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Alternative & Indie - Released May 4, 2018 | Virgin Music UK

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The former leader of Supergrass, Gareth Michael Coombes a.k.a. Gaz Coombes, went back into hibernation in his Oxford studio to record his third solo album, in co-production with Ian Davenport, with whom he had already collaborated on Matador. Following his half-melancholic half-psychedelic pop exaltations cradled between Goat and Radiohead, World’s Strongest Man features eleven tracks of lavish yet nebulous orchestration (Wounded Egos, Weird Dreams), even strange at times (The Oaks). On Oxygen Mask, Gaz Coombes reminds us he can also produce a classy, minimalist ballad. Relying on an emasculated lyricism close to Cascadeur’s or Woodkid’s, where galloping rhythms jolt into other loops, Gaz Coombes continues his formidable solo breakthrough. And deals with his anxieties and chronic depression. While at first hard to apprehend, the opus reveals his richness over multiple listens. Complex and radiant. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released December 20, 2019 | Virgin Music UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 16, 2019 | Virgin Music UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 30, 2018 | Virgin Music UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 26, 2015 | Hot Fruit Recordings

It's too easy to peg Matador as the maturation of the notorious teenage rocker Gaz Coombes, but it's also inaccurate. Coombes began flirting with introspection early on in Supergrass' career, eventually dedicating the entirety of 2005's Road to Rouen to reflection. Matador often plays a bit like a decade-delayed sequel to that 2005 minor masterwork, maintaining a similar sense of reserve that sometimes belies the adventure that lies underneath the shimmering surface. Often, the deliberate tempos and hushed dynamics on Matador skirt the edge of melancholy; this isn't a sad record, it's a consoling one, Coombes creating comfort out of remnants of Krautrock and acoustic balladry. Occasionally, he'll tip the scale in one direction or the other -- the opening "Buffalo" makes an impression with its skittering rhythms, "The English Ruse" percolates on a two-note pulse, while "The Girl Who Fell to Earth" is patented folkie psychedelia -- but soon Coombes reveals he finds no separation between the two; the electronica is firmly interwoven within the sculpted songs and vice versa. This means Matador may initially seduce with its slow, enveloping assurance but the reason it lasts are those songs, as exquisitely crafted and enduring as anything in Coombes' rich catalog. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 28, 2018 | Virgin Music UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 13, 2019 | Virgin Music UK LAS (P&D)

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 4, 2018 | Virgin Music UK

The former leader of Supergrass, Gareth Michael Coombes a.k.a. Gaz Coombes, went back into hibernation in his Oxford studio to record his third solo album, in co-production with Ian Davenport, with whom he had already collaborated on Matador. Following his half-melancholic half-psychedelic pop exaltations cradled between Goat and Radiohead, World’s Strongest Man features eleven tracks of lavish yet nebulous orchestration (Wounded Egos, Weird Dreams), even strange at times (The Oaks). On Oxygen Mask, Gaz Coombes reminds us he can also produce a classy, minimalist ballad. Relying on an emasculated lyricism close to Cascadeur’s or Woodkid’s, where galloping rhythms jolt into other loops, Gaz Coombes continues his formidable solo breakthrough. And deals with his anxieties and chronic depression. While at first hard to apprehend, the opus reveals his richness over multiple listens. Complex and radiant. © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 3, 2013 | Hot Fruit Recordings

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