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Matt Berry releases his second album on 3rd June through Acid Jazz. 'Kill the Wolf' is the follow up to 2011's 'Witchazel', a debut which saw the likes of MOJO praising an album 'coming from a place of real eccentricity and imagination' whilst Q summed it up neatly for the newcomers as 'the sound of the Fleet Foxes had they grown up within earshot of the M25'. As with his debut, 'Kill the Wolf' was recorded predominantly at Matt's home studio with Matt himself playing the majority of the instruments. The album takes it's title from folklore; the practice of hunting and killing a wolf when tragedy or 'evil' struck a community and relates to Matt's interest in 'the devil and the saint inside US all, and how hard we try to let the best man win, whomever you may consider that to be.' It is fair to say that the record could not have come from anywhere but England. Matt's music and lyrics abound with particularly English references, shot through with the hazy bleached out colours of late 60's / early 70's psyche-rock whilst avoiding either tribute or pastiche. What this delivers is an album that stretches from the nine minute progression of 'Solstice', musically tracking the distance from the shortest to the longest day, to the pure pop rush of 'Medicine' and the Bacharach like beauty of 'Knock, Knock'. 'Kill the Wolf' features a host of guest performances, most notably from James Robert Shaw of Everything Everything who adds slide guitar whilst Eric Johnson of the Shins, Mark Morris of the Bluetones and touring companions Pugwash feature across the record.