I guess I should stop expecting music to fall into easily defined genres or neat pigeon-holes. Those days are gone and people like Matty Marz really aren’t helping. But then I wouldn’t want it any other way. Who wants a string of identikit rock bands, urban acts all sampling the same sources or soul music that just repeats the same pop tricks that we have heard many times before in a move to make a quick buck? Not me, give me Matty Marz and albums like Dandy any day of the week. The fact that I can’t sum things up in a quick and easy sound bite is exactly why it is so great.
At its heart there is a soulful pop vibe, an indie-electro heart and a gentle dance groove but it is what he adds to this mix and which generic boundaries he hops, swerves and often completely destroys that makes it intriguing. Dirtbag plays with some rock muscle, Sober is a chart ready indie hit waiting to get noticed, Slow Motion is a deconstructed, dreamstate pop ballad and Pretty Boy’s has echoes of Prince at his most minimal.
There is a lot going on here, more than first meets the ear, so I suggest that as soon as you have finished reading this, you hunt the album down and fill in all the things I haven’t had room to write about…and believe me there is a lot more to discover.