F-Stop/Atlantic Recording artist Matt Hires’ new EP, “FOREVER,” will arrive on the iTunes Store and all leading DSPs on February 12th. “FOREVER” heralds the Tampa-based singer/songwriter’s upcoming sophomore album, “THIS WORLD WON’T LAST FOREVER, BUT TONIGHT WE CAN PRETEND,” slated for release later this year. The four-song collection is highlighted by the first single, “Restless Heart,” which is now available via all DSPs. A bright and lively folk-pop pastiche fueled by chiming guitars and a barrage of kiss-off lyrics, “Restless Heart”, recently premiered on MTV’s Buzzworthy Blog, which hailed it as “winsomely catchy… a rattling, strings-laden track” that displays Hires’ “predilection towards finger-snapping, toe-tapping jangle-pop.”
On his debut album “Take Us To The Start,” Matt Hires emerged as a golden-voiced troubadour with a penchant for setting heart-on-sleeve lyrics to sweetly infectious melody. The album hit the top 10 on iTunes’ overall “Top Albums” chart and debuted in the upper half of the Billboard 200 upon its release in 2009. The album received extensive critical praise from outlets like People, which hailed the collection, noting “on the opening cut of his debut, Hires requests, ‘Honey, Let Me Sing You a Song.’ With his folky pop and aching croon, how could you deny him?” Creative Loafing commended the album as “cleverly-crafted and interesting, full of sincerity and catchy melodies highlighted by (Hires’) enveloping, gravelly tenor.”
A charming and charismatic live performer, Matt has spent much of the past few years on tour, both as solo star and with artists such as Paolo Nutini, Marc Broussard, Eric Hutchinson, O.A.R., Brett Dennen & Erin McCarley. This year, in addition to releasing his new EP, and gearing up for his full length sophomore release, Hires’ will join multi-platinum selling band Matchbox Twenty on tour in March.
“Restless Heart,” is a rattling, strings-laden track, backed by a pounding bass drum. Opening in the same vein as the banjo-filled chorus in Mumford and Sons’ “The Cave,” “Restless Heart” is a winsomely catchy track” – MTV Buzzworthy
“a rootsy foot-stomper” – American Songwriter
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