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Prettier than Matt / Press

“Columbia’s acoustic folk rock duo Prettier Than Matt have dropped their first record, “Play Pretty” and the results bode well for their future. Jessica Skinner and Jeff Pitts both take turns singing lead, although she gets the lion’s share of the duties here. The band set-up might draw comparisons with groups like She & Him, although Prettier Than Matt are definitely playing in a more traditional style of pop than that duo, which is in their favor. Skinner’s great voice reminds me of Alison Krauss or even a country-tinged Hayley Williams. The playing is professional and well-produced, a folky kind of acoustic rock, with spare percussion, if any, on some of the songs. The songs themselves mostly deal with issues of failed relationships or lost loved ones and both singers surrender an emotional appeal in their lyrics. For the rest of the review, follow this link: http://scmusicguide.com/prettier-than-matt-play-pretty/”

“A Columbia-based duo composed of Jessica Skinner and Jeff Pitts, Prettier than Matt churns out infectious folk-pop comparable to that of nationally renowned duo She & Him. Prettier than Matt's repertoire includes outstanding originals along with covers of such songs as Roger Miller's “King of the Road.””

“This is Prettier than Matt. They are a kick ass folk/rock duo from Columbia, South Carolina that is taking the region by storm. Their covers of "Sittin On The (Dock of The Bay)" and "Dream A Little Dream", their original songs "Miss You" (which happens to be one of my personal favorites), and "No More Tears", are very classic and soothing. The main singer, Jessica Skinner, who also doubles on the ukulele, has a Mama Cass-like voice. There is an old soul in this Erskine College graduate's vocals. As for Jeff Pitts, he is the front man for the band Deleveled and shares vocals as well as guitarist of Prettier than Matt. He balances the group out well with his rock feel to Jessica's folk sound. Currently, "No More Tears" can be heard on youtube, and "Miss You", which the video is being shot for, is available on itunes. They are currently working on their debut album, which has an expected release date of fourth quarter 2011.”