This split features two of Epitaph's brightest young things, Matchbook Romance
and Motion City Soundtrack
. Both contribute new songs as well as acoustic/otherwise messed-with versions of older tracks. Matchbook
's "In Transit (Over You)" is an atmospheric Radiohead-ish
number that eventually trades its acoustic meander for a full-on rock howl. It's a pretty nice song, but Andrew Jordan
wins the award for vocal over-emoting. The seat-of-the-pants production ("Recorded and mixed...in 45 minutes," according to the liner notes) works well on "Playing for Keeps," as a band like Matchbook Romance
usually favors a lush, overdone studio sound. Motion City Soundtrack
performs the new "When 'You're' Around" acoustically here, but it will likely appear on their upcoming full-length in a rockier version. The version of "Sunday Warning" appearing here also benefits from its rough mix. All in all, not a bad little release for fans of these groups; neophytes will be teased for the upcoming releases.