In Conversation With Matthew Pinder

Shroud in a dainty blanket of serenity, Matthew Pinder’s latest release ‘Too Young To Understand’ embraces all the hallmarks of an alluring dream-folk ballad.

Born on the picturesque Caribbean island of the Bahamas, singer-songwriter Matthew Pinder is an artist who proudly wears their heart on their sleeve; unafraid of using his own experiences to express the raw honesty of life. In a way, his honesty allows for a deeper connection between the listener and the stories that drive the artistry we hear in each release. Described by B-Sides and Badlands as an “indelible mark on indie-folk music”, Pinder combines a stylish elegance with more classical acoustic influences, taking inspiration from industry powerhouses Neil Young and Bob Dylan, and at present day, Noah Gundersen and The Head And The Heart.

“Too Young To Understand” reaches out a tender hand for anybody in a position of emotional conflict, the diaphanous guitars draping a warm and reassuring arm across the whole mix as if to comfort the listener. As the cavernous texture of the drums gently saturate the spaces in the height of the chorus, the ethereal pad-work blends effortlessly into Pinder’s emotionally-charged vocal delivery. If it weren’t for the somber veracity in the lyrics, one might be forgiven into thinking the single had a much more confident origin; yet I feel it’s the expression of suffering that gives it a ceaseless sense of allure.

“Pinder has a way of navigating human experience with such a high level of emotion in his music.”


Speaking about the theme behind his music, Pinder explains that “when all hope feels lost, we need each other“, a sentiment that applies now more than ever. We caught up with Matthew to discuss the new single and the writing process of the artist himself.

Hi Matthew, thanks for taking the time to talk to us, we fell in love with the single as soon as we heard it. For those who haven’t heard it yet, how would you describe the new release and the music you make in general? 

This song is a remake. I wrote it about 4 years ago and it was one of the first songs I had ever properly recorded. At the time, I was recording with a friend that had a studio in his house and I didn’t really know what I was doing. I released Too Young with 4 other original songs in 2018 as my first official release. The next year I met Chris Jacobie and we recorded my first full length record. I always loved Too Young and wanted to make a full band recording of it so I pitched it to Jacobie and we ran with it. I’m really happy with what we made. 

This record has an unrelenting charm, stemming from the deeply personal tone in the words, do you have a specific process while writing or are your lyrics spontaneous creations? 

This is one of the first songs I wrote and back then I was pretty intentional about each song. I wanted to write about specific things that I felt and experienced. My process has changed a bit since then and it is a bit less structured but I still often write from that same personal place.

From the live string section, to the metallic texture in the guitars, there has been a meticulous amount of care taken in engineering the instrumental. What was your vision for the release at the beginning of the project? 

The original version of this song is super stripped back and acoustic. The vocals aren’t very clean and it is really a soft song. When I started playing it with my own band, we amped it up and I loved the energy that it had in live shows so I wanted to capture that in the studio. I like both versions, I think with this new one I just wanted to jam. 

You collaborated with Chris Jacobie (Penny and Sparrow, Jarrod Dickenson) on this single, were you both bouncing ideas off each other or was there a shared vision from the outset? 

This was Chris and I’s second time working together so we were comfortable going in right away. I came in with a recording of my band playing Too Young in my house and we based our version on that. I remember we were listening to some of the older Coldplay records at the time and we used a guitar tuning that Chris Martin used for some of their earlier tunes.

If I were to draw comparisons, I’d say your style resembles the likes of Novo Amor and Gregory Alan Isakov. Are there any particular artists that inspire you or do you try to be as original as possible? 

I dig both of those artists. I’m definitely inspired by lots of artists. Early on, I wanted to have the impact in my music that I had felt from artists like Noah Gundersen and Nathaniel Rateliff. Lately, I’ve been finding my own way a bit more. I’m always looking for something new. Ultimately, I’m aiming for a viiiiibe. 

Thankyou for such an incredible single, it really has churned up a lot of positive energy for everybody to indulge in. Is there anything exciting in the pipeline or is it a matter of going away and writing new material? 

I’m glad the song feels good, I want that feeling to come through in my new music. I’ve got one more Jacobie produced single on the way and I’ve also been working on some new stuff with my buddy, Mitch Webb. I’m writing all the time and I plan to just put out songs as they come for a bit.

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