Artist: The Welcome Matt
Album: POP JUNK FLUFF AND HYPE
Producers: Matt Langlois
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Pop, Alternative
The Welcome Matt, the solo act of Matt Langlois will draw you in, first with its name, and then perhaps with its new album. Here we test it to see if it does:
|The Welcome Back|
|Key of G|
|Let it Lead You|
|Pop Junk Fluff and Hype|
|Mode of Transportation|
|A Hail Mary|
|Let’s Really Go|
|Cast a Line|
1. The Welcome Back
This song has been worked quite a bit, in terms of its musical variation. It is on this track that Matt Langlois’s great taste for arrangement is in full view. The strong beginnings of the album offer a very personal style in the vocals and lyrics.
2. Key of G:
The Key of G introduces the album’s procedural pop sound (Every artist has a procedural song somewhere). This is good news for an audience that enjoyed itself. The song is a narration of the songwriter’s adventure into keys other than the hospitable G, starting with D.
3. Let it Lead You
As promised, another helping of The Welcome Matt’s pop music. A couple of mysterious tones commemorate the chorus: Let it (the mystery) lead you on…
4. Pop Junk Fluff & Hype
A rock tune that has the charisma of a television title song accompanying fast paced visuals, it advises against buying into pop, junk, fluff and hype, which I responded to with a spark of agreement.
5. Mode of Transportation
The chorus will elicit immediate recognition on the second listening, no matter how long ago the first time was, and may also run on your mind unexpectedly.
6. A Hail Mary
More dissonant than the rest, A Hail Mary is an aesthetic relief from the previous songs. It mixes together some very interesting components- an electric effect that sounds harmonica- like, 70s pop and rock and a well written, effective guitar solo.
7. Get Shameless
The song targets the people described in it at length as shameless. Since it is an example of the sort of staple an artist-managing talent scout in the late sixties would have reveled in, one wonders if it is more specifically aimed at the psychedelic counterculture of the time.
8. Mind Control
Both musically and lyrically upfront, with the vocals and associated punk elements protesting against a backdrop of noisy machinery.
9. Let’s Really Go
This song captures something elusive- it manages to be model of exploration (a vibe that is so eclectic) that is more than simple, clearly contrasting the waggedy tailed excitement and the stop-and-stare wonder of travelling. I do not wish to elaborate lest of the reader becomes too indoctrinated into the praise to appreciate the music.
10. Cast a Line
The perfect way to unwind at the end of the album, while still retaining the infectious excitement, characterized in part by the slight tremor in the singers voice.
Final thoughts: This may well be The Welcome Matt in its prime, and it appears that it will last. As Langlois has said, “ I am not an emerging artist. I have arrived.” You don’t want to miss out on it.
Picks of the album: The Welcome Back, A Hail Mary, Let’s Really Go, Cast a Line