First Play Friday // ‘Matters’ – Methyl Ethel

It has been a while, hasn’t it? In between actually reading some books, attending a music festival and making my new house feel like home, I have neglected my other blog content a bit.

Way back in June, alongside Music Mondays (which will be back and better than ever soon), I started a new music series First Play Friday which shows off a new or upcoming release.

Previous tracks include ‘I Did It To Myself’ by Dakota Jones, ‘Powerhouse’ by Stranger Girl, ‘Safe Bet’ by Cucamaras, ‘Fall Away ‘ by Rowdy Outsider, ‘ I Only Party (w my Baby)’ by SLUGS, ‘Watching Cartoons ‘ by La Luz, ‘Blame It’ by Marlow, ‘Perfect Design’ by Mason Rose Gray and ‘Cosmic Saturation’ by The Velveteins.

For the eleventh post of the series, I’m spotlighting ‘Matters’ by Methyl Ethel. The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and vocalist shows off his new wave and indie rock sound with a track full of energetic music and captivating, soaring vocals.

From the opening line, the impactful vocals take the listener through the feeling of danger and something going wrong.

Regarding the track, Jake Webb says I was living in LA while writing this song. After being there a while, I realised that I knew nothing about what to do if there was an earthquake. It occurred to me that there is the ever-present danger lurking beneath your feet. It’s just something you have to learn to live with, this aura of danger. There are fault lines that run through all of us, threatening to open when we least expect. As the world begins to reckon with a certain cracking of the foundations, I thought it would be interesting to explore the frenetic, reactive feeling, of danger”.

This sense of danger, and confusion, is further reflected in the glitchy, frantic music video (directed by Duncan Wright).

Much like its accompanying video, the track is complex and intriguing.

The track taps in to the anxiety that we’ve all felt at some point over the last year or so but the vocals and quirky Tame Impala esque production makes for an easy listen.

The track feels familiar and completely alien at the same time, a testament to Methyl Ethel’s evolving style.

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The track ‘Matters’ is available to stream on Spotify.


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**This track was sent to me via Prescription PR. I was not instructed to review this track and all opinions of it are my own.

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