William Matheny & the Strange Constellations
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As the Charleston Gazette-Mail calls it, “It’s fundamental rock’n’roll at it’s finest.” That’s the sound of the William Matheny, a West Virginia native and longtime keys player for Athens, Ohio, indie heroes Southeast Engine. Best classified as a songwriter’s songwriter–the kind of composer who gets the melody just right every time, and the kind of lyricist whose turns of phrase bring an involuntary grin–once you’ve heard his deft songcraft, you might feel cheated that he withheld it so long.
Matheny and his Strange Constellations have an 11-song solo collection out February 24, 2017, which might more than anything provoke the question: Why not sooner? The answer is in the details, where moments that match smart observation with wordplay are impressive mostly in the effortlessness.