Last month we were over-mooned with Matt Woods Nothing Less. We still are. The fact that he built an EP around it that fulfills all our remaining expectations is just, in a Portuguese expression, gold over blue. Ain’t No Use EP is a 4-track wonder that includes both the title track and Nothing Less adding to them two new beautiful and more sentimental tracks entitled Styrofoam and the ending track If You Forget Me.
The first and self-title track Ain’t No Use is everything an Indietronic song should be. If Matt’s vocals leave an almost breathless sensation in the listener, the smooth instrumental do the rest. Perfect mix between groovy and sensibility.
The second track, Nothing Less, continues to be as good as we felt the first time we heard it. As we said one month ago, “with bits of engaging pop, perfect electronic hooks and what can be described as extreme good taste for placing beautiful classic piano chords, Nothing Less is a mesmerizing song”. We can only add that this is also a very smart song, that takes it time to grow up until the chorus melts everything.
If after hearing this two tracks someone is still not convinced, well, what about getting more personal? That’s what Matt accomplishes with the second half of the EP released today. In his own words, 2016 was about putting out material while still developing his sound. “With a couple of tracks pointing to where I am coming from, and a couple of them pointing to where It is all going”. We can clearly feel this entering the two emotional RnB tracks released today, with everything getting more heart-felt.
Styrofoam is the turning point of the EP, a brilliant merge where the electronic turns to RnB, and vice-versa in an seemless and effortless manner. We could say that Prince would be proud with the type of falsetto Matt delivers through the whole song. But we are even more perplexed by the final minute which among several details seem to include eletronic samples in the line of Daft Punk to accompany a “give it all” choir.
Ending it up, If You Forget Me has an emotional cadence and meaning impossible to draw attention away. Expect to be carried over by this beautifully sad song. With back to basics, strong vocals, piano leads and everything in the heart.