Monday, 29 July 2013

Matthew Mole: The Home We Built

Release Date: 29 July 2013
Genre: Alternative Folk
Length: 50:18
Label: Just Music
Similar artists: Mars Hill Church: Citizens; Andy Cherry; Glen Hartmann; Bears Den
Rating: 4.5/5

“Make one thing known that we are held in merciful hands, and You are the way home” – Autumn, Matthew Mole

The wait is finally over, the debut studio album The Home We Built, by Matthew Mole, has finally been released; and believe me when I say that he has not disappointed. This home-grown South African artist, raised in Cape Town took the local music scene by storm with his charismatic stage presence and all around charm.

I have had the pleasure of seeing Matthew perform live on various occasions, and there is something so humble and endearing about the way he performs, and his truly magnetic personality ensures that he is always a crowd pleaser, not to mention the fact that his vocal talent surpasses all expectation when you learn that he is only twenty one years old. In the days leading up to its release The Home We Built crept up the album charts all the way to number one!

“This is all very new to me, but it’s been super exciting going through the whole album release process. It’s been great to hear so many nice things from people already. I’m really happy with the end product of the album, so hopefully other people will like it too!” says Matt about the album’s release

Let’s dive right in shall we?

 “Chapel” the first track on this album is about being a child of God, and living a life without fear, taking bold steps in His name because there is no need to fear failure when you have the power and wisdom of God on your side. “Autumn” ties in quite nicely with “Chapel” as it speaks about how Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer, and that even when we “see the darkest ending, but You [God] see the restart”

This album has a few songs that speak to your heart and tell a story of love not only for our Creator but for one another. “The Wedding Song” speaks about just that, a wedding, and how when God brings two people together they complement one another perfectly, “Heaven gave you love to compliment my love, so that one day we would love the way that God intended for us”. When God puts love and compassion in your heart toward someone, He’s offering you an opportunity to make a difference in that person’s life, and we must learn to follow that love because somebody needs what you have; even if we do not fully understand it.

“Have I Told You” as well as “Same Parts, Same Heart” speaks about love between two people and how God can bring somebody into your life that you love everything about, when I listen to them I’m reminded of the Bible verse in Song of Songs 4:7 “You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you”. I am also reminded that when it comes to true love, your relationship has to be focused on God and his plan for your lives.

“It’s Simple Child” calls us to wholly trust in God to give us the faith to oppose the ways of the world and make a positive change in society. “Whale” tells us that in order to find our way in life; we need to synchronize our plans with our Father, and that he supplies the earth with life sustaining ‘water’, and that those who drink of Him shall never thirst again. 

I’ve listened to this album multiple times and each time I’ve noticed little hidden gems, something subtle but beautiful,  in every track that make it feel like you’re listening to it for the first time all over again. There is so much more to this album than I have been able to mention, I really encourage you to add this album to your playlist and discover it for yourself, it takes your heart and your mind and turns them inside out. The passion and love that seeps through every carefully chosen word and perfectly selected melody really makes this an album worth listening to, over and over again. In my humble opinion this is one of the best folk albums to be released in 2013.

This week’s Song of The Week goes to: “Chapel”.

Stay super Lex Luthor


  1. Just discovered his music from the film "Leading Lady" trailer. I LOVE his sound... and finding out he's a Christian has completely sold me!!! Definitely a fan!

  2. A bit late to the party but j just heard The Wedding Song and Same Part, Same Hearts and it has me so excited that a mainstream artist is getting the Christian message out that He has such a beautiful plan for us and for the people we will spend our lives with.
    (Discovered it when I searched for South African music on 8tracks while I am living in Japan)