Mayfield has been working hard for quite some years and has a number of releases on his name. And it’s a shame he’s not a better known name already. His songwriting is strong and musically he knows what to do and how to do it right. His raspy and breathy vocals give a sense of maturity that fits with the melancholic sound and lyrics that are full of life experience.
The exciting The Last Ride starts the album. Excellent songwriting, both musically and lyrically and an impressive way to start off this EP. Missed Me has a late 70s/early 80s grooviness to it. The chorus (the clapping helps tremendously) is very catchy and it makes this song a good contender for mainstream airplay. The moody Fire Escape is another strong song where the vocals take front stage. But that doesn’t mean the musical arrangement is of a lower importance. It may be subtle, but it’s absolutely beautiful. Personally, I believe it’s the icing on the cake of this EP.
The more folky, passionately performed Still Alive also has a strong sense of musicality to it and it is a song that shows exactly why I am such a big fan of the alternative singer/songwriter genre. It’s real, it’s genuine. It’s honest and it tells a story that’s not just trivial or cliché. Mayfield then turns more uptempo with the rock & roll track Out On Our Own. And this too, he nails. Matthew Mayfield strings highlight after highlight on this EP and I see no flaws or weak spots. This just is really, really good music.