• Ryan Hope

'Little Ol' Me' by Qwiet Type: Hopeful Yet Drearily Uninspired

Matt Powell, the Florida-based songwriter better known by his moniker Qwiet Type, delivers a hopeful yet drearily uninspired message of global change and positivity in newly released single “Little Ol’ Me”.

Starting strong, Powell’s visual presentation of being unable to inflict meaningful change in a world “too big” to be changed is likeable and vaguely cute; the production is particularly commendable here also. Slick brass sections and strong acoustic percussion ooze with character whilst leaving plenty of breathing room for the vocals and guitar. I’m particularly fond of the lyrics “There’s too many people, and I care about them all” - it’s an immensely likeable take on what could have been a downtrodden observation of overpopulation. Unfortunately, a downtick in quality hits as the second verse does.

The drums introduced on the second verse sound weak and washed-out, and lack the authentic energy the percussion had in the first. Panning on this percussion is practically absent unlike previously, giving an awful sense of a low-quality drum loop being used instead of continuing or building upon what was being used in the first verse. Ideally they’d have hit harder and been a brilliant uptick in energy in contrast to the mellow start; instead they are relegated to sitting far behind in the mix and siphoning any momentum that was built. Lyrically, Powell slips off significantly too, resorting to using tedious amounts of repetition whilst losing the charming visuality that gave the song such a great start. Additionally, the lyrics are full of tropes and typicalities that rapidly drain the personality from the track, “The world is just too big, I’ll just sing this song” - it’s inexcusably cliché. The continuous lyrical repetitions cause the song feel significantly longer than it’s 4 minute runtime, teetering on outstaying its welcome.

The breakdown is arguably a nice touch, with atmospheric tribal chanting and notably better percussion, it would have salvaged the song if not for the faux-poetic change in lyrical direction. Suddenly, ‘I’m not too insignificant to change the world’ because of some almost-tacky tribal shouts and dizzying instruction to spin around and see importance in my surroundings. Vocally, I’m left desiring something more climactic after drumming up the vivacity through the tribal breakdown; instead Powell stays within the confines of his range, perhaps in an ironic juxtaposition to his own message.

Powell’s desperate, but commendable, attempt at bringing a positive energy to a genre that is so often lacking in it is an honourable goal, but it risks coming across simplistic and insubstantial. ‘Little Ol’ Me’ isn’t that, but it’s only a few shades away from it.