There are home studios (a hundred dollar audio interface and a laptop) and there's a home studio. I got a good paying job after college and deciding to invest in gear. I became addicted. I bought analog compressors like an 1176, an expensive EQ called an Lil FrEQ, a summing bus and full rack of other gear. These reason I bring this up is because Mat Creedon has a comparable setup that is a legit home studio he used on his recently released self-titled album Mat Creedon. I fell in love with his list of gear
Creedon is a full on renaissance man when to comes music. His latest album is actually his third overall and he also teaches and produces. All these statements feel obvious after spending some time with the album. Creedon plays all the instruments and writes all the songs. The results are fantastic.
The songs are fun, very catchy and emotionally resonant. He says, “I think it sits somewhere between Beck and The Flaming Lips.” I love both those bands but I would actually give Creedon a little more credit. There is a retro, indie pop type style but it didn’t feel like any specific band was jumping out at me while listening to his songs.
The album gets going with a good amount of energy on “Every Bodies Gonna Fry.” The hooks are undeniable. I loved the vocals but those hand claps come in at a close second. I can’t forget the feedback from the guitar which was a great way to build crescendos.
Up next is “Dawn” which is a little more serene and ethereal. That being said the hooks are still so solid and apparent in the song. Creedon continued to impress and even got better with “Keeps Me Hypnotised.” In fact “Keeps Me Hypnotised” could be the highlight on the album. There are little production tricks here and there that are pure ear candy that add to the song even though it would sound great with just guitar and vocals. As the album progresses there were a number of standouts such as “Drive On By,” “27 Years,” “Out To Sea” and the closer “Orbita.”
This is an exceptional album that had it all for me. Great production, songwriting and delivery. Highly recommended.
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