Swedish act Many Voices Speak released a debut EP in late October, entitled “Away for All Time” and out via Strangers Candy. At three tracks, it’s a short release that aimed for quality over quantity. Unfortunately, a unique flavor of brass can’t quite save this one from fading into the background of an oversaturated genre.
Matilda Mård moved to the small Swedish industrial town of Borlänge in order to escape the distractions of city life and focus on the creative process. “Away for All Time” was a very personal piece of work for her. It is meant to express “the loss of control and how it paradoxically can be guilty of the worst and most wonderful things.”
As far as the instrumental composition goes, the freshman EP feels pretty sub-par. Basic beats and under-emphasized guitar portions fade to the background unceremoniously. The only portion that attempts to save this release is an excellent choice in brass accompaniment. A trumpet in the latter half of “Video Child” really goes a long way in filling out Many Voices Speak’s sound. Unfortunately, this is the only portion of the EP where the trumpet makes an appearance.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/285114274″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
Many Voices Speak‘s “Away for All Time EP” relies heavily on the lyrics to carry it along. Regrettably, these lyrics fall short of impressive. “I feel the breeze saying you’re stayin’, and it feels so good” simply cannot qualify as good writing in any form. It’s generic, it’s overdone, and a poor expression of what she is trying to say. Mård may have undergone a personal journey of learning and growth, but we fail to see it here.
Her single “Blue Moon” gave hope for a really special release but unfortunately, it is not featured on “Away For All The Time EP”. Indeed, the cover is an outtake from the recording sessions. With poorly developed instrumentals and lyrics that fail to express what she’s really feeling, Many Voices Speak‘s 3-track project falls flat. It is already piling up dust as just another 80’s dream-pop release.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/287015056″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]