even though it barely made the grade, some promising stuff on here
Grade - 1.7
released Nov 2nd, 2010
from the album - Cameras - grade 1.5
Bio from all music
Keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino create the giddy, punky pop music of Matt & 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 iHEARTCOMIX label in fall 2006, and several festival appearances (including stints at Lollapalooza and the Siren Music Festival) kept the band's profile high in 2007. Matt & Kim continued touring throughout the following years, taking a brief break to record material for their sophomore album, Grand, which appeared in early 2009 and cracked the Billboard 200 at number 165. Sidewalks followed one year later.
Album Review from washington post
Matt & Kim are part of a new breed of musicians that's much more interested in being your best friend than any sort of rock star. In concert, the impossibly jubilant synth-pop duo is like Sonny and Cher gorged on Pixy Stix and Red Bull. That means singalongs, hand claps and an everybody-get-happy, permanent-smile enthusiasm.
The energy level is high on the duo's new album, "Sidewalks," but there's also a sense of restraint that serves the songs well. After the sugar rush, the Brooklyn duo is capable of churning out some straightforward songs that have exactly as much staying power as a three-minute pop song should. "AM/FM Sound" spills the whole bag of tricks -- blurting keyboards, a few random whirrs in the background, innocent lyrics "I just sit here tonight and you will wait by my side" that lead into a wordless chorus of "Oh-ey-oh-ey-oh," all over a rudimentary bounce.
Instead of 10 carbon copies, the band throws in a few new sounds, notably some Southern hip-hop beats on "Block After Block" and "Cameras." It's leagues removed from the imposing wall of sound employed by the likes of Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame, and to say it adds edge would be taking it too far, but you can dance to it without simply pogoing in place. "Cameras" at first sounds like an Andy Samberg-style hip-hop parody but is even more sincere and stupid, which makes it the prototypical Matt & Kim song.
1 Block After Block Matt & Kim 2:55
2 AM/FM Sound Matt & Kim 3:14
3 Cameras Matt & Kim 3:32
4 Red Paint Matt & Kim 3:06
5 Where You're Coming From Matt & Kim 4:09
6 Good for Great Matt & Kim 3:50
7 Northeast Matt & Kim 2:51
8 Wires Matt & Kim 3:58
9 Silver Tiles Matt & Kim 3:36
10 Ice Melts Matt & Kim 3:45