Matt Welch grew up in Darwin, Australia. The Australian terrain has gone on to inform much of Welch’s music. His childhood consisted of bare-footed antics and outback adventuring which continues to be realized in his lyrics today. At 19, Welch moved to Melbourne and studied classical guitar, while at the same time fronting and composing for Fly South and The Smitten. He is currently the frontman to his band The Good Minus. Long List is Welch’s first release as a solo artist.
This is an independent and DIY project with the songs written, performed and mixed by Welch. The songs were recorded, mixed and mastered in a home studio.
In the singer/songwriter vein, Welch wears his heart on his sleeve on these mellow, easy-going tracks. Though these songs contain a breezy sound, his vocals come from a deep emotional place. Reverberating with a whole lot of feeling, you get to see an artist baring his soul on these down-to-earth and soulful releases. With many a memorable melody, these tracks contain numerous momentous instances - like the beatific acoustic guitar melody on “Endings” and the amped energy felt on the new wave-inspired “Don’t Give Up.”
Long List opens up with “Better” where a smattering of guitars, bass lines, drums and percussions coalesce together to create a dynamic sound. The acoustic guitar sounds beatific on this track. The melody is lovely. Welch’s vocals are warm and heartfelt. His reverberating timbre harnesses a golden cadence. A dramatic song, a strong sense of urgency underlines this song.
Following is “Endings,” where deft strumming on the acoustic guitar starts off this track. This is mainly a stripped-down acoustic song. Though simply rendered, a momentous sound unfolds. The cadences coming from the acoustic guitar are striking and awe-inspiring. With soft lilting elements, the track sounds a lot like a lullaby filled with soothing and peaceful vibes.
“Don’t Give Up” contains an energized ‘80s-inspired synths and electronic backbeat. A new wave feel courses thorough this electronic song. The lyrics are inspirational filled with uplifting and positive vibes. Upbeat and catchy, the track contains melodic riffs. An electric guitar solo sounds off toward the two-minute mark.
On the closer “Here,” the song projects some Eastern-influences. Deft strumming on the acoustic guitar unleashes a dynamic sound. Vocals dives into reverberating riffs. Percussions gives off a buoyant feel. The Eastern-inspired vibe sizzles with a lively cadence.
On this record, Welch delves into a mellow indie folk/pop sound as well as an ‘80s-inspired/new wave feel that explores his diverse tastes in music. With warm and heartfelt vocals, Welch infuses a heartwarming effusiveness that makes these pressing compositions timeless. Like returning home after a long journey away, these tracks arrive at a place of solace. These soothing songs offer up a sense of comfort and reliability. Listeners can definitely turn to these tracks again and again for an overflowing sense of warmth and gratitude.
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