8 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since the release of his first solo EP in 2008, singer/songwriter Matthew Mayfield has combined a folkie’s brooding introspection with a rocker’s volatile passion. The Birmingham, Ala., native’s secret weapon has been his sense of craftsmanship—whether he’s lamenting lost love or praying for a new start, he’s always backed up his rough-hewn charisma with a gift for cogent lyrics and killer chorus hooks. Irons in the Fire—an 8-track EP combining new songs with revamped versions of older tunes—reaffirms his artistic virtues in a variety of settings. The lead track, “In or Out,” is a boldly confrontational love song delivered by Mayfield with his trademark anguished growl. A pervasive melancholy tempered by stubborn defiance echoes through the new material, whether the sonic approach is upbeat and electric (“Look Me in the Eye”) or moody and acoustic (“Miles & Miles,” “Follow You Down”). A remastered version of “Tonight” and a nuanced remix of “Fire Escape” (featuring vocals by The Civil Wars’ John Paul White) stand out among the remaining tracks. Musically diverse and emotionally cathartic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Since the release of his first solo EP in 2008, singer/songwriter Matthew Mayfield has combined a folkie’s brooding introspection with a rocker’s volatile passion. The Birmingham, Ala., native’s secret weapon has been his sense of craftsmanship—whether he’s lamenting lost love or praying for a new start, he’s always backed up his rough-hewn charisma with a gift for cogent lyrics and killer chorus hooks. Irons in the Fire—an 8-track EP combining new songs with revamped versions of older tunes—reaffirms his artistic virtues in a variety of settings. The lead track, “In or Out,” is a boldly confrontational love song delivered by Mayfield with his trademark anguished growl. A pervasive melancholy tempered by stubborn defiance echoes through the new material, whether the sonic approach is upbeat and electric (“Look Me in the Eye”) or moody and acoustic (“Miles & Miles,” “Follow You Down”). A remastered version of “Tonight” and a nuanced remix of “Fire Escape” (featuring vocals by The Civil Wars’ John Paul White) stand out among the remaining tracks. Musically diverse and emotionally cathartic.

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