you’ve got new chords i’ve never heard before, i’m ready to sing along

Matt Pryor’s (The Get Up Kids, The New Amsterdams) first solo release, Confidence Man, is a quiet alt-country-influenced album. Utilizing mostly acoustic guitar, banjo, and harmonica, Pryor plays his emotions a little closer to the vest.

Pryor’s voice has taken on a deeper and more mature tone compared to his earlier efforts, which contributes to a more grown-up aesthetic overall. The album is full of short, simple, acoustic tunes. “I’m Sorry Stephen” has a Ben Lee-like quality to it, and “Dear Lover” offers a quiet send-off.

Title-track “Confidence Man” has a great mix of primary and secondary vocals that play off of each other while accompanied by banjo and harmonica. “Where Did I Go Wrong” is the album’s hidden gem, with the silence being just as important as the dark acoustic guitar and pretty electric guitar line that lies closer to Pryor’s emo roots.

Confidence Man drops 07/29/08.
Check out Matt Pryor’s MySpace page here.

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