Thursday, 10 January 2013

Matt Script - THRU THE NOISE

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If we let Chicago artist Matt Script describe the thought process and concept behind this mini-album we get this: "'THRU THE NOISE' explores the role of noise in our everyday lives, in this case I define noise as anything that impedes or distracts us from achieving our human potential. Noise is everywhere: at the workplace, at school, at our home, in our heads, online, in our relationships - the list can be endless. This LP is intended to at the very least get you thinking about what noise is in your life, what it means to you, and how you might address it." Well somebody did well on their philosophy course.

Joking aside, Matt Script does have a point in that noise is everywhere, soundtracking our lives whether we realise it or not. You'd be forgiven for thinking that such a notion would result in a more abstract concept album, but 'THRU THE NOISE', despite its subject matter, is more or less alt-pop/rock as we know it. That grand idea is carried out in a somewhat conventional way, but that's not to say this isn't a good record, it is a rather welcome distraction from the other uninvited noise that may be stealthily entering your cranium right now, without you even thinking about it.

"Can you hear me through the noise" he sings on the opening bars of 'THE NOISE' to a decent experimental rock backing, it's almost post-rock made with a heavy pop element to rein it in. It merges straight into the quite lovely 'Called' which is a pretty guitar-pop tune, this in turn is followed by the indie/pop of 'Out Of The Walls', another fine song. 'IDC' changes tack slightly and does have a more experimental leaning, and it's 'Erasmus' where that balance between traditional songs and innovation is felt most. It's not wildly "out there" or anything, but it does show another side to the music. In-depth meaning or not, this noise is one worth opening your brain to.

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