• daudi matsiko An Introduction to Failure (CD, £10.95)

    This album is really a double EP on one disc; Daudi's first two, self-released EPs, 'the Lingering Effects of Disconnection' and 'A Brief Introduction to Failure' have been collected on his eight-track long-player debut for Naim. The words of these songs, startling in their tales of personal experience, intensify his warm tones. Highlight 'You Can Do Better Than Me, But I Hope You Don't' details with heart-breaking directness the decline of a relationship. Each of his songs has a therapeutic purpose. “My songs all have a cathartic intention in some way,” Daudi has said. The mellow fingerpicking guitar of Daudi Matsiko really gets to you. Listen to one of his disarming songs from his double EP for Naim Records, and it's like a personal performance; as if he's stood in front of a microphone on the other side of the room, his melancholy melodies ringing out with absolute accuracy. Daudi was born in the UK to Ugandan parents, and became hooked on guitar at a young age. Encouraged by a great music teacher and friends he'd later form a band with. He grew up with eclectic influences, from Radiohead to the jazz of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, post-rock bands Mogwai and Slint, and trip-hop fusioners Cinematic Orchestra. While he was attracted to heavy sounds as a teenager, he came to favour sparse, quiet arrangements instead. The direct simplicity of guitar and voice became his medium of expression. Daudi's music rings out with a dazzling brightness that will delight lovers of quality sound. Tracks: Home / You Can Do Better Than Me, But I Hope You Don't / This Day / Houston In The Blind / Sandwiches / Spilt Milk / OK... Since We're Being Honest / Take Me Old


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