The Ivor Novello award winning songwriter set himself new challenges, digging deeper than before to find new ways to communicate through song and the result is a stunning heartfelt album steeped in gorgeous electronica.
The album's inquisitive exploration showing Matthews' love of Brian Eno and Cocteau Twins in its DNA has slowly but surely won over his fans and critics alike.
The album also caught the ears of former Cocteau Twins member Simon Raymonde who has invited Matthews to perform at his next Lost Horizons show, Steve Marriott's daughter Mollie who has given Matthews a slot at this year's Dear John Lennon tribute concert in September in aid of War Child UK and also Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant who has invited Matthews to open for his Saving Grace tour at major shows this summer.
Robert Plant featured on Matthews' sophomore album Elsewhere back in 2009, speaking on the collaboration and the new tour dates, which will bring him to the South East, Matthews said:
"It;s wonderful to rekindle our friendship and to be sharing the stage again with a rock and roll icon of the 20th century!
"Robert is someone I respect a great deal and it's inspiring to witness his drive, incessant hunger and desire in his search for the next song."
Scott will also headline his own tour in October with which he is excited to debut the tracks from New Skin
in a live setting for example new single Our Time
The single sums up his new set perfectly, it's an instantly affecting emotional song, shrouded in electronics, that starts to snowball epically at around the two-minute mark.
On the inspiration behind Our Time
, Matthews says:
"I wanted to unravel the beauty and complexity of the human heart; the fragility of a perfect moment in an imperfect world; to frame a snapshot of the life of two lovers.
"The baritone guitar, electronic beats and swelling sythesizers give this song its many layers of emotion."
Tickets for Saving Grace and Scott Matthews at The De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, are priced from £32.50 and can be purchased via dlwp.com.