Ajay Mathur – ‘Blow My Cover’

Impressing in its range from introspective folk to rock mystique, Blow My Cover is the latest album from Ajay Mathur. The thirteen songs within benefit from a variety of talented collaborators, comprising musicians in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Chicago, Buenos Aires, and beyond. A collection of previously released songs with brand new interpretations, Blow My Cover showcases Mathur’s riveting songwriting.

A pleasing opener, “Forget About Yesterday” casts a bluesy acoustical spell amidst lyrical ruminations on stressful days, driving into the stomping charm of “stop thinking about tomorrow, forget about yesterday.” “Little Boat” follows. showcasing a melancholic rock styling with hypnotic guitar tones. There’s a classic-rock mystique to the steady vocal composure and reverbed, ’80s-friendly guitar tones, showcasing the artist’s stylistic versatility between the more understated opener, this dazzlingly eclectic rocker, and heartfelt piano ballad “For a Friend of Mine.”

The album’s second half enamors as well. The Parisian mystique of “Comedian” lulls wits its sophisti-pop flashes, while “All of You” compels in its twangy folk/rock fusing, leading to an emotively resonating title-bearing refrain. The infectious, bluesy “Walking on the Water” is another charmer, as is the contemplative folk sparseness of the closing “All Your Thoughts.” Blow My Cover is a moving, versatile offering from Ajay Mathur.

“Forget About Yesterday” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ 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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