With his style of melodically bustling and vocally prominent folk, Matthew Morgan reminds of artists like Matthew Sweet, Neil Young, and Ryan Adams in their ability to juggle twangy heartache with more infectious hook-driven soulful rock. On his upcoming EP, Empathy For Inanimate Objects, the Ohio-based singer/songwriter shows off six finely crafted folk-rockers that range from the mid-tempo twang of “Songs Like These” and “SticksNStones” to the country-tinged heartache of “When You’re Gone”. The latter features a stark vocal performance reminiscent of Michael Stipe’s more subdued material, over a beautiful array of guitar twangs and shuffling percussion, with a slick hook around 01:44.
Empathy For Inanimate Objects is quite an impressive release from Morgan, who is now living in Chicago. Stream the EP in full below ahead of its August 1st release: