Welcome to Third Outing Introducing; the first of a weekly feature introducing some of music's most exciting prospects. This week we introduce Matt Messore aka Dear Tracks. Take it away…
"Dear Tracks started as a solo project. I made a demo at the end of July 2014 and had a few shows in the Fall including Kalamashoegazer Fest. For the first few shows I had session musicians from my community fill in but after I wrote and recorded our first EP 'Wildflower', permanent members were found for the band. Although Dear Tracks is a band, I still craft all the songs with my keyboardist and synth player Victoria Ovenden. We plan to tour, write, and also potentially move to a larger city with hopes of finding further great opportunities [in music].
I guess 'Dream Pop' is an easy description to use for Dear Tracks. We have a lot of upbeat pop songs but we use reverb on vocals to every track, and we focus on pop chords, bends, clean tones, and post punk jangly drum beats. For the LP we plan to have some ambient side tracks throughout the record. I am currently working on a new single too. We go on our spring tour soon and we hope to have a full LP recorded by the summer.
The 3rd view: The foundations of Dear Tracks are clearly defined. They are guitar shoegazers built upon pop melancholy and post punk. Of course a bit of reverb, chorus and delay doesn't harm. But overall it is a pretty solid foundation indeed. Their pop songs are clearly influenced by Captured Tracks artists as well as greats such as The Jesus And Mary Chain, Lou Reed, Fleetwood Mac. Third Outing's recommendation? Listen to 'Wildflower' EP on repeat tonight. Dear Tracks certainly have the potential and once they truly define their style, perhaps relying less on the reverb pop, they will certainly find their opportunity in whichever city next graces them. You need one more reason? Fine. His chosen desert island drink is a Strawberry Margarita, apparently...must be a favourite! Now you can't go wrong with that, can you?
Dear Tracks 'Wildflower' EP 7/10