michael gallucci

REVIEW — MATT AND KIM: GRAND

In Uncategorized on 01/27/2009 at 3:54 am

Matt & Kim

Grand

(Fader)



Somewhere around the middle of this brief CD (which doesn’t even make it to the 30-minute mark), the male half of the married couple whose names are above the title sings, “I stayed up all night/Slept in all day/This is my sound.” The sound on Matt & Kim’s second album comes straight outta the 1980s, when synth-pop was still a dirty word. The nerdy N.Y.C. twentysomethings plug in their Casios and skip around to bouncy songs like “Daylight” and “Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare,” which owe as much to post-punk lo-fidelity as they do to indie-pop’s revision. Grand is stuffed with programmed handclaps, chirpy harmonies, and a sense that these are two kids who really like the past, especially their own cotton candy-colored memories of it. –Michael Gallucci

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