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Monitor-by-Monitor: Matilda Mann on the Romance, Lights, & Cinema of ‘You Look Like You Cannot Swim’ EP

Monitor-by-Monitor: Matilda Mann on the Romance, Lights, & Cinema of ‘You Look Like You Cannot Swim’ EP


Matilda Mann dives into the gorgeous depths of her sweetly soothing fourth EP ‘You Look Like You Can’t Swim,’ a young, intimate, and achingly susceptible report of cathartic connection and tender reflection.
“You Look Like You Can’t Swim” – Matilda Mann

I was the fish that lives inside a tank. As of late I appear to be a morsel fabricated from sand…

Tright here’s a soothing heat radiating all through Matilda Mann’s newest report.

It’s the mushy contact, tender and triumphant, of an artist in tune with herself – maybe for the very first time. Mild guitars and soul-stirring vocals coalesce with a stunning array of devices to create a world of surprise – one by which Mann tells tales large and small, all close to to her coronary heart and plunging into the depths of her singular human expertise. Stunningly intimate and achingly susceptible, You Look Like You Can’t Swim is a brutally sincere, uncooked report of cathartic connection, reflection, and reckoning. Inside peace should be a methods away, however Matilda Mann has discovered her personal calm and comforting reverie.

You Look Like You Can't Swim - EP by Matilda Mann
‘You Look Like You Can’t Swim’ EP – Matilda Mann
I was the fish that lives inside a tank.
As of late I appear to be a morsel fabricated from sand.
And I’m simply sick of being sincere,
when actually I by no means perceive.
It appears an terrible waste to offer me a lot area.
I by no means appear to know precisely what’s my tempo.
And I’m simply sick of being sincere,
when actually I’m only a hopeless case.
Costume me up
Inform me the best way to suppose
I don’t wanna get it unsuitable
I’ve been a fish too lengthy
Who can’t swim

Launched July 14, 2023 through Arista Data, You Look Like You Can’t Swim is a wide ranging tempest that, at below fourteen minutes in size, is come and gone far too quickly.

The fourth EP from London’s Matilda Mann – one in every of Atwood Journal‘s artists to look at – highlights the younger singer/songwriter’s speedy development over the previous three years since her debut. Sporting enchanting string preparations and unapologetically sincere songwriting, these 5 latest songs discover her at her most relaxed: Mann wears her coronary heart on her sleeve very like she’s all the time finished, exploring the deepest elements of her soul and candidly pouring herself out within the course of.

Matilda Mann © Caity Krone
Matilda Mann © Caity Krone

This EP is about to be Mann’s final shorter launch earlier than the main label-signed artist begins teasing out her extremely anticipated debut album. “I feel with my album arising, I wished to launch a physique of labor that was much less experimental and busy,” Mann tells Atwood Journal. “I like releasing music steadily and I like not being tied down to at least one style, however I feel at my core, I like to make people music essentially the most and string preparations. They present me at my most susceptible and I really feel I join with folks higher.

“I feel I used to be doing lots of rising up in [my latest EP] Sonder and my different EPs,” she provides. “And whereas I’m nonetheless rising up, I feel this EP displays me at my most calm and stationary mindset I’ve been in for some time. I feel I’ve improved much more as an artist and having issues like string preparations and directing a music video for the EP ticks off actually large packing containers that I all the time wished to perform in my profession.”

Mann describes her new report, lush with attractive melodies and charming instrumental performances that encompass and help her hushed, emotive voice, as “romance, lights, and cinema.” The EP’s title, You Look Like You Can’t Swim, is a gut-wrenching for her as it’s tongue-in-cheek.

“In all honesty, I found the saying “you seem like you may’t swim” as a joke, you’d say to somebody as a slight insult. I feel it’s type of only a metaphor for saying you seem like you’re not able to doing one thing and I feel that’s how I view myself in lots of conditions.”

Matilda Mann © Caity Krone
Matilda Mann © Caity Krone

From its serene opener “The Day That I Met You” to the titular remaining observe, You Look Like You Can’t Swim proves a wondrous escape in addition to an intimate indulgence. Highlights – in the event you can actually decide highlights on such a decent, brief set – embrace the shifting, heartbreak-fueled “If Solely,” the powerfully poetic, inward-looking “You Look Like You Can’t Swim,” and the EP’s love-soaked anthem, “In Plain Sight” – a hushed and heartfelt wash of sweetly beautiful indie people that’s without delay heat and completely wondrous. Mann sings alongside atmospheric acoustic guitars, her voice a soul-stirring whisper stuffed with uncooked, unfiltered ardour. It’s a second of dreamy, delicate bliss, dwelling within the euphoria of affection and the way really magical and particular it truly is – and Mann is the dreamweaver, fastidiously crafting a wondrous soul-stirring expertise for all:

I acquired off a cease too early
Simply to speak about your morning
How precisely did you sleep final evening?
Some would say that it’s obsessive
However I feel it’s rattling spectacular
That I discovered you hidden in plain sight
Sweeter sounds
Are in every single place I am going because you got here spherical
Maintain me now
Earlier than I lose all feeling of the bottom
I used to be yours from the start
Now my world is simply spinning for you now

For Mann, it’s the preparations that in the end make this EP what it’s. “Getting strings put onto “the day that I met you” was the primary track I ever heard a string association on my music,” she says. “I feel it’s opened up an entire new manner of writing and producing for me and it’s given me a brand new wave of pleasure in terms of ending music.”

She cites lyrics from the the bridge part in “if solely“ as a few of her favorites that she’s ever written: “And it’s beginning once more, and it’s unusual I don’t know, why you’d keep in the event you knew you’d go”

Whether or not you’re searching for solace, in want of your personal cathartic launch, or simply in want of you subsequent favourite singer/songwriter, Matilda Mann is a voice on the rise – and for good purpose.

Her music aches with the type of invisible depth you need to hear and really feel to be able to perceive. She provides each efficiency her all, spilling ideas and emotions into visceral music that strikes in time with our personal beating hearts.

Matilda Mann © Caity Krone
Matilda Mann © Caity Krone

“I suppose I hope folks can really feel consolation, in simply feeling issues,” Mann shares. “Generally I get actually scared and overwhelmed by even the concept of feeling one thing and I’ve a behavior of overthinking. I used to get actually embarrassed about being emotional and I might attempt so exhausting to cover that facet of myself. However that doesn’t do anybody any good and I feel it stops you from shifting ahead. So, I feel I might similar to folks to really feel no matter they should really feel.”

Expertise the total report through our beneath stream, and peek inside Matilda Mann’s You Look Like You Can’t Swim with Atwood Journal as she goes track-by-track by the music and lyrics of her fourth EP!

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The Day That I Met You

“The world can suck. And a few days it feels extra like a continuing than momentary. However you then meet somebody, and the hand life dealt you, instantly doesn’t really feel so unhealthy.”

In Plain Sight

“I feel it’s loopy, out of all of the folks on the planet, you handle to seek out somebody so excellent for you, hidden in plain sight. We wrote this track on the most popular day of the 12 months, and all began to go a bit loopy. I feel it was the proper time to make a candy little love track that we might spend the summer season nights dancing round to.”


“I feel at any time when I’m overwhelmed or harassed, the most effective factor for me has all the time been, having a while alone. Generally you may really feel your self slipping away from somebody, and also you’re not fairly certain why, till you determine that it’s since you’re greatest aside.
I suppose ‘Margaux’ is from the angle of who you’re leaving. How they noticed you fall away. How the refined issues began to vary. And the way life is how with out them.”

If Solely

“While you’re in a relationship, it’s exhausting to see each perspective, each manner it might go, what it is best to change. So afterwards, there’s all the time lots of reflecting and generally you surprise the way you didn’t see it. How they by no means wished to remain the best way you probably did.”

You Look Like You Can’t Swim

“Generally you’re your personal worst enemy and you may get an excessive amount of in your head about issues. I are inclined to panic I’m getting issues unsuitable. I haven’t finished one thing nicely sufficient; I’m not staying in contact with folks, I must be doing extra. And I simply need somebody to inform me what to do, so I don’t mess it up.”

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