Matthew Santos Into The Further Review

What A Voice!

Matthew Santos is a well respected artist who has won the Grammy Award twice already in his career. He is also someone who has received accolades from the likes of Justin Timberlake and Rihanna. Santos has recently released a new record, “Into The Further.” So, is he worth the hype he’s been getting?

Matthew Santos Into The Further Review

The album opens with the title track. From the first sounds, it is clear that listeners are in for something that is sonically different from anything they’e heard before. The track mixes a drum beat with a haunting voice that simply sings the phrase “Into The Further” a handful of times.
The next track, “Ojos,” presents more of an acoustic-guitar led track that mixes in a drum beat. The song sounds like it would be perfect for a dramatic moment in a television series or movie. The thing that struck me was how little Santos uses his voice, as there was simply a “oo” sound in the song that he makes and nothing else. Typically, I prefer songs with words, but I still managed to find this song interesting as background music.
“Seven Years,” which appears two tracks later, is, simply, fantastic. Santos sings in this track and it made me flabergasted that he had not sung more on the previous tracks. His voice is simply stunning, as he takes listens on a sonic journey about a man who has been asleep for 7 years in a hospital bed and suddenly wakes up. This track absolutely drove home why Timberlake and Rihanna have paid attention to him- and why everyone needs to.
“Second Chances,” is another beautiful track that appears later on the album. While the instrumentation is wonderful, it is Santos’s beautiful, haunting voice that shines through on the track, especially when he sings, “Are you in it just to win it or is it love?”
Other tacks included on the album are the somber, pretty “Winter’s Song” and the interesting, mostly instrument-driven track “And Now Into The Leap.”
With “Into The Further,” Matthew Santos absolutely demonstrates he is a star. My only criticism would be that I wish he sang on all of his songs, as he has a voice that commands your attention and deserves to be heard.
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