In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It,” where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Love and Other Drugs” — Matt Nye
Love and Other Drugs
How We Found It
Matt Nye, a Florida native, finds himself in our SubmitHub inbox once again. We previously covered his track “Whatever is Whatever” from his 2020 album I’ll Be Fine, the follow-up to which is Nyestalgic, the project where “Love and Other Drugs” resides.
Why We Like It
“Love and Other Drugs” is an admission that Matt Nye is not okay. Its power comes both from the simplicity of this fact and from layers that rest behind it. The mere admission of emotional turmoil is like reaching the peak of a mountain in itself, but through carefully written lyrics and a serene soundscape, Matt Nye takes us deeper within his journey.
Nye’s delivery communicates the most abstract of notions as each of his lines seems to sit on the last, building up the weight that all of his problems exert onto his shoulders. Pinned down by existence, Matt turns to the only thing he can think of that will ease the pressure — drugs. The anxious tone of Nye’s voice is interrupted by his singing which slots in beautifully amongst the calm chords of the instrumental. However, the comedown is never too far away, the pain slowly rising in Matt’s voice.
This dynamic makes the song a push and pull between numb highs and cold realities within Matt Nye, the concept of solid ground a foreign entity. Few things are more painful than to feel like you are rising only to ricochet off a glass ceiling and find yourself stuck in the mud again. The stillness and peace found within that ascension as well as the discord which follows the fall both lie within Matt Nye, leaving being just ‘okay’ to be desired.
From Matt Nye
The instrumental is fucking beautiful and sweet, so its a little more palatable to digest, and I try to be vulnerable in my writing, we’re all ugly and raw when you strip away all the ego and shit, so to try and match it with beauty would be a bit off brand for me and would dilute it, and truth be told I think theres beauty and sadness in a bit of everything. Everything is juxtaposed to something and it’s all happening at the same time.” – Matt Nye for CentralSauce
More From Matt Nye
“Love and Other Drugs” is a single from the recently released Nyestalgic, an album that is definitely worth a spin. Be sure to follow Matt Nye on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with his releases.
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