‘Doubtless Dauntless’ is the new album from Matt Deighton a multi-talented singer and songwriter of rare repute. Idiosyncratic and blessed with an ear for melody, he stands alongside the likes of John Martyn, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake for his ability to craft songs of beauty and power. Illumined in the modern musical ﬁrmament, 2018 sees him stepping forward once again with a new 10-track solo album.
Recorded in Monnow Valley Studio in Monmouthshire in September 2016, the pastoral setting for ‘Doubtless Dauntless’ proved perfect for an intensely artistic get-together of some of the most feted musicians of the past 40 years, the record’s personnel including piano maestro Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello), Linda Lewis, Gary Carpenter (associate musical director on The Wicker Man, 1973), Ben Trigg and Matt’s ex bandmates in The Family Silver, Steve White (The Style Council, Paul Weller) and Damon Minchella (Ocean Colour Scene, Richard Ashcroft).
First hitting the airwaves with Mother Earth in the early '90s, Matt enjoyed early success with the release of a clutch of albums that included The People Tree (Acid Jazz Records, 1993). After Mother Earth’s disbandment in 1996, Deighton joined Paul Weller’s band on lead guitar and vocals and temporarily replaced Noel Gallagher in Oasis when Gallagher quit in the middle of touring in 2000.
But his back catalogue speaks for itself. As a solo artist, he distilled his art into four soulful folk-tinged albums (‘Villager’, 1995; ‘You Are The Healer’, 2000; ‘The Common Good’, 2002; and ‘Wake Up The Moths’, 2004), followed more recently (2017) by a compelling collaboration with Chris Diﬀord, the resurrected album called ‘Kids Steal Feelings’. Matt has recorded and played with Paul Weller, Oasis, Bill Fay, Brian Auger, Carleen Anderson, Roger Daltrey, Chris Diﬀord of Squeeze and many others and with ‘Doubtless Dauntless’ he proves he’s getting better with age.
‘Doubtless Dauntless’ is a perfect pop synthesis of folk, rock and soul that, in equal measure, is both compelling and impossible to pigeon hole, Matt possessing the rare songwriting ability – or, some might say, the dying art – of being able to winnow existential truths from modern life, writing with an economy of lyrical gesture, his lyrics deft and weighted, ﬁguratively precise.