Winner of the 2008 Performing Rights Society UK Unsigned Award, Tensheds (Matt Millership) has for his second album produced an album of amazing quality. From the opening “Go Out On The Weekend” through to the beautiful closing track “Paradise”, Tensheds never puts a foot wrong. To make the album even more of an accomplishment, not only did he write all the songs, he produced it too.
The backing music provides just the right haunting sound to complement Tensheds’ piano playing. He even returns to his classical roots with a string quartet on three of the tracks. All the skill and knowledge gained on the road performing, including a world record eight gigs in eight cities in 24 hours, has gone into this album to ensure that every note has a reason and a place. There’s also a great mix of styles from the poetic “Love the One You’re With” to the upbeat rockabilly of “Stains” and the haunting ballad of “Sell Another Soul”.
The new album comes three years after the release of his self financed Clockwork and a couple of years after the EP Save The Album which was released after the PRS award. Tensheds has supported artists such as Paul Young, Roger Chapman and The Arctic Monkeys; he is currently on tour supporting Hazel O’Connor.
Whatever else, don’t let the dubious cover art put you off listening to this album. It can only be hoped that Tensheds gets the little bit of luck that is always necessary to be able to draw the crowds in his own right. Bob Harris, do your stuff!