Matthew Pickup & the Movement Pursuit of Symmetry

Matthew Pickup & the Movement Pursuit of Symmetry
The debut CD from Matthew Pickup & the Movement is proof Halifax, NS continues to be a hub of solid rock'n'roll in Canada. Pursuit of Symmetry is a strong effort with a variety of songs. "Wanted You To Know" and "Close to the Bottom" have a lovely country feel, while others, like standout "Trouble City," incorporate hints of the blues. It reminds me a lot of Pete Yorn and even Lifehouse, in the sense the songs are undoubtedly rock but a softer rock lined with subtle pop sensibilities. The album relies heavily on acoustic guitars that are both soothing and powerful. Lyrically, Pursuit of Symmetry flows smoothly but they're typical of this style: a lot of nods to love, losing love and figuring out life — not necessarily bad things. "Entrenched in Comfort" is the curveball, mentioning zombies, monsters and the Devil in a way that might actually make it the deepest track on the record. This is a strong debut that shows a great deal of potential. (Independent)