Matt Langham

Matt Langham


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Matt Langham

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Writer @DrownedinSound. Proofreader/editor. Professional procrastinator. INFJ. I stole all these opinions and you can't have them.
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Writer @DrownedinSound. Proofreader/editor.
Expertise
music promotion, music writing / blogging, music journalism, music reviews
Interests
indie rock, indie pop, singer/songwriter, music, alternative rock

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Riley Jensen submitted media.

Matt Langham

Really good propulsive track - makes its own healthy inertia that it crests while also setting a good balance of looped elements that serve the energy of the track rather than becoming repetitive. I think you've hit all the bases in combining the elements you've stated you want to while also making it work. Well recorded and produced - good balance to the instrumental elements. Not too sure about the visualization though - bit of a winamp throwback!

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Matt Langham

I enjoyed this. A headstrong, careening beat that does plenty for the song's impetus, nice use of synth and electroclash overtones - taking the best of a tired scene and reinjecting it with some real vigour. One criticism is that there's reaching and reaching - the sound is vaguely reminiscent of Everything Everything and it might be improved if more esoteric elements are embraced to keep the listener on edge. The video threatened to give me a migraine too!

Sophie Debattista submitted media.

Bloodline (mp3) by S.O.S

Matt Langham

This is an accomplished recording from a young artist, which has a simple and powerful message. It might not be ultimately to my taste, but it's certainly well thought through and well paced, produced and engineered. 

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Futureproof by Kaptur

Matt Langham

I had a lot of time for this. I enjoyed softer side of emo vocals and the propulsive, almost post-rock feel to the rhythm section that send the song skipping along and builds momentum. One criticism would be from a structural point of view - while the chorus has a good central hook, it feels from the 3/4 mark that the song really wants to kick up a level and soar, but it doesn't quite deliver on that front, even though the way it decays and collapses on itself is still interesting. Still, there's bundles of promise here. 

Tom Hackwell submitted media.

Broken Toys Song by Dragoman

Matt Langham

This is certainly all out there - a twisted carnival of sound that's at once driving, recalling psych rock, and spiralling, swirling in a deranged vortex of orchestral pop. It's a difficult trick to be both creepy and funny, but Dragoman has managed the feat, deftly balancing the sinister heft of parping brass with the archly crazed stomp of vaudeville piano that spins off into a psychotic waltz. 

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Go Outside by Maee

Matt Langham

This is an accomplished piece of lo-fi that's both airy (giving is some scope) and has the tenderness of a heartfelt bedroom ode. I enjoyed the combination of simple arpeggios and the drum machine in the verse, and it conjured up a really atmospheric piece overall - reminiscent of the New York band Ida, but with that electronic edge. Maybe an addition of more vocal harmonies could lift things further - the wounded interplay of male and female vocals in this case might be especially effective. There's clearly lots of potential here, and I'm guessing this songwriter works with feeling rather than a technical approach to composition, which is also clearly working.

Robert Kemp submitted media.

Oh No by Mike Simmons

Matt Langham

Thought this was excellent. Stripped back and straightforward without ever being mundane, a great melody, and interesting lyrics. It seems to conjure up something that's more than the sum of its parts, which is very promising. 

Tom Hackwell submitted media.

Poor Old Frankie by Dragoman

Matt Langham

Hi,

Thanks for sending this to me. Really impressed with the video, which is a nice and eye catching vignette of a mouse down on his luck. Surely something we can all relate to, and it's carried off with some Oliver Postgate-style elan. The song is a very pleasant slice of winsome folk - enjoyable instrumentation and vocals - and altogether it adds up to a beguiling little package. Really good work!

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Armchair Committee - Domovoi by Armchair Committee

Matt Langham

The heavier end of the rock spectrum isn't really my thing, but I still found this enjoyable. I think it could be a shade more distinctive in terms of the arrangement and songwriting, but there's certainly a nice snarling foundation to work from. Maybe focusing a little more on the dynamic range might help.

Jacob Faurholt submitted media.

Matt Langham

I can see the influences and had actually thought of Sparklehorse before I read it in the press release below. I think that while it's a nice collection of ideas it does feel caught between them - too long to be a slow-burning pop song, not experimental enough and too short to explore its drone influences, and its melody and subject matter feel grander than the instrumentation allows it to be. That said, I quite like it and it shows real promise - its purity and esoteric side especially - and think that overall it's a nice slice of dreamy lo-fi.

George Chanin submitted media.

Honed by Midcity

Matt Langham

Hi,

This is an impressive effort given how young the band are - and playing together for 2 years isn't really that long either! I liked the initial sinuous groove to this and the menacing vibe is good too, but I also felt that the space in it was at time a little too spacious, so momentum was lost a bit, and the heavier sections maybe not dynamic enough - i.e. I'd prefer the hear the unit play as one rather than pedals be fuzzed on. Like I say, minor criticisms really as there's plenty of promise to build on here. 

Tim Kuhl submitted media.

Tim Kuhl - Drive by Tim Kuhl

Matt Langham

Thanks for sending this to me. Very interesting mix of a noir monologue, noise and ambient which veers into performance art territory. As such it's a touch experimental for my taste, although I like the ideas and aesthetic. Gemma Samways at Drowned in Sound might be interested in this more as I know she's covered artists doing similar things.  

George Chanin submitted media.

Needles by Midcity

Matt Langham

Many thanks for sending this over to me. I like this - it starts with plenty of energy but does feel a little one paced from about three quarters of the way through. I don't think this is the fault of the drums, which demonstrate plenty of punch and beef - it may be more of a result of the repetitive guitar parts. Maybe a slightly heavier writing edit and, if anything, a looser performance would also keep things fresher within this style, as would underlining the dynamic range more. I can see the point of the outro, but it doesn't add to the song for me. Best of luck with it! 

Owen Duff submitted media.

Matt Langham

A pleasant indie pop song - cute without being twee. Enjoy the full production and brass.