Matthew Grimm is badliterature. His self-titled EP Bad Literature is a mixed lo-fi experimental affair. The songs aren’t particularly musical and emphasize mood and atmosphere over anything else.
He opens with “yikes@us.” The first thing you are greeted with is a sample of song that fades into him playing guitar and hyperbolically singing about a burned relationship. He talks, sings and often sounds frantic. The song disjointedly transitions into a beat where he continues to talk about a relationship that's gone sour.
The next track is comically dismal. I’m not sure what his intention was but it was hard to take seriously. I was reminded of the band Xiu Xiu. However, I was even more reminded of Xiu Xiu on the next track “stonedinthegraveyard.” He distorts his voice and speaks fast and furiously stringing together non sequiturs that often have the inflection of a hyped stand up comedian. Other times he goes in a lower register talking about how he is wasting away.
“Zoloft” is basically an eleven-minute ambient track. The song revolves around a sample from a Zoloft commercial. He snippets the part that repeats the line “whatever you do / you feel lonely.” The song has no dynamics. There is no crescendo, no hook. The song could repeat forever like a misty fog that you never wake up from. “Basement” is a very lo-fi song. He strums a couple of chords and utters some words I could barely make out.
I’m not completely sure what Grimm is going for with this EP. He jumps all over the place stylistically. I think a little more musicality could go a long way. Songs with more transitions, dynamics and melody.
Overall, this falls into a case of wait and see. Grimm is poking around experimenting with the tools he has available but I think there are plenty of ways he can improve his sound.
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