Tim Matsing is an artist from Sweden who released a indie pop/garage rock.album entitled Trial and Error. It’s an extremely lo-fi album that despite the production has some solid songs.
In regards to production I’m pretty forgiving but there are a number of issues here that are just too salient not to point out. There is some harsh high frequency on some of the songs that could have easily been removed. Using a low pass filter and removing anything above 11k would have helped immensely. The drums are almost non-existent because of this. Furthermore with recordings that have this many high frequencies you simply can not crank unless you want your ears to ring.
The album opens with “Jack Kerouac.” It's a simple song yet pretty catchy. The delivery is a bit sloppy but for the most part it felt like it fit with the song. Bit of Mac Demarco vibe here. Up next is “The Wealthy Pauper” which has shades of The Velvet Underground. The guitar solo was enjoyable but I thought the harmonica solo was where it was at.
Out of nowhere is a traditional blues song “Barbed Wire Fence.” The song feels completely random coming off the first two songs. “Happy” is loose garage rock. I have to say I loved these lyrics about the ever popular “safe spaces” college students seem to propagate. He sings, “You don't need a safe space, nobody really does / You don't need to go to that imaginary place, that bubble will burst / You could be happy.”.The high frequencies were too much for me to bear on “Modern Man.”
There is no denying that Trial and Error is inconsistent in a number of ways - from the style of songs he presents to the recording quality. Despite this there are some well written songs. I’d like to hear Matsing give a little more thought as to establishing a cohesive style on his next release. I’d also at the very least eliminate some of those harsh high frequencies with a standard EQ you can find in any modern DAW.
Overall, I enjoyed Trial and Error ad with a little more attention to detail I think Mattsing can bring it to the next level.
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