POZ Review: Mat Kerekes - Mat Kerekes EP
by Becky Kovach, edited by Erik van Rheenen
There’s something about acoustic-based music that always leaves me stunned, and the debut solo EP from Mat Kerekes is no exception. Kerekes is best known as the frontman of Citizen, but his solo music is a far cry from the band’s hazy brand of rock.
Each song on the EP is moving in its own distinctive way. “Forgiveness” is a heartbreaking look at a relationship that has run its course. The track is slow and solemn, with Kerekes drawing out his vocals as if to delay the inevitable end of something that was once so beautiful (“I loved you first/and I know that it hurts/I’m sorry for what I did to you”). Most striking, though, are the airy strings that buoy an otherwise somber story.
“For The Month” features a more lively melody that gently sways to and fro. However, the vocals remain timid and soft, accented by faintly humming “oohs.”
The standout on the EP is “Reach,” a track with a clean and simple opening that swells as it progresses. The movement begins with the faint shimmer of cymbals, and then builds with a brief and melancholy guitar riff. Kerekes’ voice strengthens along with the instrumentals, until he’s openly begging you to stay. (“Oh that shine in your smile/Would you stay for awhile?”)