Formed on Wednesday is Matt Joll’s solo project. He recently released The Golden Man which is a straightforward rock album. The album consists of a lot of distorted power chords and a familiar style that you could trace back to plenty of different bands.
The album is completely DIY and is about demo quality. The vocals needed some work in a number of areas; a lot of which could have been taken care of in post.
This album should have either been considered a double album with two sides or made shorter. There are thirteen tracks with one track over eight minutes and the other over twelve. If you are one of those people who still think an album should be listened to from beginning to end in one session this is a lot to take in.
Most of the songs can be described in the same way and there isn’t much reason to go in detail. The majority of the tracks are relatively fast, rock/pop songs with some catchy melodies along the way. Now that you know that, I think it’s best to talk about the track which felt unique which was “The Story.”
I thought the vocal delivery was some of the best on this song and I enjoyed the clean guitar parts. The eight-plus-minute song “Opiates” is one of the most technically apt at least during the first half of the song. I thought the drumming was inspired at points. The closer “Chronicles of a Delinquent” which goes on for twelve-plus- minutes revolves around distorted major and minor chords. I was expecting something else in the song provided the run time.
Joll is a young guy who currently wears his influences on his sleeve and still has a good way to go to compete with some of the best music that is being released in today's world. There were some decent hooks but still he has to find a more original sound and work on his delivery and production. As of right now he falls into a case of wait and see.
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