Matt Martians, the producing and keyboard plucking mind behind Odd Future’s The Internet and Jet Age of Tomorrow (JAOT) recently dropped his debut solo project The Drum Chord Theory. If you’re in the mood for some trippy experimental-Alternative R&B, this is an album you’ll want to listen to.
Being a day one Odd Future fan, I was already familiar with a lot of Matt’s previous work. I remember jamming out to tracks from The Super 3 (Matt Martians and Hal William’s project prior to JAOT), their project with Chicago rapper/producer Brandun Deshay, as well as JOAT’s debut album Voyager. I’d even go as far as saying their sophomore album Journey to the Fifth Echelon is one of my favorite Odd Future releases.
It’s safe to classify to The Drum Chord Theory, as a ‘fun’ album. You’re hearing the same quirky synthesizers and special electronic effects that you’ve heard before. Now Matt’s not the world’s best vocalist, but being in The Internet you’d think he’d have more guest vocalist at his command. Not the case. Therefore, the album’s strong-suit is it’s production. Songs I’m feeling are “Where Are Yo Friends?,” “Baby Girl,” Southern Isolation,” and “Alotta Women / Useless.” After listening to this record, you’ll be able to tell that the playful party lyrics on The Drum Chord Theory are the reason I’m calling it a fun album.
When it’s all said and done this album spreads even with it’s highs and lows. The zany production doesn’t quite match up with the off-key low-fi singing. Even with appearances from Matt’s fellow band mates Syd and Steve Lacy, the features on The Drum Chord Theory just plain don’t make for a strong debut effort. Even after three albums with The Internet and Grammy nominations, overall the project still sounds a bit like a demo. With that being said, The Drum Chord Theory lands at 3.5 PALMs. By no means is this a bad album, so definitely give it a listen if you’re in the mood for something eclectic and different.