Switched On – Matthewdavid: On Mushrooms EP (Leaving Records)

by Ben Hogwood

What’s the story?

Matthewdavid has been busy, with new album Mycelium Music readied for the end of April – and the On Mushrooms EP is a taster ahead of that release.

What’s the music like?

The title gives a strong implication of where this EP sits, but as with other releases from Matthewdavid it works of its own accord, as music that enhances mental wellbeing.

The tracks are cleverly structured, divided by bursts of white noise that mean they can segue into one another comfortably. The music teems with life, in spite of its relative stasis, and on tracks like Under A Tree the green shoots are easy to discern. Matthewdavid works his electrical material with all sorts of intriguing twists and turns.

A New Ambient swirls across the stereo picture, gone all too briefly, but Too High To Play Bear’s Campout is like a musical whirlpool. One4G starts in a calmer place before twisting upwards and away.

Does it all work?

It does, with very little weight – this is music for recharge and reparation.

Is it recommended?

It is – maybe not as a way in to Matthewdavid’s music, as earlier releases are more immediate and more obviously ambient. However On Mushrooms doesn’t need any extra curricular stimulant to work its magic.


Spotify link tbc


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