By Marley

It’s not every day that a 19-year-old singer/songwriter can make the impact that Matt Carstens is busy making in the South African music industry. An industry that is full of young and upcoming talent which makes it difficult to make said mark. But Matt, he has something to him.

After seeing him live in Hermanus in December of 2016 he has captured my attention. Now after listening to his beautifully mastered debut album, 2D Heart, I’m finding myself listening to it almost 3 times a day. I’m not saying this because I think he is cool, I know he is cool. I’m saying this because I’m really enjoying the songs, lyrics and melodies. Arsonist reminds almost of a Stefan Dixon vibe and it’s a catchy tune. Loves Like Fire is just a taste of this youngster’s guitar skills. It can make a great radio single. Another song that stood out was Sinners & Stars. I listened to a lot of Collective Soul, Live, Lenny Kravtiz and so forth growing up, and I can appreciate the rock element of this song. I love it.

Matt Carstens - photo by Louise Pieterse
Matt Carstens
(photo by Louise Pieterse)

I just always wonder where a young guy like Matt gets his inspiration from being the age that he is. He is singing of love and life like he has lived so through so much. You can hear inspirations on the album comes from a modern day folk-rock too. But Matt makes his own sound and that is what we need. Someone who doesn’t copy and paste, who is unique. It’s been the game for years. Matt is different, he is clean cut and his music can be played at weddings, road trips, festivals and basically anywhere.

It took a full year of writing and recording for Matt to finish this album. “I really decided to take my time with this album because I only get one chance to make a first impression on my audience. This album needed to be true to who I am and I could not be more proud of the outcome!”

When I listen to new music I want it to take me on a journey. I want to go to that spot the musician is describing. I want to see if I can add it to my life’s playlist. Matt’s debut album is just that. So for our very first album review on Small Town Music, we are giving it a 5 out of 5 Rock Salutes.

Get your copy online via iTunes and follow him on social media. And keep an eye out, he will be in our region soon.

Check out his music video “Our Revolution” below:

Marley is the founder and owner of Small Town Music. Born and bred in Nelspruit aka Nelsparta. Marley loves music (rock being a firm favourite), tattoos, festivals, animals and South Africa. Self-taught photographer and writer.