Follow Your Heart - Mat Riviere
The debut album from Norwich-based Mat Riviere is one of those records that sounds like it was designed to clear parties. We're told Mat's attempts at joining other bands failed due to him not being much of a social animal. Thus his fellow band members are now a couple of keyboards and a laptop, providing him with gloomy, sometimes catchy beats 'n' electronics to sing over in a vocal style that resembles your depressed uncle after he's had a few too many whiskies or occasionally a more docile Mark E Smith. Follow Your Heart is vaguely intriguing, but is too impenetrable to imagine its reach extending much further than masochistic fans of lo-fi art pop.