Gilbert is the performance name of Matthew Gilbert Linley, a London-based composer and musician. He is also the drummer in Engineers with Mark Peters and Ulrich Schnauss.
Linley grew up in Eltham, south-east London, England.
He began playing the drums at an early age and then went on to study classical music and composition at Oriel College, Oxford University and Goldsmith's College. After a period of writing soundtracks for film and television he began writing under the Gilbert moniker.
An eponymously named debut Gilbert album completed in 2007 received excellent reviews and extensive national radio airplay, gaining a digital release soon after on the independent record label, Shifty Disco Records.
In 2010, the latest Gilbert album, Wahoola!, was released. About the new record Linley wrote: " I wanted 'Wahoola!' to more obviously feature the talents of the people who have been performing the first album live.....especially Maud Waret's vocals and Brian Lee's violin-playing". In 2013 Gilbert Linley licensed the album 'Wahoola!' to Felt Music Library www.feltmusic.com.
2014 saw a new album and musical project named AztecCormorant. www.soundcloud.com.
Linley's music is often stylistically eclectic and eccentric, crossing genres such as folktronica, electronica, classical music, dream pop and spoken word. The music is generally richly layered, combining vintage analog synths and organs with orchestral instruments such as harp, celeste and strings. Vocals by Maud Waret have also featured more prominently in recent work.
The music is performed live by five musicians playing an array of musical instruments. Gilbert has gigged extensively throughout the UK, including sets at the 2007 Green Man Festival, 2008 Brighton Loop, and 2009 Southbank Udderbelly. Gilbert also supported Mice Parade and Silje Nes in London, in October 2010.
Gilbert has been featured on BBC Radio 6 Music's BBC Introducing with Tom Robinson,BBC Radio 1 with Huw Stephens, Gary Crowley and on BBC Radio 3's Mixing It.
Gilbert tracks have also been licensed by 20th Century Fox for use on the Max Payne soundtrack DVD.