WE REVIEW THE NEW EP FROM MATT WOODMAN – THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN
Matt Woodman’s debut album, “The World That We Live In”, offers a captivating journey through a diverse soundscape that seamlessly blends elements of Indie-Pop, Pop Rock, Alternative, and Indietronica. At just 25 years old, the singer from Heywood showcases impressive musical maturity in both his songwriting and production, delivering a collection of tracks that explore the intricacies of human emotions and the perspectives that shape our lives.
The album opens with “Welcome Call”, a track that sets the tone with its cinematic soundscape. It’s a fitting introduction that transports listeners into the world Matt Woodman is about to unfold. Follows “The World That We Live In”, giving its name to the album, incorporates upbeat rhythms and subtle electronic elements. However, the extended intro of this track might leave some listeners wanting a quicker entry into the main musical experience.
Woodman’s ability to blend electronic elements with folk sensibilities shines in “Bruxism”. This lovely pop-folk track surprises listeners with electronic accents, resulting in a delightful fusion of genres that keeps the album’s sonic palette diverse and engaging. “Avoiding My Heart”, the lead single, takes a more pop-rock approach, delving into themes of love and anxiety. It’s here that Woodman’s knack for relatable lyricism becomes evident, and his vocal performance carries emotional weight, affirming the “force to be reckoned with” status critics have bestowed upon him.
After that, we find “Head In The Clouds” which presents a unique twist, starting with a captivating piano introduction that segues into an indietronica journey. This instrumental shift adds a layer of depth to the album and showcases Woodman’s willingness to experiment with his sound. Then, “Trigger Happy” exudes catchiness with its pop-rock foundation and country undertones, offering a foot-tapping addition to the album.
The track “Alice” stands out as an acoustic gem that delivers heartfelt lyrics and a stripped-down arrangement, showcasing Woodman’s versatility as a songwriter. “Time Keeps Moving” continues the album’s pop-folk vibe, maintaining the album’s momentum while exploring the passage of time and change. “The Other Side” closes the album on an indie-pop note, leaving listeners with a lingering sense of Woodman’s musical prowess.
What makes “The World That We Live In” particularly compelling is Woodman’s skillful experimentation with various genres. He successfully weaves electronic, pop-rock, and folk elements together, creating an album that remains engaging from start to finish. While the extended intros on a couple of tracks might interrupt the overall flow, the intricate instrumentals and relatable themes make this album a strong debut effort.