FINGERS sliding on fretboards and vibrating guitar strings are the vivid sounds that hit you as Matt Walters opens his EP Echo On.
His stripped back style allows the listeners to hear the various tones so often blanketed by studio trickery, overdubbing and the like.
That, along with Walters touching lyrical imagery, gives the four tracks featured here an unpretentious romantic feel.
The aforementioned title-track opener wafts effortlessly from the speakers while its successor, Sightseeing, is an upbeat number reminiscent of Bernard Fanning and more recent, laidback Bruce Springsteen.
Walters’ storytelling ability comes to the fore on the sweetly-arranged I Knew Your Name and the dreamy closer All I Know in which the Melbourne singer-songwriter fearlessly opens his heart.
IN SHORT: Beatific