Won’t Collapse is a recent four-song EP from Matthew Speaks. The artist behind the music Mathew Cody decided to go very DIY for this project. Everything besides the mastering seems to be done by him. The four songs are all instrumental and there's a good amount of variety here so let’s get into it.
“Satellite Calling” is the first song and starts with a very calming and ambient soundscape. Airy notes shimmer about and you get a feeling like it’s a field recording. Not too long after, you are greeted with a hard-hitting beat, piano notes and some atmospheric elements. There’s a bit of a new age quality at first. What I wasn’t expecting were the guitars which give the song a much more rock oriented feel and sort of morphs in post-rock with a very epic kind of feeling. Great opener.
“Collapse” which is one the highlights and begins with a dirty beat, sub bass synths and psychedelic guitars. The song progresses with white noise effects and sudden transitions. It did feel like a blend of rock and electronic. At points in the song Radiohead did come to mind. There are a good amount of changes which keep your attention. The groove around the three-minute mark is very locked in.
“Weight On Spring'' felt like the most post-rock influenced song. There are delayed guitars and the emotional resonance isn’t far off from a band like Explosions in the Sky. It’s also the most joyous sounding song with warm and comforting tones and colors. The song soars and I think this might be the most accessible song.
“New Year Cake” sort of continues with a joyous and uplifting post-rock energy. This essentially builds from the beginning. There’s a little more melancholy at first between the chord progressions but it really gets motivational sounding. On that note there are some dips in dynamics and the song soars once more before fading out.
There’s just enough variety between the tracks to feel like there’s a signature sound but it also keeps you engaged. Instrumental tracks aren’t the easiest to pull off and a lot of changes in my opinion are important. These songs had that too but again not too much where he couldn’t lock onto a groove. Great music overall. Take a listen.
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