Sunday, 27 February 2011

ALBUM REVIEW: Syd Matters - BrotherOcean

Release Date: 14/02/2011

Released on : Because Music

With the name ‘Syd’ in the name of the artist, and an opening track called Wolfmother you may think this album might have a loud good ol’ fashion rock and roll vibe. Alas, that isn’t the case with BrotherOcean from Syd Matters – it is a drifting, folky record. But, of course, that alone doesn’t mean it should be cast aside.

It’s the fact that BrotherOcean can get rather boring that means the above sentence could be considered good advice.

Now, you don’t need to be rock and roll in order to be exciting but BrotherOcean does often verge onto the wrong side of dull. That’s not to say it’s not a decent album; the acoustic instruments sound fine but a lot of tracks sound the same. The slow, often downbeat vocals-especially on We are Invisible-don’t do much to stir up much interest.

Thankfully BrotherOcean is somewhat saved by some wistful, pleasant melodies on tracks including River Sister and Lost. Meanwhile, Rest ups the tempo of the entire album with an almost electronic sound, even if the vocals aren’t that different to the sullen tone of the rest of the album.

Syd Matters has produced an adequate if rather repetitive album with BrotherOcean, which might be worth a look if if you’re a fan of old Noah and the Whale or the recently disbanded Nizlopi.