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Editors’ Notes

Brooklyn happy-pop duo Matt & Kim follow up their 2006 eponymous debut with more bare-bones synth and drum songs destined to put a smile on your face even on the gloomiest of days. Grand is a bit ... well, grander, if only in the sense that the songs are somehow bigger and fuller (louder?), and Matt Johnson’s nasal delivery is more emphatic and confident, at times sounding like a kid shouting out a song, impervious to modulation or perfection. While the infectiously exuberant “Daylight” will win the hearts and minds of even the most jaded, other tracks burst with equally bright pulses of energy: on “Cutdown,” Kim Schifino’s drumming is all flying fists of fury, but stately synths weave in and out with grace, while “Don’t Slow Down” blips and beeps with a Duran Duran dance beat. Like Mates of State, this duo tends to focus on bringing cheer to the world, but the occasional foray into shades of gray save Grand from overdosing on cute: instrumental “Cinders” is almost punky in its frenzy, Kim carefully bashing her kit into submission while Matt playfully punches out matching synth riffs, and the dark layers, ominous hum and reverbed stomping of “Spare Change” is surrounded by cavernous, empty space, giving the tune an emotional wash.

Customer Reviews


Matt and Kim are upbeat, yet oddly grungy in a painfully catchy, wholy addictive kind of way. They are epic in their simple complexity and this album is one of the best I've ever heard. Period.

Happy Music!

Music that just makes you smile when you listen to it. Just listen to Daylight and you will be happy as ever!

Matt & Kim make me wanna be nice to everybody.

I saw them in Cincinnati and they are amazing. Matt is hilarious and Kim never stops smiling. She is the cutest little thing ever. I want to put her in my pocket. The new album gets 5 stars.


Formed: 2004 in New York, NY [Brooklyn]

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino are the driving force behind the musical perpetual energy machine that is Matt and Kim. The two came together in 2004 while attending the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and sessions for their debut album began two years later after a spring tour with Meneguar. Featuring vocals from both members, the self-titled album was released by the I Heart Comix label in fall 2006, and several festival appearances (including stints at Lollapalooza and the Siren...
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Grand, Matt and Kim
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Indie Rock
  • Released: Jan 20, 2009

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