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Sidewalks
Matt and Kim Sidewalks
Released 25 March 2011
Producer

Ben Allen, Matt Johnson, Oliver Straus
Label Different Recordings (PIAS)
Length 34:56
Genre Indie, alternative
Website mattandkimmusic.com
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Positivity pops and elation abounds in Matt and Kim's positively poppy third release Sidewalks and it's a safe bet that in the future you'll hear them somewhere in the soundtrack mix of your favourite television shows, that's if you haven't already. The Brooklyn based band are all about love, being in love with each other and everything else, reckless abandon, lost weekends, raw enthusiasm, keyboards, synths and drums.

They're so ebulliently alive, in fact, that although I'm not particularly, listening to the album made me sometimes feel a little old. Old because I'm not running naked through Times Square (like the duo did in their 'Lessons Learned' video) or, basically, old because I don't seem to be having quite as good a time as the band seem so desperate to. I think I'd need to take a road trip filmed by a mid ‘90s MTV crew, have a sun kissed day of stupid misadventure in Williamsburg or just hang around lazy and content in the East Village to really be synchronous with their sound.

Their lyrics like Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems are all about New York and similar in a 'say what I see, look what I did, see who I'm with' format but far in quality from anything O'Hara might've written, happier to merely detail than bring out anything truly transcendent or meaningful. Or perhaps, Matt and Kim could be likened to The Ting Tings sans the wraith of an execrable single like 'That's Not My Name' hanging judgementally over their heads (heads that are still haloed with a luminescent credence of Brooklyn cool), retaining The Ting Tings' verse-chorus-verse structure and repetitive synth and staccato vocals but managing to bring a more romantic idyll to hipster existence. Or they could be (dare I mention them in the same breath) likened to Le Tigre, with disco beats still present but with activism, punk edges and pretensions smoothed out.

Matt and Kim are all about hanging with friends, scuffed shoes, subways and sleeping on rooftops but I somehow feel that their music isn't memorable enough to stand the test of time, as ephemeral as the essence they're trying to grasp and maybe even as shallow.

- Cormac O’Brien