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Matt Pryor - ‘Memento Mori’

David McLaughlin
David McLaughlin 9 February at 15.10

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It'll tug at your heartstrings.

In which The Get Up Kids’ supremo tackles the tough, tangled subjects of mortality, grief, love and survival. The results are some of the most heart-rending and beautiful you’re likely to hear, as Matt’s syrup-smooth voice glides over sparse, understated instrumentation, pushing the message and melody up front.

It’s never a bum-out listen, though, and the super-prolific songwriter is on form once again across all 10 tracks.

Although it’s not as essential as his early emo scene-defining fare, there’s tremendous power and strength in the softness here. 

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