Introducing: Matilda Mann

One of our writer's introduces us to Matilda Mann...

Dan Finch
1st April 2024
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Laura Marling, Wet Leg and the Juno film soundtrack are amongst the muses Matilda Mann considers most influential. Regardless, the rising musician’s minimalistic yet experimental artistry is what truly sets her apart.

Growing up in West London, Mann developed a knack for song writing from an early age and, by 2020, had released her first EP titled If That Makes Sense. Before long, she was opening for the likes of beabadoobee, whose comparable soft vocals and romantically candid lyrics are echoed in the 24-year-old’s growing catalogue. As for her sound, Mann falls somewhere between indie folk and pop, though each story told is distinctive in its production.

The mellow Paper Mache World provided my first encounter with the artist

The mellow Paper Mache World provided my first encounter with the artist, on account of its feature within hit Netflix series, Heartstopper. For obvious reasons, I have since never been the same. To my delight, there were still countless facets of Mann to explore, post-Shazam. Bloom quickly rose to one of my favourites, the airy single taken from her third EP, Sonder. The material from this record sounds most fitting for coffee shop playlists whilst the more recent Nice practically begs to be performed before a festival tent packed full of rockers. I can assure you that everyone is covered.

For such a delicate voice, Mann displays all the fervour of a powerhouse songwriter. Her ability to paint pictures through lyricism is undeniable, as standout Doomsday reflects simply and sweetly on a failed relationship: “I found us some rings. Unfortunately, though, they're just sweets that I kept from last Halloween.” Additionally, her blunt but witty wordplay can produce the sharpest of song titles (see You Look Like You Can’t Swim).

With four solid EPs behind her, Matilda Mann still has me craving a full-length album. Consider this your alert to catch up before she truly takes off. Believe me, she is bound to.

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AUTHOR: Dan Finch
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