The first time that I saw Matthew Mole live, was at Parklife South Africa, where local artists from South Africa would perform, mostly indie and folk music- absolutely magical! Nonetheless, my friend and I knew who Matthew Mole was, but, embarrassed to say, when we arrived at the stage where he played, we had no idea that it was him, although, we both fell madly in love with his music (and him) but, we only realized when he played his hit single “Autumn” that it was, in actual fact him.
After seeing him live, I took the pleasure of listening to his album, The Home That We Built: which was the first South African debut album to reach No.1 on iTunes album chart , and shall I say or rather describe it as touching, uplifting, and well, just damn-right beautiful? He describes his music as folk sound and influenced by Mumford and Sons (*gasp*), as told from an interview on Just Music South Africa.
The Wedding Song, Take Yours and I’ll Take Mine, Free and Untorn, We In You Confide and Autumn, are my personal favorites from the album. His music, like any folk artist, is comforting and tells stories we can all relate to, with added electronic sound in the background, how can one not indulge themselves in his music? If you haven’t, I recommend you do.
His humble, energetic (and adorable) stage presence really is admirable. He is a one man show, who plays the guitar and ukulele beautifully added by drumbeats all by himself. What you hear on the radio- you hear on the stage.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from his songs:
“So take these words, and make them right, so one day you and I, will write our names in the sky” – Take Yours and I’ll Take Mine
“Heaven made your hand, to compliment my hand, like heaven made my heart to compliment your heart. Heaven gave you love, to compliment my love, so one day we will love the way that God intended for us” – The Wedding Song
“It’s a heart love affair with the world, I will not conform” – Free and Untorn
“We all, fall down” – Autumn
Check out his music on YouTube under Matthew Mole. You won’t regret it. Well, I didn’t.
By tasi13 (Tasia Brummer)