Debut album "Strange Constellations" out now via Misra Records
Morgantown, WV, 26505
Strange Constellations, released last summer, was indeed a tour de force. The singer-songwriter’s combination of heartland rock, Americana, and a keen ear for lyrics is indeed a winner.
Moon Over Kenova is a humbling song for any songwriter... A hint at the amazing things to come.
Matheny is stepping more and more into the limelight as a viable Americana songwriter and frontman by the moment.
Literary rock’n’roller William Matheny has a knack for spinning stores about roach-infested apartments and social anxiety into indie gold.
If you’re looking for your new favorite Americana rocker, look no further than the wonderful William Matheny... one full length under his belt with staying power for a classic sophomore LP.
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.
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.
a stout volume that folds some expert old-school storytelling into smart, nimble songs.
Matheny’s music is a furious blend of alt. country rock with all the storytelling mastery you would expect... All of the insight and grit you could want can be found on ‘Strange Constellations’
Matheny establishes his own voice with potent lyrics and fired up instrumentals... a fine debut from a promising artist
Instantly likable singer-songwriter rock. 4 stars.
These constellations are exceptionally bright. ‘Living Half to Death’ is my new favorite song.
William Matheny’s take on classic, soulful country, melding it seamlessly with alt, pop and more, is never exactly what is 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 easy points directly to Matheny’s ability to capture more than just sounds of the past, but the feeling that brought this sound to the forefront all those years ago.
The more I listen, the better it sounds, and it sounded pretty damn fine the time. There’s a new star in the firmament.