While pop vocalist Matt Hires couldn’t rightly be accused of being a musical trailblazer, there’s something about that warbly voice of his that is downright appealing. Yet in the four years since his debut release Take Us To the Start, we’ve only heard a four-song EP (A to B) and a five-song EP with live versions of songs we’d already heard.
Suffice it to say we’re ripe for new music from Matt Hires; so what do we get? Another four-song EP, entitled Forever. (As in, we’ve been waiting forever for another album?)
Forgive me for my tongue-in-cheekiness. I’m not complaining about the music. I’m complaining that there isn’t enough of it.
Forever, in fact, packs a nice punch for all of its four songs. The lead track “Restless Heart” kicks off with a driving rhythm and great hook, and although it’s not really talking about a happy subject (love gone bad), it begs to be danced to. By absolute contrast, the title track “Forever” is pure love: “Forget about tomorrow’s light / I only wanna hold tonight forever.” “Sound of Falling in Love” and “Signal In the Sky” are equally impactful; in fact, every song here could easily be a radio-worthy single. (Perhaps that was the plan.) There’s a bit of lyrical weakness here and there, but there are charting singles on the pop market today that are considerably worse.
The only other thing I can say about this record is that I hope there is more to come. In the meantime, the Forever EP is worth picking up. If this is a teaser for a new full-length, let’s hope we don’t wait forever.