Matt Sanderlin Released New EP: Sour Patch

Have you ever had a “situationship” that left you in shambles, with emotions bouncing around like a game of pinball? Well, Matt Sanderlin gets it, and he’s translated those feels into a four-track EP that’s like emotional turbulence in the best way possible – it’s called SOUR PATCH, and let me tell you, it’ll leave you wanting more. 

Picture this: It’s 2019, and a Birmingham-based artist Matt Sanderlin is dealing with the aftermath of a “situationship.” Since then, these pieces have been on an endless loop in his head but were stashed away in favor of other projects. Fast forward to the end of 2023, and he’s like, “You know what? Let’s turn these emotions into a jam.” The result? A musical masterpiece that showcases Matt’s revamped songwriting, performing, and production skills.


Let’s talk about the tracks in this EP. First up, we’ve got “Masquerade.” Imagine an ethereal sound of organs setting the stage, with instruments masquerading as other instruments. It’s like a musical masquerade ball – mysterious and enchanting. The lyrics talk about the art of wearing masks and pretending, with lines like “Wearing the masks we’ve made like a masquerade.” It’s a perfect dance of words and melody, showcasing Matt’s exceptional production skills matched with his awesome vocals.

Next in line is “Better.” This one’s all about perseverance and optimism. Life throws curveballs, but Matt’s telling us that failure just makes us better. “Oh, but it’s high time, we get it right, ’cause we leave old lives in the change.” It’s like a musical pep talk, a reminder that even when we feel left behind, failure is the secret sauce to becoming a better version of ourselves.

Now, let’s take a detour to “Island.” A PBR&B fun bummer tune – it’s like the nostalgia of an old song playing on the tape. The lyrics paint a picture of dreaming alone on an island, creating a calm, nostalgic atmosphere. It’s like a musical time machine, where you can almost feel the breeze of the island air.

Closing out the EP is “Vigil,” a track that hits you with both sorrow and understated victory. It’s like the final act of a gripping movie – emotions running high, but you can’t help but feel a sense of triumph. The journey through the EP is a testament to Matt’s ability to craft a musical narrative that resonates with the highs and lows of life.


But hey! there’s more to this EP than I can spill in a few paragraphs. It’s like trying to describe a vivid dream – you’ve got to experience it for yourself. Let’s shine a spotlight on the stellar production in this EP – it’s like the Picasso of sound, incredibly polished and downright flawless. In the grand scheme of EPs, SOUR PATCH deserves a spot in your playlist. It’s about heartbreaks and the beauty that comes from picking up the pieces and creating something extraordinary. Matt Sanderlin has delivered a symphony of emotions that will resonate with your soul – it’s like a musical therapy session for the heart.

Score: 9.5/10

Why the half-point? Because perfection is overrated. But seriously, Matt Sanderlin has brewed up a musical potion that hits the right notes. Maybe a sprinkle more of those quirky instrument masquerades, and we’d be hitting a solid 10. Either way, this EP is a must-add to your playlist. It’s like a musical journey through heartbreak, perseverance, and the sweet, sweet taste of better days. Cheers to Matt for giving us a taste of his musical sorcery!

Sour Patch Track List


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