by Brittany Oblak, edited by Erik van Rheenen
Through hazy, distorted vocals and thoughtful acoustic guitars, we’ve been brought Winter Split by beloved Citizen vocalist Mat Kerekes and his brother, Chris. While spending the summer on Warped Tour with Citizen, Mat played several sets on the Acoustic Basement stage, promoting his solo career, and received a pretty strong response, besides the fact that he has already built up a strong following via YouTube. Chris, who is equally talented (although associated with no other acts), also has a strong presence on YouTube, as well as on Bandcamp.
There is a completely different vibe from this split than what you might have come to expect from the release of Youth —Mat has traded in the angst-filled, borderline growling vocal style for something much more vulnerable and earnest, while still keeping his signature vocals (although which of these two brothers is actually singing could probably fool you at any given point).
The first half of the split (Mat’s songs) includes “In Every Inch, In Every Mile,” which has a slow, steady sound that sounds very intentionally delicate until the end, when a trickling piano is brought in to accompany the softness in his voice and the gentle plucks of the guitar, converse to the sort of detachment that is seemingly expressed in this song lyrically. “Aloe” comes in with a much louder, quicker pace, through more vocal distortion that is more reminiscent of what his vocals on Youth sound like (due also in large part to the harmonies that also come in). The saturated vocals and deliberate guitar are a good indication of what the majority of the rest of the album sounds like.
PropertyOfZack is extremely happy to be premiering an acoustic in-studio video of Mat Kerekes. The video includes four songs from Mat’s brand new Winter Split with his brother Chris Kerekes that can be downloaded here on Bandcamp. Make sure to check out Citizen’s winter dates with The Wonder Years here and watch the video premiere below!
Mat Kerekes of Citizen will be heading down to Philadelphia, PA to record several acoustic songs for a new split. Check out a tweet from Nick below after the jump.
Mat Kerekes of Citizen has released a new solo song called “Silver Bill.” This will be the last solo song Kerekes releases for the foreseeable future as Citizen head out on Warped Tour. Stream the song below after the jump.
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