“Demo 001” by M.T. Goins – A Journey into Haunting Melancholy

Album Review: “Demo 001” by M.T. Goins – A Journey into Haunting Melancholy
Written By: Dan Eachus

M.T. Goins invites listeners on a haunting journey through the corridors of introspection and existential contemplation with his 4-song EP, “Demo 001.” The artist masterfully weaves dark folk influences with an acoustic guitar and ethereal synths, creating a sonic landscape that mirrors the deep loneliness and hardship inherent in adulthood.

The EP opens with “I Die a Little Every Day,” setting the tone for the entire collection. The acoustic guitar, accompanied by subtle synths, creates an eerie atmosphere that complements Goins’ melancholic vocals. The lyrics reflect a poignant introspection on mortality and the haunting specters of regrets. The song’s somber melody captures the essence of facing one’s own demons and the inevitable passage of time.

“Man of Bugs” follows, introducing a darker and more brooding atmosphere. The acoustic guitar takes on a more intricate role, blending seamlessly with haunting synths. Goins’ vocals become more pronounced, delivering introspective lyrics that delve into the tangled web of personal struggles and the persistence of haunting memories. The synergy between the acoustic elements and the electronic backdrop adds layers to the emotional depth of the song.

“Cast into Darkness” takes the listener further into the depths of Goins’ introspection. The song’s arrangement intensifies, featuring a haunting interplay between the acoustic guitar and synth elements. The lyrics vividly explore the struggle with inner demons and the shadows of the past. Goins’ vocals resonate with raw emotion, capturing the essence of a soul grappling with its own haunted history.

The EP concludes with “All the Places I am Haunted,” a fitting closure to this musical journey. The acoustic guitar takes a more prominent role, accompanied by a subtle electronic undercurrent. Goins’ vocals convey a sense of resignation and acceptance, as if coming to terms with the inescapable ghosts that linger within. The song serves as a cathartic release, a musical exorcism of the demons that haunt the artist’s soul.

In a quote from the artist, Goins describes the EP as “attempts at expulsion” and a “crude ritual carved from dying memories.” Indeed, “Demo 001” feels like a therapeutic journey for the artist, as each song unfolds like a chapter in a book of haunting reflections. The marriage of acoustic and synthetic elements creates a unique soundscape, enhancing the emotional impact of Goins’ introspective lyrics.

In conclusion, M.T. Goins’ “Demo 001” is a captivating and evocative EP that immerses listeners in a world of haunting melodies and poignant storytelling. It is a testament to the artist’s ability to translate personal struggles into a musical experience that resonates with the complexities of adult life.

Dan Eachus is the President and co-owner of RetroSynth Lazersteel Records, with his own musical projects in the band Neutron Dreams and his solo project DMME.

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