ALBUM REVIEW: Matthew E White – K-Bay | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 10.09.21







This is Matthew E White’s first solo outing in some six years, and eagerly anticipated. However, it fails to live up to it’s predecessor’s acclaim. K-Bay is eclectic to say the least, but with no two tracks the same, they are disjointed and often collide. At times attempting to channel John Grant, but lacking that distinct flare, the tracks are overflowing with instrumentation but this is to its detriment as they tend to foster an atmosphere of incoherence.

The latter part of K-Bay is somewhat subdued in comparison, with Shine A Light For Me and Hedged In Darkness being the better tracks on the record. Overall though, it’s an album that lacks focus, flitting between genres and at times feeling inaccessible.


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