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Singer and songwriter Twisted Oak, known as Matt Batory, recently released his EP Cold Coffee and Half Smoked Cigarettes. For Matt, the EP means everything to him. Why? Because it’s the first step that he’s taking when it comes to sharing his music publicly, with every word written by him. After all, it’s like sharing your diary with the world. It can be a scary thing.
We’re glad he did though. The songs off of Cold Coffee and Half Smoked Cigarettes symbolize huge moments his life. “Being able to express those moments in a way that I am proud of is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” says Matt. “All I ever want to do with music is make an experience that people feel more so than listen to.”
One of our favorites off the EP is actually called “Cold Coffee and Half Smoked Cigarettes” as well.
With lyrics like, “What am I doing here? / What am I doing here? / What am i doing wrong? / What do I think about when the night seems way too long? / Why do we hate being alone? / Why does no one seem to know? / We’re all wanderers who can’t seem to find a home,” and “If you come looking to find how the hell I lost my mind / You’ll see all that’s left is cold coffee and half smoked cigarettes,” Matt is sharing things that some people don’t want to say out loud.
Sometimes people think too much, but it’s totally normal, even if they don’t know why they hate being alone.
For Matt, “Cold Coffee and Half Smoked Cigarettes,” is a story about moving on from vices. “Both cold coffee and half smoked cigarettes are what would be left behind if someone had decided to rid themselves of physical addictions such as caffeine and nicotine,” he says. The point of using the title “Cold Coffee and Half Smoked Cigarettes,” is to symbolize who someone once was, but not what they’ve become.
When listening to this EP, Matt wants people to see love as the central vice. “Love can build someone up and break someone down, but the most important part of being in love is realizing that it is not ours to have. When we cling to a possessive love, we let it take over us. This album explores different aspects of this learning,” Matt shares.
Listen to “Cold Coffee and Half Smoked Cigarettes” below: