Vern Matz, the result of an Ivy League collaboration based on the campus of Yale University, is a delicate, emotive blend of indie rock, folk, and alternative sensibilities, wrapped up in mellow rhythms and bluesy melodies. “Cityscapes,” their latest release, drifts naturally, like a leaf on a cool autumn breeze, moving along at an easy pace as lead singer Daniel Belgrad strings together a beautiful story.
“For now, it’s fine Waste of our time Out where the stars forget to shine.”
“Hold your breath, it’ll all be over soon / Stuck inside this cage that’s built for you / Stuck inside this cage that can’t fit two,” Belgrad sings. The first release from their upcoming Bobblehead EP, “Cityscapes” is the perfect soundtrack to those January blues.
Vern Matz formed at Yale University, where the members are currently finishing up their undergraduate studies. The bandmates met at a college party and instantly connected over their mutual admiration for Radiohead—it was like love at first sight.
Got this adorable track in from this Yale University band, Vern Matz. According to their Facebook page, they are “the lovechild of a philosophy student, an investment banker, and a boy with a David Foster Wallace tattoo.” Can I be 10 years younger so we can be friends?
Vern Matz’s eponymous debut EP was born out of several road trips between New Haven and Philadelphia. In a lot of ways, the EP is about Vern Matz coming of age—as individuals and as a band. Faced with finding a place in the world, the band shies away from those looming decisions and instead embraces a wistful indifference.
The single from their EP, “Shelby Park” is this amazing, smooth-sailing track that is very reminiscent of Wilco; and even brings back some old nostalgia from my own college days with Yellowcard and Dashboard in that slow and sentimental, but also catchy kind of way.
“As a band, we call the song Shelby Park — “Shelby”. Perhaps we are on a first name basis with the song because of how close we have grown to it; Shelby’s a big part of our lives now. But this wasn’t always the case. Shelby Park didn’t have it’s identity until it was done. It was only until after the song was complete that it really grew on all of us.”