Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Review: Matt Ryd “Looking For Home”

You may have heard Chicago singer/songwriter Matt Ryd if you are a regular watcher of Scrubs – the first single, “Healed” from his new record, “Looking For Home” has been featured on the popular television show. Ryd has also opened for Jeff Tweedy and The Swell Season.

“Looking For Home” is a sunny album full of smart, pristine pop rock that is very much in Rembrandts territory. Joan Hoedeman supplies ear-pleasing harmonies on many of the tracks, taking those songs to a whole new level. “Impression” is a great way to begin the record, with melodic verses building to a most catchy chorus with Hoedeman beautifully echoing Ryd’s lines. “Impression” makes a great first one, and this track has become my favorite. The aforementioned “Healed” is even more upbeat and another treat for the soul. Additional highlights include “Pieces” and “Home”, the latter of which makes for an excellent anthem when you’re away. The achingly contemplative “Wondrin’” is my pick for best ballad on the record. The second half of the record is generally slower with songs that are well done, but not as instantly memorable.

One minor complaint – toy piano appears to be used on a couple tracks, which just sounds like fingernails scratching a chalkboard to me. But don’t let this be the factor that dissuades you from giving Matt Ryd some serious attention.

iPOD-worthy: 1, 2, 4, 5, 10

Matt Ryd on MySpace. Official site.

Listen to “Impression”