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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