Presenting the New Matt Watts  album! : “How Different It Was When You Were There”


Matt Watts (1987) was born in Philadelphia, in the USA. He recorded his first songs along the banks of the Missouri River in Montana when he was 15, touring the north-western states extensively as a young troubadour. Since he arrived in Belgium at the tender age of 19, he has grown into a full-fledged singer-songwriter that combines a profound respect for the folk tradition with contemporary influences.

His solo album, Songs from a Window, was released in December 2014 under the Antwerp label Starman Records and received glowing praise in the press:

“Matt Watts’ third album puts him succinctly in that same folky calibre as a young Dylan or a perpetually young Nick Drake.” OOR

“This has created intimate and poetic songs in which the character is defined by folk guitars, a slide guitar, and the frugal use of bass. Beautiful.”  RifRaf

“Songs from a Window allows us to witness the blossoming of a major talent. It is a breathtakingly beautiful album.” Go for Music

“Matt Watts doesn’t make music for hipsters. His work is far too timeless and organic for that. But if you’re someone who loves talented troubadours, you can’t go wrong with Songs from a Window.” Cobra

Matt Watts played dozens upon dozens of shows in the past year, including several together with Stef Kamil Carlens. While predecessor Songs from a Window was a true solo album, the new album, How Different It Was When You Were There, which was released on both vinyl and CD on 17 February, includes personal stories by Watts that have been subtly seasoned with wonderful musicians like Nathalie Delcroix, Bjorn Eriksson, Geert Hellings (Stanton, Guido Belcanto), Maarten Moesen (Admiral Freebee,Guido Belcanto), and bassist and this album’s producer, Nicolas Rombouts (formerly with Dez Mona, Stef Kamil Carlens, The Colorist, Guido Belcanto, and many others). One of the highlights of this album, which truly showcases Matt Watts’ awakening is “Many a friend too kind”: a fabulous duet with Stef Kamil Carlens. Watts is also playing in Zita Swoon Group’s new production, “The Ballad of Erol Klof”.


The album will be premiered live on March 2nd at Arenbergschouwburg, Antwerp.


Watch the video of Joanne here.

The New Matt Watts album!

How Different It Was When You Were There”