Michel Jarre and Josh Homme. His last album, TV Themes, was a UK Top 40 hit. Phantom Birds was ispired by a fascination with Bob Dylan’s album, John Wesley Harding, and the way it was recorded with the minimum of musicians to draw attention to the songs.

It’s clear from his music that Matt Berry is a dedicated record collector, the kind who gets deep into a given style and tries to track down everything possible that’s worth hearing. Each album he’s made sounds like the work of someone deep in the throes of a particular obsession: Kill the Wolf was British folk-rock, Music for Insomniacs was new age synthesizer music, Television Themes is pretty self-explanatory. His 2016 album The Small Hours did a fine job synthesizing his various influences into a gently psychedelic sound that touched on classic singer/songwriter and soft rock elements as well. 2020’s Phantom Birds adds a healthy dose of Nashville Skyline-influenced country-rock to the mix, mostly replacing the vintage synths and trippy arrangements with pedal steel guitar and low-key strumming. Berry sounds right at home in these new surroundings; his drawling vocals fit the genre well and he mostly uses the style as a spice that folds into his musical stew without a problem. Tracks like “Moonlight Flit” and “That Yellow Bird,” with their swooping pedal steels, vibraphone fills, and expansive arrangements, fall into the cosmic Americana category, mixing the traditional with the offbeat in ways that Gram Parsons would have surely appreciated. Berry definitely makes the most of the backing lyrically by telling some tall tales, lending wisdom, and generally projecting a sense of calm serenity over the proceedings. It’s a little slicker and more straightforward overall than some of his earlier work. It might be the gliding pedal steel or the acoustic guitars that underpin most of the record, but Berry has rarely sounded this relaxed or at ease on record. The easy melodies and subtle singing of the title track is something new and very welcome; much of the rest of the album hits this same note of familiarity and growth, and it makes for a very satisfying listen. If Berry continues to progress and impress at this level, he might soon be known as a musician who does some acting instead of the other way around. – Tim Sendra


1. Matt Berry – Something In My Eye
2. Matt Berry – You Danced All Night
3. Matt Berry – Phantom Birds
4. Matt Berry – Moonlight Flit
5. Matt Berry – Man Of Doom
6. Matt Berry – Where’s My Love?
7. Matt Berry – Take A Bow
8. Matt Berry – Intermission
9. Matt Berry – Hail To The King
10. Matt Berry – In My Mind
11. Matt Berry – That Yellow Bird
12. Matt Berry – Waving Goodbye
13. Matt Berry – Covered In Clowns


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