"Literary rock'n'roller William Matheny has a knack for spinning stories about roach-infested apartments and social anxiety into indie gold."
- NPR's Weekend Edition
"It's rare to hear a debut album as accomplished as 'Strange Constellations'... a fully formed, honest and believable album littered with musical surprises and with lyrics that cut through the everyday stories they tell. 8/10"
- Americana UK
“The album allows Matheny to present a story through his lyrics while delivering a sound that is the perfect fusion of alt-country, rock, roots and pop…Using his music as a way to tell stories, Matheny has created an album that is intimate yet playful and captivating.”
- Paste Magazine
“Somewhere sonically between Browne, Springsteen, and Ike Reilly, West Virginian William Matheny innovates Americana on his full-length debut, Strange Constellations. He shares a knack with the folksters and country boys of old in that he can sell a story. Beside his seasoned piano chops, Matheny’s work makes a compelling debut.”
“‘Living Half To Death’ is next in line in early 2017’s penchant for loud, lively rock à la Japandroids or Cloud Nothings. The track is disillusioned but very much alive.”
- Magnet Magazine
“Matheny’s music is a furious blend of alt-country rock with all the storytelling mastery you would expect… All of the insight, grit, and country-rock you could want can be found in Strange Constellations, which we eagerly await.”
- Impose Magazine
“The album continues in a similar wave-length as Southeast Engine, but Matheny also establishes his own voice with potent lyrics and fired up instrumentals that fuse blistering Southern rock with influences like The Hold Steady and even Bruce Springsteen. In other words, the LP is a fine debut from a promising artist.”
- Glide Magazine
"Instantly likable singer-songwriter rock. 4 stars."
- RnR Magazine (U.K.)
"These constellations are exceptionally bright. 'Living Half to Death' is my new favorite song."
- Larry Groce, NPR's Mountain Stage
"William Matheny’s take on classic, soulful country, melding it seamlessly with alt, pop and more, is never exactly what it seems. It’s subtle and straightforward at the same time, literary and forward thinking Americana steeped in actual emotion - there’s nothing manufactured about it, as tends to be the case within this particular subgenre. It’s an easy listen that never shies away from discussing uneasy topics. The fact that it’s as listenable as it is points directly to Matheny’s ability to capture more than just sounds of the past, but the feeling the brought this sound to the forefront all those years ago."
"standout alt. country debut... which feels like a collaboration between Wilco and the Mountain Goats"
- No Country For New Nashville
"The first solo record from an indie hero can be a tough needle to thread, but when that artist is a songwriter as proven as William Matheny there’s no reason for worry. A long time member of Southeast Engine, Matheny has a long track record of layered. lyrically poignant songs and his recent solo record Strange Constellations continues the trend."
- The Wild Honey Pie
This debut solo record from a former Southeast Engine-eer stands as one of the year's real pleasant surprises."
- Routes & Branches
"The more I listen, the better it sounds, and it sounded pretty damn fine the first time. There’s a new star in the firmament."
- Folk Radio U.K.
An excellent storyteller in the vein of Craig Finn, Matheny weaves folksy narratives into his brand of Americana that blends Jackson Browne-like 70’s folk-pop with rollicking alt-country for a very promising debut.”
- The Atlas and the Anchor