Song of the Week: “It Doesn’t Matter” by Khashoggi

by Douglas Cowie on 25 May 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “It Doesn’t Matter” by Khashoggi:

Khashoggi — “It Doesn’t Matter” — Live EP

I saw Khashoggi as part of a free night of music in the basement of a pub last weekend. My friends’ pop-punk band was on the bill, and Khashoggi was the first act of the night. They grabbed the audience by the scruff of the neck pretty much from the get-go. Jessica Craig has a very good voice, and Michael Webster plays guitar well, but more to the point, they write good songs and have found a sound for that voice and that guitar, which is a different thing to saying she’s got a good voice and he plays well. I like the percussive style of Michael’s guitar sound and the way Jessica’s voice here rides on top of that sound, but there dips in to join it. It’s not easy to turn a guitar and a voice into a compelling musical performance, but listening to Khashoggi, you can hear the thought they’ve put into crafting not just songs, but a sound that breathes life into those songs.

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