The solo musical endeavour of Matthew Van Schaik, Fidelity Heart Cult is an expansive project from Dayton, Ohio with an intriguing backstory. Arriving as a diverse mixture of electronica, indie rock, folk, hip-hop, RnB, and trap, Matthew has spent two decades mixing, mastering, and evolving his composite sound, publishing them on Soundcloud to pique the interest of the global music community.
Inspired by the cult status of Tommy Wiseau’s now-legendary and consistently terrible film, ‘The Room’, Matthew decided give his music the focus it deserved, explaining, “I've made a lot of music in my life, most of it pretty terrible, but after spending so much time making it, seems stupid to not share it”.
The result is a thirty-track collection of songs brought together under the banner of ‘My Best Tracks’, a diverse and expansive release that is currently available on Soundcloud. An extensive musical experience, the playlist opens with the rhythmic trap sounds of ‘Hold My Hand In the Back of the Whip’, a lingering instrumental track that sets the stage for things to come. Clearly inspired by the emo-rap generation, the playlist continues with the haunting vocals and blossoming beats of ‘I Feel Like Dying’ and ‘Never Shop On Sunday, Sir’.
Built on a constant platform of controlled, electronic beats, the playlist slowly unfolds to bring Fidelity Heart Cult’s complete sound into view, shining a spotlight on a focused talent that is steeped in modern atmospherics, lavish instrumentals, and minimalist looped melodies. Caught somewhere between the emo revival style of hip hop and more experimental electronic ambience, the thirty-track collection shows it’s true form in the likes of ‘Can’t Fake It’, ‘Insomnia’, and ‘Ephemeral’, three immersive tracks of transient melodies and involving layered arrangements.
An involving and entrancing playlist, ‘My Best Tracks’ instantly dispels Matthew concerns about his music. With thirty songs and over an hour of music in play, we could wax lyrical all day about his calculated and expressive style, but instead we’ll simply say this, while the size and scale of ‘My Best Tracks’ might be daunting, diving in and taking the time to listen will definitely be time well spent.