Royce Mathew
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Royce Mathew

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter




"Review: Royce Mathew - The Sailor's Heart"

Royce Mathew – The Sailor’s Heart (Independent)

“The Sailor’s Heart” is Royce Mathew’s debut record, a six-track collection that was inspired by annual trips to a beach on Lake Winnipeg, in the Canadian province of Manitoba. Mathew describes the shoreline as “his favourite place on earth”, and much of the landscape, and the lake views they proffer, can be found in Mathew’s words, but most of all he’s a storyteller, using the scenery to propel his tale.

When it comes to sound and style, the Edmonton native has a great deal in common with artists such as Luke Doucet, and Simon Felice, though he’s a distinctive writer, and on opening cut “Blade of Grass”, though the production is spartan and the arrangement simple, he effortlessly holds our attention for the songs short duration. “Girl” is considerably more substantial. A country-folk vibe transports the listener into Mathew’s world, and some delicate finger-picked guitar provides detail.

The six-plus minute near-title track (“The Lady and the Sailor's Heart”) is a master-class in epic folk narrative. His use of imagery is faultless as he leads us through lakeside landmarks, and rhythmic changes of pace concentrate the mind wonderfully. It’s probably the standout song in the collection, though there’s plenty of stiff competition throughout the EP’s half dozen tracks.
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The Sailor's Heart EP - March 2013

Forgive Forget & Love/Cigarettes Alcohol and Fire Single - November 2013



Royce Mathew is a young singer-songwriter hailing from Edmonton Alberta who writes stories based around Canada’s vast landscape. After releasing his debut EP “The Sailor’s Heart” and single “Cigarettes, Alcohol, and, Fire” in 2013, Royce took on a number of Western Canada’s smaller stages. Playing alongside notable artists such as Awna Teixeira (Po’Girl), Sean Burns, and even exhibiting his versatility by adjusting his live sound from folk to rock to share the stage with local rockers The Gibson Block. Moving towards 2017, Royce looks to expand as a musician as he prepares to release his first full-length album “This Town.”