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Matt Pryor

Memento Mori

Equal Vision Records / Rory Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Matt Pryor, best known for his work in The Get Up Kids, has been quietly amassing a sizeable library of solo work.  Given the focus of his seminal emo band, it’s not surprising that Pryor’s independent output retains strong emotional overtones.  Defined largely as an acoustic affair,  Pryor’s unmistakably fragile vocals communicate a deeply personal and intimate connection with his work.  His latest effort, Memento Mori, showcases Pyror’s pensive, wispy demeanor, making for an album every bit as light at it is somber.  Memento Mori isn’t something to sing along to on a sunny day, but rather a collection of tracks well worth contemplating while gazing through a rain-drizzled window.

Laced with soft strung guitar chords and lightly landing piano notes, opener “Mary” sets Memento Mori up as a very unassuming introduction.  “Mary, I’m sorry, I didn’t have the will to fight, the fire in the house tonight,” apologizes Pryor during his opening lines.  A sense of sadness pervades each word – washing a wave of defeat over listeners.  It’s the type of song that takes a few listens before its full weight bares itself, but certainly grows into something quite intimate once familiar.  Others  like “A Small Explosion” expand on this sense of growth with wispy harmonies elevating choruses without giving into the temptation of writing a mainstream Chris Carrabba radio single.  Further songs like “Sidney,” “I Won’t Be Afraid,” and “When We Go Wrong” showcase Pryor’s knack for maintaining this sense of balance throughout Memento Mori.

The only potential issue that some may find with the album is that the’s rather slow, methodical pacing, gets a little sluggish.  Tracks like “Where Is Juan Carlos” perhaps overdo the slow and somber approach, risking a mid-album lull in energy.  Thankfully the disc never coasts to a complete stop, but there are a few moments that may have benefited from slight nudge on the accelerator.

Matt Pryor offers another solid installment in his emotional series of solo albums.  The album isn’t his most distinct work (that honour remains with May Day), but maintains many of the songwriting hallmarks of which Pryor’s fan base admires him for.  All in all, Memento Mori is a safe and enjoyable addition to Pryor’s discography.

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Listen to the full disc here courtesy Billboard.

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“We lost a lot of people close to us in the last couple of years… This album is both a way for us to remember them and to celebrate everyday the lives that we still have.”

Coinciding with the announcement comes the premiere of the new song “A Small Explosion,” which can be heard below.

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Pre-orders are live.  Listen to the new track here.

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Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered “Andrew’s Song,” which can be heard below.

 

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“One of the things I told Will when we had our first phone call to discuss this album was ‘I have no goal for this record except to make something that I’m proud of and love with all my heart.’ I sincerely believe that is what we’re doing… Besides being a musical genius, Will is a longtime Eisley fan and really knows our back catalogue and is genuinely excited about working with us. And it’s equally as exciting for us to be working with him as we are huge fans of him and his work. I think that dynamic really inspires us all when we’re working in the studio. Making a record can be super intense, so it’s really beneficial to the project when every person involved is inspired. We are all SO thrilled to be here right now – you can feel it and hear it in the songs.”

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Vinnie Caruana

Survivor's Guilt

Equal Vision Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

This is the debut solo album from Vinnie Caruana, former vocalist, songwriter and guitarist for The Movielife and I Am Avalanche. Whilst Survivor’s Guilt is penned solely by Vinnie he has brought along Steve Choi, of RX Bandits , and former bandmates Kellen Robson and Brett Romnes, who also produced the album, for company. So thankfully this isn’t just another acoustic album from the former frontman of a well loved band.

This sounds like an album made by someone who is exactly where they want to be, making the music they want to make. There are a number of tracks that wouldn’t be out of place on any of his former bands releases and these demonstrate that he hasn’t abandoned his punk roots, although you’d expect this on a solo album from someone who has a hefty punk pedigree behind him. What is pleasing, although not unsurprising on a solo release, is that these sit alongside more thoughtful numbers that display a more personal quality and on occasion have a melancholy character. However, the final track, Your Religion Is Killing Me, is definitely not what you’d expect to hear, this is an epic instrumental which brings to mind the likes of Deus and Pixies with it’s slow burning multi layered sonic attack, and for me this is probably the high point of the album.

Survivor’s Guilt is due for release on Equal Vision Records on May 27th, It comes across as a positive and personal album and one which remains true to it’s roots. There are highs and lows on this album, but overall this is an impressive solo debut which won’t disappoint fans of his previous work, but I feel it is also one that will introduce him to wider audience.

 

Video: Vinnie Caruana – We Don’t Have To Die Alone

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Listen to the song here courtesy Noisey.