Malcolm MacWatt is a musician from London, UK who recently released Three Truths and The Chord. In his fifty-six years on this planet MacWatt has worked as a newspaper journalist, a roustabout in the North Sea offshore oil industry and most recently in inner-city London schools. He first played in a band in the ‘80s but his recent effort Three Truths and The Chord is a solo record.
It’s a very stripped back effort consisting of just guitar and lead vocals. I’ve made my thoughts pretty clear about this in the past. Suffice it to say I’ve probably attended too many open mics and listened to hundreds of albums that follow this format. Although it’s not just the format it’s the similar emotions that these albums create most of the time.
The intimate warmth, melancholy and contemplative nostalgia are so standard to these type of albums that I start to wonder it anything else is possible with an acoustic and a lead vocal. On that note this album for what it is hits all the right notes.
MacWatt is a talented guitar player who switches it up enough with style. Some songs are picked while others are strummed. In fact, he does a great job creating dynamics as well. Some songs are clearly more upbeat while others lean more into melancholy. I would say these things combined into a nice flow throughout the album. It's cohesive and a pleasure to listen to.
His singing is also top notch. He has a sort of classic singer/songwriter voice. More often than not he has that stoic sort of voice that can proudly reflect upon the past no matter how many troubles were there.
I’ve also mentioned that I prefer to listen to an album from beginning to end. I treat it like a movie. My only slight critique is that this would have been more potent around ten songs which was my impression after the first two run throughs. On that note this album contains heartfelt and sincere songs which are the backbone to this experience. Recommended.
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook