Despite delivering offbeat rock gems like “Daylight” and new single “Cameras,” on and off stage couple Matt & Kim live and breathe hip hop. Knowing that, you could imagine the pure excitement the duo must have felt when rap royalty Kanye West tweeted them some love a few weeks back. Specifically, the “Runaway” star took time out from the studio to note the duo’s 2009 single “Daylight” was “stupid.” Don’t fret — stupid as in “stoooopid” as in… well, good. Anyways, the duo, whose last album Grand was a true breakthrough — getting regular airplay on just about any alt-rock station, are back with their highly anticipated album Sidewalks. The album, which features ten original tunes, comes out Nov. 2 and the pair will be touring rigorously this fall to promote it (Head over to http://www.mattandkimmusic.com for full tour dates.)
Earlier this month, I caught up with the pair on line at the highly popular eatery Shake Shake in Lower Manhattan, and asked them about how Sidewalks differs from Grand, and how they felt about winning over West. Unlike their now infamous “Lessons Learned” music video, the pair kept their clothes on for this Manhattan video shoot.
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Running at only half an hour, Grand, the sophomore release from married couple Matt & Kim, is a short burst of pure exuberance. Stylistically the band sticks to synth pop that sounds like it wants to be punk but is just too darn cheerful to make it there. Matt & Kim delight in singing the praises of their native Brooklyn and crafting indie party music, but they also allot a good amount of space on this album to mid-tempo songs about such mundane topics as growing older. The duo does fine with these requisite sophomore “we’ve matured” tracks, but they are at their strongest when they sound like they are on a sugar high.
- Helen Horn-Mitchem
Editor’s choice tracks: “Daylight,” “Good Old Fashioned Nightmare”
Matt and Kim are getting a lot of airplay for their synth-driven “Daylight,” an infectious song that always puts a smile on my face and makes my pants dance. But, they by no means are one-hit wonders. Their new album “Grand” comes out tomorrow and it’s filled with equally pleasing songs that will lift up your spirit. Get “Daylight” as a free download here, and see what I mean. Oh, and buy their album now!
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The Brooklyn-based dance punk duo Matt and Kim have released their new single “Daylight,” and I’m going to be quite honest. This single makes me want to mingle, and it’s not just because those two words rhyme. Anyway, get a free download of the song exclusively here.