Matthew Wilcock Announces Debut & Releases ‘I Might Die Now & Feel Fine’

July 13, 2019



“The uniting theme is that of finding temporary beauty in the ordinary,” says Matthew Wilcock of his debut solo album, Ordinary Beautiful Things 1 “You can be walking down the street and you come across something mundane – a reflection in a puddle, a dramatic shadow, sunlight shining in an office window, the sound of leaves or trees. It might only last a millisecond, and you know that it will never be captured by anyone else ever again, but the fact that you’ve noticed it is enough. It gives you a sense of warmth and joy. For a moment everything is perfect.” 

It might address the idea of short-lived grace, but OBT 1 – an album of largely drumless electro-acoustic instrumentals – is filled with heart-stopping moments of enduring beauty. The centrepiece of the album is new single I Could Die Now And I Feel Fine – a title that seems to sum up Wilcock’s central theme. It’s an expansive three-minute track where a 20-piece string section plays a slurring, emotionally wrenching series of escalating chord changes.

“That moment, you can be anywhere, on the bus, walking down the street, in car and all of a sudden something lines up, light hits something in the right way, a shadow a reflection, and it’s just beautiful for that split second. Everything in that moment feels worth it. It makes you feel human and amazing to be alive but at the same time it makes you feel lonely. You can’t share that with anyone and you’ll never see it again. It’s gone. That duality, the beauty, and the loneliness, it’s interesting and beautiful and kind of pure.” — Matthew Wilcock

Born in 1986, Wilcock grew up in a working-class family in Tameside, Greater Manchester. Rejecting the Mancunian tropes of rave, Britpop and postpunk that he grew up with, he immersed himself in US east-coast hip hop and basketball, and started making sample-based music as a teenager on a borrowed version of the music programming software Acid Pro. After a brief spell studying art in Manchester, he started to take making music more seriously, switching to a foundation diploma in music and winning a place to study composition and music theory at the University of Huddersfield, where he immersed himself in the work and the theories of composers such as John Cage, Steve Reich, Christian Marclay and Karlheinz Stockhausen. 

After graduating, he and his creative partner Aleah Morrison-Basu set up Zelig Sound, a company based in central London making bespoke music for commercials and full-length movies – including Daniel Kokotajlo’s critically acclaimed 2018 drama Apostasy, the Palme D’or winning short Waves ’98, and the BAFTA nominated Mamoon. Running parallel to his work with Zelig, Wilcock has also recorded beat-driven electronica under the monicker MODEL 86. But Ordinary Beautiful Things 1 is his first unified instrumental album, one that sets modular analogue synths against acoustic instruments.

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