TRACK REVIEW: Will Good And The Mattes – So So EP | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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This kaleidoscopic four-track offering from the recording project of singer-songwriter Steve Chaplin commences with the languid Do Nothing, where an initially restrained and lo-fi sound gives way to fully-formed and Syd Barrett-esque surrealism.

The spacey Man Of My Dreams is propelled by dubby drum machine drone and warm, trebly chords upon which lamentful lyrics add a raw edge. Crazies is a stark and unpredictable sonic soundscape, where diminished and unconventional chord progressions, along with rapid tempo shifts, brilliantly underpin the anxiety in the lyrics, calling to mind the more left-field solo offerings from Robyn Hitchcock. Closer The Man I Used To Be is more restrained, with slowcore guitars weaving around emotionally charged strings, further underpinning the raw and emotional lyrics.

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