THE NEW AMSTERDAMS > At the Foot of My Rival

Videos by American Songwriter

Videos by American Songwriter

Matt Pryor and The New Amsterdams are back with relatively soft, yet pleasant, melodies on their sixth album, At the Foot of My Rival. Though not exactly a priceless discovery, the group experiments with raw sounds (the album was mostly a home recording) and varied instrumentation that separates Rival from its predecessors.

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[Rating: 3]

Matt Pryor and The New Amsterdams are back with relatively soft, yet pleasant, melodies on their sixth album, At the Foot of My Rival. Though not exactly a priceless discovery, the group experiments with raw sounds (the album was mostly a home recording) and varied instrumentation that separates Rival from its predecessors. As always, Pryor’s voice is smooth and inviting, contributing to the infectious ease of each track. “Fountain of Youth” and “Lay on the Rails” add an upbeat punch to the 14-track compilation, but songs like “Hughes,” an intentionally bare, acoustic tune laced with simple banjo, and the lyrically resounding “Lost Long Shot,” are most likely the ones you’ll want to play again.

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