"Reverent, expansive, magical realist folk music” --Uncut
"A freak for sound" -- Pitchfork
Matthew Liam Nicholson is a singular recording artist and composer originally from Geelong, Australia, now living in Los Angeles. From an early age Matt constructed weird tape music collages with two double cassette players, and was leading guitar bands around Australia by his early teens. Aunty Theo, Warped, The Golden Lifestyle Band, Function Ensemble, Para Nada, Outshine Family and AT / ALL are among his projects since then.
Nicholson's feature film score for the indie comedy "CRSHD" premiered at Tribeca Film Festival NYC May 2019. His composition work is featured internationally in film, media and art installations, including recent scores for major exhibits at the National Gallery of Australia and The Bargello National Museum in Florence, Italy. Nicholson cut his composition teeth making sound for multimedia art installations working personally with the great artist and spiritual teacher Adi Da, an innovative sensitivity continues to pervade his work.
From 2003 - 2011 Nicholson was active as Function Ensemble (aka Outshine Family) a trans-continental experimental rock collective. This shape shifting group released 3 albums and toured USA, UK & Europe variously during this period. You can enjoy previous Function Ensemble and Outshine Family LPs here
Matt's most recently released work is with AT / ALL, an experimental electro dream pop trio with remarkable Melbourne artists Pascal Babare and Lucy J Roleff. "The band has created a signature sound that masterfully blends fragments of electronic and pop" - NYLON
Future releases will be made as Matthew Liam Nicholson. Team MLN is currently working on a fancy new studio LP, preparing debut singles, creating music videos and lining up US performance details to be announced soon.
"Almost impossibly beautiful" -- Dusted
"Almost impossibly beautiful. At 72 minutes long, and incorporating pristine folk, field recordings, pop melodies, jazz-like bursts of dissonance and sampled world music intervals, The Secret Miracle Fountain is immediately arresting"
--- Dusted, USA
"the raw thrashing of rustic instrumentation treads alongside mercurial, abstract electronics, forging a sublime juxtaposition."
--- Nuemu, USA
"an eclectic mix of pop, disposition, atmosphere, and instrumental packed integrity that has moments of brilliance, this isn’t any ordinary record”
--- Australian Music Online, AUS
"magical music, hot shit, serious, suffocating and sparse, and aesthetically exquisite… from the outset you notice the lyrical quality is outstanding’’
- Adequacy.net, USA
"This kind of reverent, expansive, magical realist folk music owes an obvious debt to Sufjan Stevens, but Galeria de la Luz succeeds where Stevens’ The Age of Adz failed, its massed orchestral ranks marshaled with stunning composure and restraint."
— Uncut, UK
“Angelic textures, dreamy pop songs, aerial drones, sumptuous arrangements and improvisations felt to mix and magnify. Impressive and ambitious, it provides a deep sense of well being and soothing freedom. Galeria de la Luz is an album that is shared between families, between people with similar sensitivity. Masterpiece."
— Rock It To The Moon, FR
"stretches the ethereality of dream pop into blissout, as strings, wordless vocals, and guitar bleed together in swatches of psychedelic color...Function argue convincingly that sometimes you have to leave the planning behind and go on instinct."
--- Pitchfork, USA (Rating: 8.2)
“Despite its far flung origins and diverse input, Nicholson's music retains a clear authorial voice and purpose offering a series of panoramic variations, phased drones, vaporous trails, and heavily processed cycles of ebb and flow…”
--- The Wire, UK
“Fans of The Books, Low, Animal Collective & Broken Social Scene need to hear this densely layered pop masterpiece”
— Reckless, USA