Here I am, on my computer. Itâ€™s a gorgeous winter day with the first snow of the season! To my dismay, Iâ€™m stuck at home with a cold. Needless to say, my weak immune system plus my sleep debt have caught up with me.Instead of surfing the slopes, Iâ€™m surfing the net with a cavalry of tissue boxes and instant chicken noodle soup. Not even my favourite sit-com reruns can make me feel better at this point, until I come across Lara Matiation, a contemporary pop singer/songwriter from Roberts Creek, BC.
Under her handle MatiatioN, Lara creates feel-good music that can make any sick day a brighter one. Her combination of bright and breezy animated vocals, upbeat rhythms, and guitar and keyboard accompanimentâ€”all done by herselfâ€”resonate throughout her 4-track EP titled â€œThe Ripple Effectâ€, which was released on her bandcamp January last year. The inspiring lyrics can apply to everyone whoâ€™s experienced one of those bad days, whoâ€™s felt lonely or hurt, whoâ€™s been down before; MatiatioN knows what thatâ€™s like, and knows how to cheer you up.
The first track entitled â€œStand upâ€ is probably my favourite song on the EP for itâ€™s simple but pertinent lyrics and blissful beat. Its message is quite basic, and can be summed up with the words,
lighten up, don’t be a prude. Dance like no one’s watching you.
MatiatioN is indubitably an accomplished musician with talents in a variety of instruments and a recording arts background, though some of her songs leave something to be desired. On one hand, her music is a relatable easy-to-understand experience that can reach a wide audience, but therein lies a lack ofÂ philosophicalÂ imagery and depth to her words. To summarize, some more lyrical growth is recommended, but generally an amusing listening experience, great for a much needed dosage of positivity, and a good first EP.
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Megan Twist. Itâ€™s the name of a rising star in the local singer/songwriter world. Meganâ€™s music is a relevant portrayal of the plight of a teenage girl: discovering yourself, finding the meaning of life, and of course, the pursuit of love. Â Meganâ€™s strong and sweet, folky voice accompanied by her faithful guitar is all she needs to make any audience applaud and sing along. She has performed numerous gigs from school talent shows to weddings to malls, and no doubt has a bright future ahead of her.
Megan began singing since before she could remember, and started to write her own songs in her early teen years. She has a binder chocked full of songs, some finished, some in the works, and is continually writing more to record and post on her YouTube channel. She has deep musical roots, much of her family being musical; some are accomplished folk artists themselves. Her family backs her up 100% in her musical ventures, and itch to show their daughterâ€™s talent. Who can blame â€˜em?
This Burnaby resident already has the chops to make it big, but her positive and bubbly personality complement her music perfectly, and make her extremely friendly and approachable. She loves to talk with others who enjoy music, and loves to perform alongside other teen musicians from her school. Megan is the title-holder for various talent show events, and a well-known name amongst her peers, her primary audience. She is a prime example of how even youth can produce quality music (contrary to a certain auto-tuned â€œFridayâ€ singer.)
To listen to her music, check out her Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MeganTwist