Boomkat Product Review:
Matt Valentine isn’t an artist you could accuse of taking his time over albums. I mean, well, he might, but then that would probably mean that he didn’t sleep, ever, and somehow I doubt that. He’s had hundreds (literally hundreds) of releases, either solo or with his various projects, and while he might be better known as one half of MV & EE, ‘What I Became’ shows that his solo work is just as enthralling. Snapped up by the really very hip Woodsist label, this is a surprisingly coherent and surprisingly economical record. It feels like Valentine’s attempt at writing a solid set of songs, and the while the blown-out folk rawk gives plenty of nudges towards a certain Mr. Neil Young this sounds very much like Valentine in his element. Freed up from the expectations on MV & EE he sounds like a musician let loose in a studio, and his ideas literally pour out on the record. ‘What I Became’ sounds like a lost private pressing from your new favourite artist, something that a guy discovers in a studio and realized it was better than said artist’s entire ‘available’ catalogue. It’s powerful and sincere stuff, and should not be ignored under any circumstances.