When the world gets a little heavy, sometimes only finely crafted, skillful and passionately delivered organic music tends to relieve the ache of that weight. Blend in a stunning vocal rasp and deeply moving poetic thread of contemplation, and Mat D offers precisely the remedy for chaos, with the blissfully soulful and heartbreaking Devil You Know.
From the extensive original album Phantom Locomotive, the song introduces a humble, elusive Mat D with a Sons of Anarchy style presence and build up.
From gentle beginnings, the artist lures you in – a mix that places the voice and guitar up front and centre. Slowly but surely this is proceeded by a blues-rock swagger of rhythm and subtle distortion, for a progression that’s as powerful as the lyrics that guide it.
Vocally supreme, Mat D has the talent to take his music to bigger stages. The fact that the writing and clear devotion to the performance are so faultlessly in keeping with the high bar set by that voice, is simply the icing on top.
Weave in a brief yet striking guitar solo during the central peak and we’re categorically on to a winner – in for the long run, committed to this storyteller and mood-setter of an album indefinitely.