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[EP] Matthew Young – Fruit

Matthew Young has just released his incredible new EP “Fruit”. “Fruit” starts with the energetic and vibey track “Fix Me Up” which grooves immediately and introduces listeners to Matthew Young’s unique & compelling vocals.

“Hey” follows, diving in with a bluesy guitar, a heavy groove, and high rhythmic vocals. Young’s vocals are smooth, almost rapping, keeping each line tight and the vibe consistent until the chorus sails with his falsetto.

What follows is an incredible cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” which captures the darkness and intensity of the original while infusing Young’s unique vocals and sensibility. It carries atmospheric elements of Placebo’s famous cover, but sets itself apart in how plaintively Young delivers each line and the production’s deliberate minimalism.

“For You – Low Life” follows with a steady groove that keeps your head nodding. It’s as if Frank Ocean and Allen Stone collaborated, with tight rhythmic lines and soaring melodies all grooving a front-and-center drum kit.

“Over This” immediately starts with incredibly unique sound design before exploding into Young’s first verse. Steady and direct, this song vibes with a dynamic ebb-and-flow until it hits a powerful and incredibly catchy chorus.

“Problem” is a slow jam of minimalism and atmosphere. Young’s vocals are mellow and introspective here, crooning through the verses, and hitting home the choruses. It’s a slow-build that pays off so well and sets itself apart from the more upbeat or percussion-heavy tracks on the EP.

The record concludes with “Collect” which a danceable bop from start to finish. Consistent metallic tonal percussion, a heavy kick, and Young’s wailing falsetto layers carries this track with a steamy smoothness.

Overall “Fruity” is an amazing debut EP that should catapult Matthew Young’s sound to listeners around the world.

Nathan Irving
Nathan Irving (aka Nate Flaks) is a writer for WFNM & 1/2 of the electronic indie-pop duo Sleeping Lion.