NYC has a reputation for chewing people up and spitting people out, making those vulnerable to the city’s grueling routine feel lost among the shuffle. Artists come and go, and then there are those like Matteo Scher, a 20-year-old piano player who moved to the city with a dollar and a dream, and stayed. The Something Good EP is a 4-track audio diary dedicated to his experiences in the Big Apple.
The EP, self-produced by the artist, maintains an even trot with soft instrumentals and piano playing comparable to that of rock legends Elton John and Billy Joel. The 20s era lounge singer vocals on the first track, “New York and Me” could be mistaken for the counterpart of Michael Buble or Frank Sinatra. This track also has a twinge of Vanessa Carlton’s piano style, as do the slower tracks like “Forget” and “Something Good.” In “Painkiller” we reach the crux of an emotional relationship whirlwind, feeling the emotional dependency with every forceful shake of the cabasa and desperate flick of a piano note. Through his audio diary listeners learn what it means to sacrifice everything you’ve known for a dream and finally find your footing in a jungle of others just like you.
The Something Good EPis available for streaming here: