Matador (Gaz Coombes album)

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Studio album by
Released26 January 2015
RecordedCourtyard Studios, Oxfordshire
GenreIndie rock
Indie pop
LabelHot Fruit Recordings/Caroline International
ProducerGaz Coombes
Gaz Coombes chronology
Here Come the Bombs
World's Strongest Man
Singles from Matador
  1. "Buffalo"
    Released: October 28, 2013
  2. "20/20"
    Released: December 4, 2014
  3. "Detroit"
    Released: February 16, 2015
  4. "The Girl Who Fell to Earth"
    Released: May 4, 2015
  5. "Matador (Da Capo)"
    Released: September 18, 2015

Matador is the second solo album by English musician Gaz Coombes. Recorded at Coombes' home studio and Courtyard Studios in Oxfordshire, it was released on 26 January 2015 on his record label Hot Fruit Recordings via Caroline International. Coombes himself produced the album and it features appearances by Ride drummer Loz Colbert, Charly Coombes, and guitarist Nick Fowler.[1] The album charted #18 on the UK Albums Chart.[2] It was nominated for the 2015 Mercury Music Prize.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
musicOMH4.5/5 stars[5]
Mojo5/5 stars[6]
Q4/5 stars
Clash7/10 stars[7]
The Guardian4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media6.3/10[9]

Matador has received critical acclaim from music critics. musicOMH's Ben Hogwood called the music and the songs "a step forward" and said the album reveals Coombes' "darker, more experimental side".[5] Mojo's Pat Gilbert called its atmosphere "dreamy, hypnagogic" and gave the album a full 5 star rating.[6] Pitchfork's review praised some of the songs but was more critical, stating that in this album Coombes "plays it safe" and that he "comes at these songs with a less-is-more attitude, but even the simplest fare fails to connect".[9]

Track listing[edit]

3."The English Ruse"4:43
4."The Girl Who Fell to Earth"3:35
6."Needle's Eye"4:04
7."Seven Walls"3:49
9."To the Wire"4:06
10."Is It On?"0:34
Total length:39:58


  1. ^ "Mercury shortlist success | Oxford University Faculty of Music". 2015-11-13. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  2. ^ "MATADOR #18 in the UK Album Top 40 Chart - Gaz Coombes". 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Mercury Prize 2015 shortlist". BBC. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  4. ^ "Matador - Gaz Coombes - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  5. ^ a b "Gaz Coombes - Matador - Albums - musicOMH". 21 January 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Gaz Coombes – Matador — Mojo". 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  7. ^ "Gaz Coombes - Matador".
  8. ^ Dennis, Jon (22 January 2015). "Gaz Coombes: Matador review". the Guardian.
  9. ^ a b "Gaz Coombes: Matador Album Review - Pitchfork".