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Album Review: River Matthews - 'Imogen'

Predominantly concentrating on the theme of love, ‘Imogen’, the debut album from River Matthews ebbs and flows from soulful to poignant to spine-tinglingly beautiful.

The album explodes to life with the upbeat hook-driven ‘Sunshine’, a rapturous feel-good song that instantly puts a smile on your face and makes you want to dance.

The middle core of the album moves through the different stages of love. From the sweet, fresh beginnings of new love on ‘Feels Like Morning’; to ‘Undo Ordinary’ a song partly inspired by River’s parents, about an unwavering kind of love that grows and deepens over time; to the tender ‘Fool for You’, a song about lost love.

A personal favourite is ‘Butterflies’, with its catchy rhythmic beat and delicate piano accompaniment that sums up the joyous bravadoes of new relationships with “flutterings of heartbeats in the air”. In contrast, ‘Never’ is the ‘throw-down’ song of the album. The full production gives it a cross between the rhythm and blues of an An…

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