Go Don't Stop

by MAT McHUGH

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'Go Don't Stop' is the first EP that Mat. McHugh, of Oz. roots royalty The Beautiful Girls', has released as a solo artist and, as such, gives us a pretty clear indication of where his head is at.
After last years TBG electro reggae opus 'Spooks' he has obviously decided to take things down a notch. All the songs here are based around simple acoustic guitar and vocal musings. His voice is up front and close mic'ed and the only percussion comes from the guitar itself and a smattering of beats courtesy of the old school hip hop drum machine of choice, the tr-808. In fact, on all the four songs contained herein, Mat. plays all of the instrumentation himself.
The lead single and catchy title track is lyrically hopefully while still containing a hint of melancholy which seems to be McHugh's modus operandi.
Second track 'Love Come Save Me' is an ode to a departed friend, three time World surfing champion Andy Irons.
After much exploration with his 'main' band, it feels and sounds like Mat. McHugh has found his zone. Stripped of artifice, simple and direct. It's refreshing to hear such simple truths in a music world that is increasingly becoming dominated by over the top production and an 'in your face' aesthetic.
Apparently the decision to start releasing his music under his own name is 'an attempt to strip away all the layers that can surround music. It's just one person, me, writing and recording some songs that document my thoughts and feelings at a certain point in my life'.
If that's his mission statement, then it's an auspicious start.

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released June 10, 2011

all songs written and performed by mat. mchugh
produced by chico delay and ian pritchett
engineered by Ian Pritchett
recorded at position x and noisegate studios

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Track Name: Go Don't Stop
I've been holding out for way too long,
been hoping you say you're mine.
I've been so in doubt you'll play along,
down low and always behind.
So, go slow, don't rush, don't care too much.
Don't make me hold onto you.
Girl, beware you touch me just enough,
and maybe I'll play your fool.
Be singing Š

Go, don't stop.
Won't feel no strain, no pop.
Won't be no lonely days, not anymore.
Keep saying,
Go, don't quit.
Just stay, get used to it.
Won't be no lonely waves run to the shore.
To the shore, to the shoreŠ

It's all waiting, chancing, true romancing.
Stay, we're too young to go.
Lights are fading, dancing crazy like there's maybe too much to know.
It's the same old life, all pay the price.
No dice, we all fall for love.
Run away, think twice, no sacrifice, no stalling, no push and shove.
Just singing Š

Go, don't stop.
Won't feel no strain, no pop.
Won't be no lonely days, not anymore.
Keep saying,
Go, don't quit.
Just stay, get used to it.
Won't be no lonely waves run to the shore.
To the shore, to the shore
Track Name: Love Come Save Me
what would you say if we had never wasted,
all of the time it took to be ok ?
what would you say if we had never wasted us ?
somedays they burn into a gold horizon,
others they fade into the course of time.
another day, another memory crumbles to dust.

throw me a lifeline now I'm starting to drown.
pull me a ripcord, soon I'm hitting the ground.
tell me,
is my time coming or a long time running
singing,
love come save me now ?

there's music blowing in the Kona winds
it's singing,
up in the clouds before the rain begins,
it's bringing me back my soul,
gave my heart to the sea.
just like the tide we all could come and go,
we could be everything we ever hoped,
so maybe,
all I could hope is one day you will remember me.

throw me a lifeline now I'm starting to drown.
pull me a ripcord, soon I'm hitting the ground.
tell me,
is my time coming or a long time running
singing,
love come save me now ?

love,
come save me now.
Track Name: Under The Dancehall Lights
Or, would it be a cliche if I said 'right now was all there is' ?
Or would it be more appropriate I act unimpressed ?
Hold up a while, where are we ?
Nevermind,there's no need, I should know Š
There is a light so bright somewhere, somehow we both should go

Be where the music goes all night.
Be underneath those dancehall lights.
Look at all of this love we found.
These broken hearts won't beat no sound.
They won't beat.
No sound.

Up everyday, those same old complications come.
Man, they bring me down.
Dream of escape, of plans to break out of this lonely town.
Look in the mirror bored, wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face.
Get me a life out there, somewhere.
Be far beyond this place.

Be where the music goes all night.
Be underneath those dancehall lights.
Look at all of this love we found.
These broken hearts won't beat no sound.
They won't beat.
No sound.
Track Name: MY Mind is an Echo Chamaber (Acoustic Version)
see, I feel so lost without you
without you near to me
see, I feel so cold without you
without you here to see
this world keep spinning
round its orbit here in space
and, each time I look around
I swear I see your face
I see your face...

and I know at times I've tested
your patience, hurt your soul
but never have I suggested
we ever let this go
now I miss you more than you could ever realise
and, if i could take it back I promise you I'd try

I'd...
tell you we could make it matter
tell you we could make it good
I've got a heart that's made to shatter
maybe that's the way it should
and I know this world gets crazy
well I lost all self control
where are you to come to save me
when I need you near to hold?

oh my mind is an echo chamber