by Quiet Loner

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Lucifer 03:57
Ash ballad 03:28
Tourniquet 03:17


November 2010 Little Red Rabbit Records

A stark and honest collection of performances recorded deep in the English countryside during the big freeze of January 2010. Produced by Mat Martin (Kirsty McGee, The Brute Chorus) it features contributions from Inge Thomson (Bonnie Prince Billy, Broken Family Band), Roy Dodds (Fairground Attraction, Hank Wangford) and Alan Cook (Jackie Leven, Michael Weston King).

‘Spectrology’ celebrates the cycle of life where renewal, and even redemption are found in the small simple intimacies of life – a morning lie-in, an evening stroll or a slow dance with a lover. Mat Martin’s pared-down production emphasises intimacy, leaving Hill’s vocals vulnerable and exposed. The delicate instrumentation is subtle, clever, never intrusive. There is no studio trickery here – all you hear is the raw honesty of the moment, as if Hill is sitting alongside you, telling stories, conjuring images. A back-to-basics collection delivered with a lightness of touch and a gentle humour.

The CD release - now sold out - featured stunning artwork by K. Craig and a specially commissioned piece from acclaimed poet Matthew Welton, in a beautiful 6-panel recycled card sleeve printed by Stumptown Printers of Portland, Oregon, USA.

‘The wordplay is pure Costello. Delicate songwriting, with hints of folk and Americana. Bleakly beautiful.’
UNCUT (****)
‘The Loner’s acoustic guitar-gilded explorations shine.’
‘An outstanding record. Uplifting and inspiring’
‘He gathers his songs around him and weaves them into works of wonder’’
ROCK N REEL R2 (****)
‘Somewhere between Raymond Carver and Alan Sillitoe… dissecting heartbreak with surgical precision. Highly recommended.’


released November 8, 2010

Matt Hill vocals and acoustic guitar
Alan Cook dobro
Inge Thomson vocals, fender rhodes, accordian, melodica, kalimba, kaossilator, percussion
Mat Martin banjo, tenor guitar, mandolin
Roy Dodds drums

All songs written by Matt Hill (except Lucifer by Matt Hill and Jason Walker)
Recorded live January 18-22 2010

Produced by Mat Martin
Engineered by Michael Tedstone and Richard Mellor
Recorded at the Paddocks, Wartnaby, Leicestershire.
Mastered by Denis Blackman at Skye Mastering, Isle of Skye.

Original artwork and design by Kevin Craig

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Download also includes downloads of artwork, lyrics, and producer Mat Martin's twitter feed detailing the making of the album.


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Matt Hill UK

QLR (Quiet Loner Records) is home to Matt Hill a storytelling singer-songwriter and community based artist who offers a British take on folk and Americana.

‘Possibly the most important record of the year’ MAVERICK 5/5
‘An anthem for resistance’ AMERICANA UK 10/10
‘Delicate songwriting. Bleakly beautiful.’ UNCUT (4 stars)
‘Works of wonder’ R2 4/5
An absolute gem' MORNING STAR (Album of the year)
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