The EP opens with a self-titled track that gets the emotions flowing. Matt Woods sings about a personal experience, and the lessons that came from it. In a recent interview, he stated: “The song is about accepting that some people will always have a hold over you no matter how much you’d like them not to.” It is a beautifully performed track, all the way from the vocals to the beat. He sings that “sentiment burns the soul, it stains us at the core”. Woods continues to express a similar feeling throughout: that sometimes there isn’t a way to ever fully get over someone, but instead you just have to get up and move on.
With “Ain’t No Use EP”, Matt Woods delivers a pleasurable and solid debut, with great vocals and depth to the composition.
The drum and synth choices are of a consistent high quality throughout the release. There’s a varied sound across the four tracks while still maintaining continuity, letting you know it’s all one related piece of content. There’s a variety of tempo and depth to the composition. This came as a bit of a surprise for a four track release, as these shorter releases tend to be either lyric-focused or instrument-heavy tech demos. Matt Woods manages a very complete sound on every track, making me long for more.
The last song of the “Ain’t No Use EP”, “If You Forget Me”, brings the story to a solemn close. He sings, “If you forget me, you should know that I forgot you long ago.” It doesn’t come off as aggressive or spiteful, merely a simply-stated fact, a tired statement at the end of a long journey. It’s a beautiful ending to an all-around well-done project.
Matt Woods has started something that I hope other artists will pick up and continue. “If You Forget Me” attempts to tell an unexplainable story, and does a damn good job. This artist has enough soul to take on a dozen church choirs and win – and he’s just getting started.