Matt Gordon is a twenty-four-year-old musician from California who released a three-song EP entitled Cheap Thrills. The songs are commercially viable pop/rock songs that would have a home on FM radio. I can’t say Gordon is introducing anything new with this EP. The songs are extremely straightforward where they sound like an amalgamation of many rock bands ranging from The Foo Fighters to Jimmy Eat World to many bands in between.
The production as well veers much more toward pop music more than anything else. This is most noticeable when to comes to the vocals. They sound very polished with arguably too many effects.
The EP opens with “I KNOW YOU” which has an element of pop/rock but also pop-punk. It's somewhat the bridge but the chorus feels like certified pop-punk. The kind of pop-punk that has been around since Jimmy Eat World gained popularity.
Up next is the title track which takes advantage of reverb laced delayed guitar and straightforward power chord progressions. It’s a catchy song from beginning to end but also predictable. He closes with “Valley Kids” which is a little more grand and nostalgic then anything that came before.
There is nothing inherently wrong with Cheap Thrills. The songs are well written pop songs with some catchy hooks. Gordon does need to realize how familiar these songs sound. The production is like many that have come before. Since there is so much music being made these days it's more important than ever to find a way to stand out. Gordon has some talent so I would tell him to dig as deep as he can to figure out how can stand out from the crowd. At twenty-four Gordon is still very young and has time to evolve. I’m looking forward to hearing where he will be in a couple of years.
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