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Syd Matters

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Obstacles Syd Matters 03:28
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Hi Life Syd Matters 03:51
A Robbery Syd Matters 04:07
Black & White Eyes Syd Matters 03:33
End & Start Again Syd Matters 05:54
Me And My Horses Syd Matters 06:28
Battle of Olympus Syd Matters 05:43

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Syd Matters, born Jonathan Morali
in Paris on May 22, 1980, took his name by twisting the names of Pink Floyd
founding members Syd Barrett and Roger Waters. After studying music at Sarah
Lawrence, Morali built up his live chops playing in small venues. He scored his
big break winning a magazine contest that led to him being signed to a record
contract. His debut EP, 2002’s Fever In Winter, Shiver in June,
established his stage name as well as his sound which combined sensitive
singer/songwriter musings on love and life with modern electronic flourishes that
reminded critics of Nick Drake and Radiohead. He put a band together, dubbed
them Syd Matters, and recorded 2006’s Someday We Will Foresee Obstacles
with them. That album did better, leading to their breakthrough with 2008’s Ghost
, which benefitted from the exposure of his songs in various TV shows
and video games, particularly the inclusion of “To All of You” in the
teen drama The O.C. 2011’s Brotherocean, featured the song “Ocean
, and displayed a further expansion of his signature sound by including
prog rock flourishes as well as occasionally employing modern dance beats. Matters
turned his attention to composing songs for other media, including his
award-winning soundtrack for the video game Life Is Strange and the animated
film Long Way North. In 2020 the band released work inspired by the work
of author Franz Kafka.