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Windmill is Matthew Thomas Dillon, a London based composer and producer. Windmill's music has taken him across the world, sharing billings/ touring with acts such as The National, St. Vincent, Patrick Watson and Vampire Weekend. He has also composed and produced music for Apple, ESPN, CNN, Verizon and TV Shows for BBC, USA, Fox and MTV, and has also released music with side project 'Outer Albert'. His albums have been praised by the world's press and have made his music an underground favourite. "I've been playing this one track that I've found recently that I've become kind of obsessed with (Restaurant Blast). Kinda fallen in love with it... I'm smitten by it. Just going to keep playing it to you." - Tom Ravenscroft, BBC 6 Music “An exquisite and imaginative London talent, Windmill combines star-gazing and shoe-gazing without a hint of mediocre middle ground…” – BBC "Magnificent and unexpected." - Under The Radar "One of my favourite new discoveries." - USA Today “Possibly the most underrated songwriter in the UK." - Drowned in Sound "Subtly beautiful and hugely addictive.****4/5 Stars" - The Sunday Telegraph "An impressive album of displacement anxiety with sonics to match. Think Mercury Rev making a break up album. ****4/5 Stars" - The Independent "Timeless and graceful. Strings and percussion, ominous echoes and soft, sweet choirs add richness to tales of asthmatics and fashion houses, plastic pre-flight seats and boarding lounges that you can't help returning to. ****4/5 Stars" - The Guardian "An undiscovered treasure - **** 4/5 Stars." - The Sun "A great British eccentric in the making" -UNCUT "Epcot Starfields, like the album that preceded it, is a showcase of the wonderful talent of Matthew Thomas Dillon...phenomenally beautiful" - Line of Best Fit Don't be fooled into thinking a finer record will be released this year. This is deliriously addictive with every track a winner, and that's why the record works as an absolute whole. Genius." - FLUX "It’s an album that can in parts make you get up and jump around the room like a complete lunatic and stop you in your tracks the next. *****5/5 stars" - Gigwise "Windmill's lovely way with melody and borderline brilliant sense of the emotional dynamics between his own plaintive piano style, heartwrenching cello and gorgeous washes of full-on strings." - MOJO "Kind of bonkers in a David Bowie sort of way. Kind of really chirpy in a Polyphonic Spree kind of way. Windmills rule!" - FHM "A hauntingly beautiful achievement that deserves a fanfare and certainly deserves a wider listenership. It is an evocative and engaging journey, like sitting in a planetarium in awe at the beauty and wonder of the universe but also feeling small, insignificant and vulnerable. And like those feelings, the mood this album creates stays with you long after it has finished." - Alt Sounds "The Mercury people should make a note because their will be no better British album this year - 10/10 ." - Comfort Comes "Matthew Thomas Dillon producing star-swept piano-led alt.indie, like The Polyphonic Spree, Mecury Rev, Guided by Voices and The Flaming Lips all joining the same grief therapy group." - NME "This is a rousing debut. Celebrating everything that's darkened and drastic in life." - The BIG issue "Puddle City Racing Lights shines with promise and occasionally, showcases a very serious young talent. If you can't be arsed waiting for the next Flaming Lips or Brigh Eyes album, it might be worth parting with £12 and listening to indie's newest son." - CLASH "The Mercury Music Prize panel need look no further than right here when they’re drawing up their shortlist later on in the year. ‘Puddle City Racing Lights’ is that good. Once it’s in your CD player, it’s hard to get out again and these instantly memorable, timeless songs are worthy of a special place in all of your hearts." - The White Noise Revistited "Poignant and sublime emotion, enhanced by subtle arrangements." - Les InRocks "The Flaming Lips comparison isn't totally off base, as the rest of the clip pairs footage of a cheerful astronaut rubbing elbows with a town full of fearless freaks, all while Matthew Thomas Dillon's strained vocals carry the triumphant, string-laden "Big Boom" along."- Pitchfork "As tremulous and awestruck as his voice in, Dillon ensures his stirring songs match it; refined, yes, but with gliding pop in there too. 9/10. Top 20 albums of 2009." - Planet Sound "An astonishingly beautiful record: a 41 minute treatise on loneliness, love, death and the end of our planet, touchingly realised and quite moving...definitely nudging its way into that end-of-year album top ten chart." - Folly of Youth "Star gazing pop genius." - City Life "A strong bid for placement on the list of “best and most fucked – up records of 2009.” - IMPOSE "Epcot Starfields finds Windmill at it's finest." - Knox Road "Startlingly tender and bleak. 9/10." - The 4 O 5 "Heart achingly sweet. You will definitely love it. 4/5" - Subba Cultcha "Orchestral pop of the distinctly lovely variety. All summing up into a whole that can only inspire stargazing and moon watching. Single of the week. Top songs of 2009." - Drowned in Sound "Will likely cement Windmill as a rising UK Songsmith. Artist of the day." - Paste Magazine "He deals with modern life and the anxiety and sadness that seems prevelant in young people. Maybe it’s the illusions cast by social media, where everyone but you has an exciting and action packed life. Maybe it’s the increasing worship of material things. Maybe it’s just we all think too much. Whatever it is, Windmill captures it and makes it into something both recognisable and beautiful." - Wake the Deaf "Wonderfully warped experimental pop from Windmill, the project of Matthew Dillon of the UK. At once fucked up, exuberant, poignant and hugely imaginative, this is impossible to pin down." - Bandcamp Hunter "Full of marvels to discover. Consistently surprising... For little more than a cup of coffee, you’ll have a record that will probably still be listened to a decade from now." - The Midnight Wire Read more on Last.fm.

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