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?”)
Mat Kerekes is playing at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago, IL on June 21st. PropertyOfZack is teaming up with Kickstand Productions to give away a pair of tickets for the show. The contest all end on June 20th, so find out how to win below!
Mat Kerekes, Chris Kerekes Announce Solo Tour
To win a pair of tickets to see Mat Kerekes in Chicago you must do each of the following things:
Somos, what a band. Runaway Brother, what a band. It just so happens that Somos, who have one of the best albums of the year at this point, are going out on a PropertyOfZack sponsored tour with Runaway Brother. Somos will then be playing a few shows after the first leg of the tour with Mat Kerekes of Citizen. The tour will run from the beginning to the middle of June. Check out the dates above or below!
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!