I have reviewed music from around the world. Everything from street hustled mix-tapes to the most expensively produced albums out there. Although quality production is always nice, it’s not mandatory for a great listening experience. Some of my favorite albums are B-sides and basement recordings from my favorite artists.
The UK’s Matthew Barton comes across extremely DIY. I am not entirely sure how he made his latest EP, Kittenskins, but the constant white noise and at times distant layers give you the impression that Barton did so with the most modest of equipment. All of these elements certainly make the EP unique, but you can not just get a pass for trying really hard, you still have to have something that separates yourself from the rest to make it worth listening to. Barton does actually have that. His voice is extremely distinct with an almost alien-ish feel to it at times, but his lyrics and melodies are what really struck me listening to Kittenskins. They are the kind of foot stomping tracks that utilize minimalism to make a stronger end product.
I am not sure what is next for Matthew Barton, but I do sincerely hope he gets a shot at being something big. It would be interesting to hear recordings with a little bit higher budget, but with that being said, I certainly do not want to hear the charming low-fi quirkiness ever go away. Keep on doing you, Matthew Barton.
You can check out the new EP, Kittenskins, by Matthew Barton on BandCamp below. Enjoy!
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