Is “Coffee Shop Rock” a subgenre yet? You know, the type of music that you hear from the guy in your sophomore year accounting class who doesn’t want to just stare at numbers all day for the rest of his life? He typically spends Saturday afternoons making love to the strings on his acoustic guitar and writing sappy, yet relatable lyrics in his notebook while getting mysteriously close with your crush who works at the campus Barnes and Noble?
All jokes aside, Tim Mattsing appropriately describes his style: Music best enjoyed with a cup of coffee. The bedroom guitarist and vocalist/violinist Olle Lapidus are a proper mix and mastering away from nailing this long overdue subgenre of "Coffee Shop Rock". Although the audio clip at the beginning is a pretty dark intro, the first few seconds of Tim’s nearly flawless rhythm guitar makes me forget all of my troubles and order a second Vanilla Bean Frappuccino with extra whipped cream. The lyrics are pretty tough to understand due to the mixing, but I get enough context and joy from the line “You should fly away…. Settle down and try again. '' Olle's vocals aren’t the strongest, but when a vocalist brings heart and energy, the pitch never needs to be perfect - just louder and with more presence. All that is missing from the track is a coffee grinder and shouting baristas in the background, and listeners are immediately transported to the best Open Mic Night somewhere in Austin, Texas.
I have followed Tim Mattsing’s work for some time- specifically, his track When I Die was an underrated track submitted for the Bedroom Bands Vol. 1 album. Of the many styles that he has produced, this softer sound is a good fit for his talents. Olle Lapidus is a new voice that will be on my radar for the foreseeable future. I hope these two collaborate or more projects in the future. Maybe add some more violin from Olle?
Bottom line: This song is the prototype for guitarists who thrive on stage at your local coffee pub. Add this to your playlist if you like music while reading, journaling, macking on baristas, or just taking life a day at a time.
8/10 first release
8.5/10 deep listen
Llama Ruckus is an aspiring songwriter and producer from Atlanta, Georgia. His primarily genre is trip-hop; blends of elements from funk, surf rock, chillwave, blues, synthpop, and psychedelic rock/jazz.