“And at the end of every day / I know just one thing / You’re the only thing that matters to me” croons Cary Park in one of my favorite excerpts from the new single “You Matter to Me.” Driven by a lush harmony between Park’s vocal and the gust of guitar strings that sits in his shadow, “You Matter to Me” is a track that doesn’t ask much of its audience in exchange for a sonic treat as pleasurable to country fans as it is the casual pop consumer. While not the only indie release you should be listening to right now, this single is definitely among the best bucolic ballads I’ve listened to recently.
Cary Park’s execution is literally half the reason why “You Matter to Me” feels as relaxed yet firm as it does. The other half comes from the foundation of the melodies, penned in part by Park’s accomplice in Pat Melfi. Their collaboration creates quite a few chills between the start and finish of this song, and my gut tells me that it’s what gives the music the mature feel it’s sporting. When two powerhouses work together, you get double the thrills inside of a single composition, and that isn’t something most fans would turn down.
The bassline creates a tuneful buffer between the vocals and the guitar that I think was necessary to prevent muddiness in the master mix, but it’s never so pronounced in the mix as to become audible at lower volumes. That sort of pseudo-surrealism has been quite popular among rock and hip-hop artists lately, but it’s nice to see that it’s not spilling over into the country/pop crowd yet. Park is doing fine with this blueprint – if I were him, I wouldn’t alter a thing about the way he’s currently making music.
It would be really cool to witness the audience response to “You Matter to Me” sometime, mostly because I think it has the potential to become one of Park’s stage favorites. This track has all the right bones to be a live staple, and depending on the material that it’s matched up with in any given setlist, I can picture it leading the audience into the start of a performance just as easily as it could conclude a long night of jamming. Flexibility isn’t easy to come by nowadays, but this is one artist dishing it out like popcorn at the movies.
Those who live for premium balladry of the Americana variety really can’t go wrong with what Cary Park and Pat Melfi have created for the world at large in “You Matter to Me” right now. Though some artists are more than content to practice the same techniques their contemporaries would just as soon build careers around, Cary Park isn’t taking as easy a route to stardom with his career. He’s spent plenty of time in the background as a session musician, and in 2020, he’s making a case for why he should be recognized for his solo talents above all else.
by Bethany Page
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