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BY HANNAH ELLIOT, Robinson High
Grade: ****, 4/5 asterisks
The cutest couple indie has ever seen is back with their fourth album, Lightning. After slowly emerging into the spotlight with their infectious hit Daylight and shocking audiences with their edgy music video Lessons Learned where they strip in the middle of Times Square, this power couple showed that they are cool, innovative and don’t follow rules.
Matt and Kim, who will appear at the Ritz Ybor Wednesday, radiate light and a get-up-and-go vibe I have yet to find anything that comes close to comparison. Matt Johnson’s voice is an instrument alone; his vocals and keyboard skills mesh perfectly with Kim Schifino’s chaotic and animated pounding on the drums. Each song exudes Brooklyn edge and the lifestyle of riding subways with a retro boom box balancing on your shoulder. When listening to Matt and Kim, images of Converse, dancing in the dark, running through the streets and graffiti dance in my head.
Single Let’s Go is the party that seems will never stop. This is anthem with no memorization necessary; singing along only requires some good ole OoOoOo’s.
Overexposed is the epitome of Matt and Kim’s everlasting sugarcoated beats that make dancing an absolute obligation. The up-beat tempo Kim maintains throughout gets your heart and energy racing, not unlike a double shot of espresso. Check out the YouTube video if you need a lift.
I Said shows a new side of Matt and Kim. It dabbles into hip-hop and dubstep while still maintaining their signature aspects. It is the slowest song on the album, and a well needed break. The lyrics also take on a more serious and concerned tone, straying away from the celebrations of the rest of the songs.
Lightning as a whole becomes a bit draining for everyday listening after four or five songs in a row, but in small doses it is the perfect pick-me-up. Individually, each song proves to be musically sound and enjoyable. If you’re having a party, or just a party in your head, Lightning is a spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down.