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MATTHEW WILCOCK RELEASES HYPNOTIC VIDEO FOR ‘TEAR’

August 3, 2019

MATTHEW WILCOCK RELEASES HYPNOTIC VIDEO FOR ‘TEAR’

‘ORDINARY BEAUTIFUL THINGS 1’ IS HIS FIRST SOLO LP THAT FUSES ELEMENTS OF HIS ELECTRONIC (MODEL86) AND COMPOSITIONAL WORK (ZELIG STUDIOS)

 “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 video for one of the album centre-pieces ‘Tear,’ by Bipolar Studio is out today.

Wilcock had this to say on the track istelf: “It was only once I started writing ‘TEAR’ I I felt like this is what I should have been writing for a while. It’s an emotional journey of a track in a way. The intro felt so freeing to write and then the drop into the beat came so naturally after that. The lyrics were originally improvised whilst I was recording the piano part in a session after I got a call that my Grandmother had died. I’d just come back to London the night before after being by her bed for around a week. It originally had a bunch of sobbing in it, which would have been interesting for the recording.” 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.

http://www.matthewwilcock.com/

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