Our Violet Room's Aching Acoustic EP
It wasn’t until last year that solo singer-songwriter Our Violet Room began releasing music. Grappling with a lifetime of depression, anxiety, and physical health issues, Matthew didn’t feel the pull or purpose to pursue music until he finally received a correct diagnosis that allowed him to move forward and make big things happen for himself.
Now, as Our Violet Room, Matthew’s putting out gentle acoustic tunes that’ll break your heart. Last year, he released his second EP, Loss and Death in Winter, 10 minutes of impossibly painful but necessary indie-folk. “This little EP was birthed out of the loss of a relationship (my marriage), the death of a loved one, and the hope that may come from the pain,” Matthew told The Music Mermaid. “It was a melancholy, tangible piece of my heart.”
That descriptor — a melancholy, tangible piece of his heart — is more accurate than anything we could ever say about this EP. These songs aren’t polished; there’s no editing whatsoever, just quiet moments of Matthew and his guitar, so there’s this raw quality that mimics his emotional pain. It’s aching and it’s quivering and it’s wobbly, much like an irregular heartbeat or a voice broken by tears.
Loss and Death in Winter opens with “Loss (And I),” rolling on sweet acoustic strums before tentative vocals come in, delivering verses so personal it feels like maybe we’re not supposed to be listening, like we’re watching them fall out of his mouth from tinted windows. It’s a hopeful track, though, so there’s a nice lilt to the melody. On “Death,” two and a half minutes move slowly. The vocals are at their most vulnerable, reaching for strong croons but faltering with the pain of reflecting on a tough subject. The acoustic has a gorgeous little layered sound to it, doubling up underneath the vocals and carrying the song to its soft end. “Winter” concludes the EP by merging the tones and feelings of the first two songs. Gentle strums get stronger and gritty vocals abound once again but there’s a subtle softness to this one; more glimmers of hope. On Loss and Death in Winter, Our Violet Room shares three distinct pieces of his battered soul with pretty acoustic balladry.
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