The rising choruses of Matt Perriment encourage easy comparison to acts like Bears Den and Ben Howard. However, his version of indie folk feels fresh and authentic in a musical climate that often favours jam-packed production over sincerity and humility. After successful debut EP ‘Everlast’, two sold-out headline shows in London and plenty of support from BBC Introducing and Spotify, Perriment returns with his new EP ‘Memos’ – an intimate, five-track documentation of the most vulnerable aspects of the human condition.
Perriment explains that the EP ‘is an open snapshot of the key moments of my life for the last two years, a collection of unique memos that helped me through the tribulations of love, loss, mental health and wanting to escape from London for a while.’ Produced by Katie Earl, ‘Memos’ excels in capturing atmosphere and emotion with sophistication and nuance.
‘Memo’s’ first two singles ‘Oceans’ and ‘Promise’ introduced an expansion of Perriment’s signature stripped-back sound. The sonic landscape is bigger, with haunting keys, textured strings, flavours of ambient electric guitar, and vocal delivery that hits where it hurts.
Third single ‘Distance’ explores the distortion of memory that occurs in the temporal space between a past relationship and the present. A done-before theme that Perriment injects with a new lease of life, all from his unique perspective.
The EP’s closing track, ‘Masks’ is a tender account of realising a loved one is struggling on their own, behind the vision of themselves that they show to the world. With only a gentle guitar to accompany his stunning voice, Perriment is at his best in delivering genuinely affecting writing.
‘Memos’ EP is out on all platforms 22nd March.