Matt & Kim is one of those acts whose lyrics I never really pay attention to, particularly because they tend to use words and verses as just another form of setting the beat. “Cameras,” the first single from the band’s as-yet-untitled third album, is an example of this, where Matt Johnson could very well be spewing proverbs, or the ingredients from a box of cereal, or nonsensical syllables, and it’d still make for a solid, energy-emanating song.
Because this Brooklyn duo is all and only about rhythms, and they have one nailed here, with blips from what sounds like an old gaming console, to the rattling trombones of a high school marching band and an ’80s throwback drumbeat. Johnson’s voice just gives rise to the chorus’ crescendo and flattens out that sneaky minor, making it feel dynamic and complete. It sounds like a celebration, and, if the track is any indicator of what’s to come on the album, there’s going to be plenty to celebrate.
The single goes wide on the web tomorrow, but you can stream it on the band’s Facebook or, if you don’t feel like “liking” them, Seattle station The End got the premiere.
No word yet when the album will be released (on Fader’s label), but we bet it’s before Christmas and we bet there will be more info soon on Matt & Kim’s Twitter.
Being the road warriors they are, the pair are touring extensively this fall, dates below. They’re still gaining traction after their video for “Lessons Learned” went viral and won awards at the 2009 MTV VMAs and at the 2009 MTVu Woodie Awards, so look for more packed houses.
Here are Matt & Kim’s tour dates: