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REVIEW: Matthew Pinder’s Debut Album ‘Give Me Some Time’

Bahamian indie-folk singer Matthew Pinder’s debut album, Give Me Some Time, is out, and it feels like a much-needed hug after a long day’s work.

This 10-song collection of heartfelt ballads, slow strings, and smooth transitions remarks the sentient tale of someone who’s both loved and lost but is also finding.

Give Me Some Time begins with Matthew’s previously-released ‘Golden Hour’, where his lyrics serve as the backdrop for an earthy awakening. Quipped with rich instrumentation, the first track on this sonic journey almost doesn’t need lyrics as we brace for what’s soon to become a mild, soul-searching saunter. “In the golden hour/It’s you I find/I don’t wanna go inside, I don’t wanna go inside/But if you’re going to stay/I’ll be here all night/You’re in every song I hear and every song I write”, a reminder of the permanence of an absent loved one long after they’re gone.

Matthew grabs our ears at once and pulls on our emotional heartstrings as he takes us through small-town St. Paul, MN, the only location stamp we get on the album. Give Me Some Time serves as a follow-up to his previous EP, Too Young To Understand, released in 2018. But with this album, he presents a glimpse into emotional and mental warfare between him and what could be a past lover, though the lyrics point to introspective musings, as well. According toHype Magazine,Matthew admits that much of the lyrics took on a “different meaning” after the loss of his mother while creating this work.

Dallas, TX singer Molly Bush, the sole collaborator on the album, accompanies him on ‘Break My Heart and Let Me Go’, while Matthew sings a soft, intimate love letter to an unknown lover. The guitar-stringed duet, coupled with Molly’s vocal lightness and melodic harmonies, gives off a soft airiness that feels like a breeze elevating through the clouds.

We hear the dams break on “Flooded”, as Matthew softly nods to mild retribution and the pain and sorrow that come with that. “Don’t fall asleep when the sun still shines through”, he sings, grappling with mutually exclusive, coexisting feelings. It’s clear that hope is on the line, and there’s a realization that a relationship might be better off ended. Underneath it all are grave violins that seem to mirror his assumed identity as a “man of shifting sorrows”.

Give Me Some Time is a quiet, intimate whisper of truth just itching to be told. Its emotional vulnerability draws light to the complexities of relationships; especially when a person doesn’t want to face the music, but still needs time and space before coming around.

The album becomes even more mellow on ‘My Demise’ as Matthew reflects on memories of a loved one who may or may not have been good for him; a strong reminder of how easy it is to romanticize past unrequited love. Our revisionist history with someone sometimes leads us to question ourselves, our motives and intentions, and ultimately shakes us to our core. ‘Compromise’ unabashedly asks for validation of self from someone else – something that’s almost impossible to give – and a need to know how much one has changed. This slow ballad is a plea, asking someone on the outside to better understand the struggle within.

As we near the end, Give Me Some Time grounds itself as a tale of coming up and down after a fallout. It grapples with loss: the loss of self, the loss of another, and ultimately, the feeling of being lost in the world. Crying out of desperation, he parallels this off-course feeling with a sense of being lost at sea in the penultimate track, ‘After The Fall’.

By the end, Matthew finally sojourns with ‘Rest’; it’s a message to indulge in it, but to also keep going. To remember the hard times while allowing the memory of the good ones carry you forward. While the song seems to be a call out to another, it’s also a call home to self and opening up to a world of possibility. “But if you need time, I’ll be waiting for your call/You tell me to be fine/But I’m tearing down these walls”.

Ultimately, Matthew Pinder’s Give Me Some Time is an unvarnished brand of emotional authenticity, fraught with the type of self-reflection that can only come after great emotional upheaval. As we continue on this journey with him, we’re excited to hear more about what the singer has to say about matters of the heart.

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