Youth be the future; the future is here, and never is that more evident than when artists like Finn Mathews release such tracks as his latest “Low Key.” Matthews echoes the R&B glam of the previous decade while adding a thick pop layer that rounds out and modernizes his sound. In “Low Key,” Matthews finds a home within a rhythm so seductive and subtle; among ambient synth stabs, he frees up his tender vocals and radiates a warmth to match his confession of love.
The confidence and sensibility with which Matthews approaches his music has as much to do with his sharp intuition as it does with the mentorship of Elijah Blake, who has penned hits for Usher, Rihanna, and Rick Ross. Blake’s influence is evident as he helps Matthews harness the universal appeal of R&B and pop, which permeates the mainstream. With each impressive and emotional falsetto, Matthews draws you into a future that sounds like the best of the past and becomes timeless.
Cool, and laid-back, “Low Key” is more than just a typical mainstream track: the song is a reminder of how younger and younger artists are taking risks with their emotions and teaching us all a better way to feel. From Jersey to Los Angeles, Matthews is spreading his brand, and "Low Key" is only another chapter. Only a teenager at the time of this write-up, Matthews, and his promising career, are just getting started, barely blossoming in a world that aches for gardens of passion and youthful emotion.