Matthew Hedley Stoppard: You’ll Find Us in the Park – Review

Matthew Hedley Stoppard, a Leeds based poet and spoken word artist, has released a new poetry single titled ‘You’ll Find Us in the Park’ with musical backing from art-rock band, The Glass Delusion.

The song has a unique sound, even for those who are not unfamiliar with poetry set to music.  ‘You’ll Find Us in the Park’ finds Matthew Hedley Stoppard reciting two verses about throwing off the responsibilities of being a working adult in favor of childlike merriment over a fitting and understated rock arrangement with guitars, tambourines, drums, and hand claps.  Those who are fans of experimental art will find this to be an interesting piece of work that is perfect for a day of fun under the sun.

Matthew Hedley Stoppard was born in Derbyshire in 1985. His work has been published in various anthologies and journals since 2004, and he also successfully competed in multiple competitions including the 2009 and 2010 Hastings International.  Stoppard had a vinyl of his recorded poetry released in 2012 titled Insect Eucharist and Other Poems followed by his book of poems titled A Family Behind Glass in 2013.

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The Glass Delusion is an art-rock group based in Hull, England.  Their name comes from the late Middle Ages in England where people thought they were made of glass and feared being shattered to pieces.  The band consists of Lewis Young on the vocals and guitar and Carl Macklin on the drums and background vocals.  Shortly after “You’ll Find in the Park” was released, the band released an EP of 14 songs that lasted exactly a minute each called Have You Got a Minute?.  The EP has gained some radio play and was praised by BBC’s Tom Robinson.

‘You’ll Find Us in the Park’ is the first single from Stoppard and The Glass Delusion’s collaboration album titled Runt County which is set to be released on August 11th.  From the sounds of this first single, fans of Stoppard or The Glass Delusion can expect a well put together courageous and out-of-the box collaborative effort that will bring something refreshingly new for everyone from the most dedicated poetry listeners to the person who rarely listens to or reads poetry at all.