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Matthew P ‘The Breakfast EP’ (EP Review)

Wednesday, 22 June 2011 Written by Rob Sleigh
Matthew P ‘The Breakfast EP’ (EP Review)

“Kick back, take it all a bit easier and get a taste of the beach life,” suggests Matthews P’s website in a brief step-by-step guide to the best way of enjoying his music. It’s not bad advice either, as you’ll discover when you first give this Suffolk-based solo artist’s new EP a quick listen. As opener ‘The Breakfast Song’ confirms, this truly is a chilled-out effort. The title song is a quirky, Dylanesque acoustic number, which features an air of ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ in its gentle-paced melody. Matthew P croons his way through the track as a faint hip-hop beat retains a steady rhythm to the pleasantly sedate tempo of the music.

ImageNext up is ‘Rolling On’, a rootsy lo-fi track featuring an unrefined guitar twang that helps Matthew P to appear as a young Seasick Steve as he tunefully mumbles along with this cheery blend of country and folk. ‘Downtown’, on the other hand, is more reminiscent of a Jack Johnson song with its uplifting acoustic rock and funky programmed beat. Once again, Matthew adds his own twist to this sound in the form of his deep, distinctive vocals that remind of the quirkiness of Athlete’s earlier work.

EP closer ‘Medicine’ is a slightly moodier affair, compared with the first few tracks, and ends the record on a more solemn note. The later inclusion of strings adds another touch of emotion to the already moving acoustic guitar structure that runs throughout the song, providing a tender end to an otherwise lively EP. A marvellous introduction from what his website describes as “a troubadour in the true sense of the word.”

Stereoboard Rating: 8/10

‘The Breakfast EP’ can be downloaded for free from Matthew P’s Facebook page.

Matthew P ‘Rolling On’

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