By Dave Beech
December 2, 2013
In keeping with a tradition of titular simplicity, the forthcoming fifth album from Matt Harding is simply titled Motifs. Due for release on February 24, 2014, it marks the second release on Harding’s own Reluctance label, the first since 2009′s Year and sees “Thirteen musically cinematic pieces, uncomplicated, uncluttered…influenced by diverse artists such as Nina Simone and Moondog.”.
Whilst simplicity is obviously a theme that runs throughout Harding’s work musically, his ideas for Motifs seem anything but. With potential plans to debut tracks from the record marking the first time a live performance would feature songs from an album, and with further plans to work with artists to make a video for each of the thirteen songs on Motifs, Harding has definitely stepped up a gear in terms of his artistic output, but with five years between LPs, who can blame him for wanting to create what could prove to be his most accomplished piece of work yet.