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Mat Kerekes


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Mat Kerekes may be best known as the frontman for the Toledo, Ohio-based alternative rock act Citizen, but his latest solo album Ruby showcases his incredible versatility when it comes to crafting songs that transcend musical boundaries.
Kerekes began writing and demoing songs at home with no particular goal in mind besides self-expression. However once longtime collaborator Will Yip (Tigers Jaw, Circa Survive) heard the demos, he asked that Kerekes consider releasing them on his newly formed Elektra Music Group sub-label Black Cement Records. “We talked a bunch and eventually I asked them if they would be open to me recording my own record because I like to try new things,” he says.
Having poured so much creativity into Ruby, there’s no question that Kerekes is deeply connected to the album. “Since I recorded and produced the album myself, without having anyone talking in my ear, it honestly makes me feel more personally attached to it. It feels like mine,” he admits. Kerekes’ organic approach to Ruby has birthed an album that is connected to the DIY scene that he came up in without limiting itself to any sonic conventions. That dichotomy allows for an album that’s as creative as it is dynamic, and establishes Kerekes as one of the most exciting songwriters working today. Ruby follows 2016’s Luna & The Wilde Blue Everything as Kerekes’ fourth solo album.


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