Vern Matz – “Burnt Coffee”


A laid-back, twangy delight, “Burnt Coffee” is a new track from Vern Matz, standing out in the past with tracks like “Shelby Park” and “Skyscrapers.” “‘Burnt Coffee’ is about a failing high school track star who prefers inebriation to friendship,” Matz explains. “I figured burning the coffee was emotionally equivalent.”

Lush vocals and acoustics give off a ’70s folk feeling to start, with the 40-second mark adding more twang as Matz laments: “I burnt the coffee and lost my friends, but I can’t remember when.” Additional guitar breeziness injects thereafter, with the track touting a more rock-forward feel in its second half. “I can’t remember when,” he repeats with emotive sincerity, the melody and lyrical resonance playing strongly.

The superb track was produced by TOLEDO, previously featured with tracks like “Bath” and “Challenger.”

“Burnt Coffee” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2020’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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