Debut Single From Ash Lad Riddles Out Now
Lee Barber || October 1st
BBC Introducing record of the week. Hottest Track in The Sunday Times. Certainly two titles that new act Ash Lad won't be complaining about anytime soon, especially when you consider that Riddles is the debut release from the singer-songwriter. After gathering a very nice fan base with previous outfit Twin Hidden and performing at festivals such as Latitude, Matthew Shribman has gone solo and taken on the alias Ash Lad, so named after a Norwegian folk-tale, whilst, coincidentially, Riddles is also about a Norwegian girl.
Riddles carries a similar vibe to Twin Hidden, which is certainly no bad thing, building beautiful, dreamy melodies laced with a very infectious chorus. Produced by Brett Cox, who has produced work for the likes of Jack Garratt and Alt-J, Ash Lad is certainly in good hands as he heads into a career as a solo artist. As yet, Ash Lad isn't too sure about the future in terms of live performances, telling BBC Introducing from Stoke 'To be honest I'm not going to rush the live stuff. I'm just going to move slowly into that and concentrate on the music.' Shribman has confirmed however that there are instrumentalists from both Cheshire and London who he is working with.
Though the name may suggest a guy who lives for the weekend, partying away and having laddish videos posted on Lad Bible, in reality Matthew Shirbman posts interesting and educational (and actually rather funny) scientific videos called Science In The Bath, which is quite literally exactly what you think it is. Matthew sits in the bath, fully clothed, and gives talks on science subjects. Highly recommended as well as his music.