Daudi Matsiko is releasing ‘An Introduction To Failure’ on 26 May – the same day as he performs at Slaughtered Lamb.
The album, which collects his first two, self-released EPs, ‘The Lingering Effects of Disconnection’ and ‘A Brief Introduction to Failure’, showcases his finger-picking guitar style and autobiographical lyrics.
“My songs all have a cathartic intention in some way,” says Matsiko, who has appeared at Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal, collaborated with electronic acts Booka Shade and Kyodai, and toured with Keaton Henson, GoGo Penguin, and Portico Quartet.
Born in the UK to Ugandan parents, he cites the likes of Radiohead, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Mogwai, Slint, and Cinematic Orchestra as early influences but now prefers sparse arrangements, rounded out with hints of sax and synth.
On stage it’s just Matsiko and his guitar – which is just the way he likes it.
“Once you’re sat in front of those people you can’t leg it, you’ve got to go for it,” he says. “That adrenaline is nice to have.”