mathew riley

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Six years ago, Mathew Riley quit music altogether. After ten years of writing and recording his songs, the frustration of a continued writer's block was too much. He sold all his equipment, including his beloved 1970 Gibson Les Paul. The next three years found him fighting to overcome personal vices, while never so much as touching a guitar.

In early 2008, Mathew found himself adrift in a flood of music composed almost entirely subconsciously. While asleep, fully orchestrated songs would come to him in dreams. With a new guitar, and renewed passion, Mathew would wake to record as much as he could remember from his dreams. These were the beginnings of what has become his debut EP.

Mathew Riley's debut is a deeply personal collection of carefully crafted indie-pop songs, supported by dense, symphonic arrangements. The album is a truly independent album - each violin note, each drum hit, each lyric meticulously chosen by Riley to create a vast soundscape reminiscent of 1970's art rock, with a modern perspective on love and loss.

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released March 22, 2011

mathew riley: music, lyrics, production, mixing, engineering
tom collingburn: engineering, mastering
photography © lane collins (www.lanecollins.com)
art direction by kate davidson

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mathew riley Detroit, Michigan

In early 2008, Mathew found himself adrift in a flood of music composed almost entirely subconsciously. While asleep, fully orchestrated songs would come to him in dreams. Mathew would wake to record as much as he could remember from his dreams. These were the beginnings of what has become his debut EP. ... more

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Track Name: diamonds in our eyes
I put your letter into a glass casket
That I keep to myself
I keep to myself
No one could ever live up to you
The forgiveness of Jesus
Every word that you told me was true
I've been impatiently waiting here for
Your ghost to appear
Your ghost to appear
But I can feel your gentle spirit
It clings to me
It sings inside my ear

I'll play my favorite song
Find out where I belong
And by the end of the night
Maybe I'll be there

We are all waiting on that sunny day
It's true
We are all waiting on that sunny day
It's true
Diamonds in our eyes
We are paralyzed
We are all waiting on that sunny day
It's true

The sun is rising on this riverbed
Morning creatures are stirring
The reason returns to my head
Ten years can do a lot for comfort
The sun is shining
No need for crying now
I wrote a letter that I couldn't send you
I left nothing out
Every word was so true
I hope to God that you could hear me
As I read it aloud
I knew what you would do:

You'd pour me in your arms
And forgive all these harms
Say, "Don't take it so hard."
"You knew no better."

We are all waiting on that sunny day
It's true
We are all waiting on that sunny day
It's true
Diamonds in our eyes
We are paralyzed
We are all waiting on that sunny day
It's true