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Boomkat Product Review:
26-year old singer/songwriter Matthew Thomas Dillon was born and raised in Newport Pagnell, but you'd never know that from his peculiar, utterly distinctive voice, an amalgam of all his '90s US alt-rock influences. Opener 'Tokyo Moon' demonstrates the unexpected potency of this contrivance, with Dave Fridmann-style overdriven beats hammering away alongside piano chords straight from the great American indie songbook, all the time Dillon's quivering falsetto referencing Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips ' perhaps even Joanna Newsom in its knowingly quirky delivery. There's no getting past it, how you feel about this album will swing largely on what you make of Dillon's voice ' it's a real love-it-or-hate-it situation. Musically, the album is a far more clear-cut success with a densely layered production that pulls out cellos, vocal harmonies and epic piano chord sequences at all the right moments. One of the album's undisputed highlights is 'Asthmatic', a song that brings together all these elements (and more to boot) for a downright majestic piece of songwriting that sees Dillon transcending his influences. An extremely assured debut this, and if you can embrace Dillon's vocal eccentricities, there's some highly impressive material to be enjoyed.