“You Matter to Me” by Cary Park

While they’re not overly-physical in any fashion, there’s no getting around the textured presence of the guitars in Cary Park’s magnificent new single “You Matter to Me.” In more ways than one, the string play in this track is the perfect complement to Park’s warm vocal, which conveys lyrics penned by he and Pat Melfi in a way that no other voice could have. “You Matter to Me” is a sleek country/pop hybrid with strong adult contemporary overtones, but make no mistake about it – though it lacks a defined genre on the surface, the substance of the songcraft here is undisputedly top-notch.

There’s definitely a lot of Americana in this track, but I would stop short of chocking it up to growing trends in the underground today. Melfi and Park distinguish themselves from the competition right out of the gate with the slow-churning rhythm of the music; the words adorn the melodies like sparkling lights across a skyline, never allowing for us to become overwhelmed by any one aesthetical element over another. “You Matter to Me” is a full-bodied cocktail of musicality if I’ve heard one this season, and comparative to some of the similarly-stylized content I’ve heard out of the mainstream lately, it feels a lot more genuine in spirit.


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As strong as the string play in this single is, there’s nothing powerful enough to steal the main spotlight away from the vocals here. Cary Park channels the easy breeze of a southern California summer with every word he sings, and although he straddles the percussive components in the track very carefully, his lyrics never interrupt the even flow of the beat. This is clearly someone who has a lot of talent to bring into the studio with him, and alongside a writing partner in Pat Melfi, we get some of the sweetest harmonies of the year so far.

Lyrically speaking, the emotional charge in “You Matter to Me” is definitely something to write home about, but through the careful delivery from Cary Park, they exude vitality in ways they likely couldn’t have with someone else helming the mic. Tangibility is everything in slightly experimental tracks like this one, and for this singer/songwriter, proving his authenticity to the audience is never an issue. He doesn’t have to try to sound real; he’s being himself, and that much is obvious even in the most casual of listening sessions.

If this is just a taste of what Cary Park has got in store for us in the future, his career is going to get very interesting in this next decade. 2020 is bringing forth a lot of intriguing new dispatches from the American underground, but for a simple crossover with heady country influences, “You Matter to Me” is definitely a track that I would recommend above the rest. Park has a way with melodicism that can’t be taught, and in this release, he’s making it awfully difficult for listeners to walk away unaffected by his soft (but consistently sophisticated) lead vocal.

Clay Burton

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