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Mathew V: The Outer Circle

Soulful pop in the Sam Smith mode.

Mathew V dropped his EP titled The Outer Circle October 1, 2021 on 604 Records. He co-wrote each of the six songs, with most of the production coming from Luca Fogale and Logan Prescott.

Listen to The Outer Circle by Mathew V

When Mathew’s voice sings solo, without the many great background vocals, he sure recalls early Sam Smith.

That gets turned up more on track two of The Outer Circle, the ballad “Healing”.

Again, I love the background vocal arrangements. But the live video for “Healing”, which has Mathew singing in a car with overdubbed piano, might be better:

I prefer it to the studio track. It’s the piano instead of acoustic guitar.

Guitars have a subtle role in the sound around Mathew, the rising 604 artist. He sings to a younger, R&B-focused audience than another young Canadian pop singer like velours.

So, 604 must be on the hunt for Mathew’s “Latch”, the song that cements his legacy.

The first couple track titles have only one word, which follows a trend in attention-hungry pop. I can’t say I’m a fan of the finger-snapping backbeat trend, either.

The section about thirty seconds in on “Around Here” isn’t fully-cranked Justin Bieber breathy falsetto, but it’s in the range.

But Mathew is soulful, and “Around Here” is a nice song and arrangement: it even gets a bit folky (not folksy though) later on.

Then, we have “Written Out”. I’m always down for a piano-voice ballad straight to the heart. Kind of like how when Adele teased “Easy On Me” this week, I wished for that song to be just piano-voice too.

And “Written Out” is!

For frequent listening pop fans, Mathew strikes me as more honest and interesting to hear than some of the biggest names.

He fits right in with the stars.

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By Will Chernoff

William Ross Chernoff—known as Will to friends and colleagues—is a jazz musician, podcaster, YouTuber, and writer. He records and performs under his own name, William Chernoff.