Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill. His recording and live work as Quiet Loner has won him many accolades, including Americana UK Album of the Year 2004 for his debut LP ?Secret Ruler of the World'. His 2010 release 'Spectrology' is a stark and honest collection of performances recorded deep in the English countryside during the big freeze of January 2010. Produced by Mat Martin (Kirsty McGee) it features contributions from Inge Thomson (Bonnie Prince Billy...
Produced by Mat Martin (Kirsty McGee) it features contributions from Inge Thomson (Bonnie Prince Billy, Broken Family Band), Roy Dodds (Fairground Attraction) and long term collaborator Alan Cook (Jackie Leven, Michael Weston King). 'Spectrology' has had 4 star reviews in the Daily Mirror, Uncut, R2 and Maverick, radio play on BBC 6Music and reached #1 in the Americana UK/Maverick americana charts.
Inspired by the storytelling traditions of American folk and country music, Hill's songs also have a distinctly British lyrical bite and cover love, loss, infidelity, suicide, attempted murder, capital punishment, the database state, terrorism, religion, war, fallen angels, the secret rulers of the world and the redemptive power of country music. Hill is an accomplished raconteur and powerful live performer delivering a show that is emotional, often funny, usually political, occasionally angry, sometimes satirical but nearly always gentle and human.
Press for Spectrology album 2010
'The wordplay is pure Costello. Delicate songwriting, with hints of folk and Americana. Bleakly beautiful.'
UNCUT (4 stars)
'An outstanding record. Uplifting and inspiring'
MAVERICK (4 stars)
'Costello-like clearness of vision and just a little hope.'
R2 ROCK N REEL R2 (4 stars)
'The Loner's acoustic guitar-gilded explorations shine.'
DAILY MIRROR (4 stars)
'Dissecting heartbreak with surgical precision. Highly recommended.'
AMERICANA UK (8/10)
'Nicely textured with a sad lulling country vibe.'