Matt and Kim New Glow Review: New… I don’t know about Glow
Ah.. Matt and Kim, the funnest indie duo around with infinite smiles. While missing Lightning, I had a very fond memories of Grand and Sidewalks. Along with unique loose melodies their overall tone and energy was incredibly positive and uplifting. Without a doubt what they had going for them the most was their individuality. And so began the run of New Glow…
The first track Hey Now led the trod with bouncing horns fun lyrics and the traditional booming optimism that they had always been strong in. This was probably the strongest track on the album for long time fans loyal to their original sounds.
Melodies only keep getting more generic. Before you know it your in a flood of rehashed club beats, over synthed back dropped vocals singing about clubbing, yoloing, and wearing hoodies because apparently that’s what Matt and Kim care about now?
Matt and Kim’s lyrics were by no means serious but before their goofy lyrics at least provided really creative imagery. Now they just barely make sense, or the same lines are just repeated way too much. It’s like the return of my frustrations of De La Soul’s sampling of Daylight only taking one line even though the whole chorus is the same rhythm.
Through almost the whole album we see sparks of hope for originality only to be robbed by another terribly overused “catchy” club sound.
If you think I’m just being a hipster, then the final track will be the last irrefutable nail in the coffin.
I See Ya is a slower track about missed calls and texts and the past six years being a blur. The track closes with repeating “I miss you.. I miss you and my friends and family too… I miss you.” Then he must be singing about his lover that he had to leave behind to make this band work right?! How heartbreaking!! Only one problem… his lover is sitting two feet away from him playing with him!!!
Say all you want… I’ll never be convinced this album is sincere.
Recommended tracks: Hey Now – the only one I recommend for long time Matt and Kim fans. The only one that really sounds like them, but it is a darn fine track bound to put a smile on your face.
It’s truly heartbreaking to see this happen to another unique artist that I really had a lot of admiration for. I’m pessimistic if this is the road they choose to follow, but I hope I’m wrong and do wish the best for this bands future.