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"'Selling Roses' — Talk about the use of steel guitar, which lends great atmosphere and a layer of sadness to the music." [10/9/2017]

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—Chris M. Junior - Medleyville

"'Vision Hazyis a rotating photo album of bright memories and golden nostalgia that winds along an open road. [9/28/2017]

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—Jen Dan, Stereo Embers

"'Time Travels' is a jangly Southern rock number that calls to mind both REM and Against Me!" [10/1/2017]

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—Rachel Cholst, Adobe and Teardrops

"Tarka is a folk rocker in a similar vein of Tom Petty (and at times John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats) but like those guys he can rock out, too." [9/16/2017]

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—Dagger Zine

"“Time Travels” is undeniably Mountain Goats-esque, and luckily the bouncy acoustic-laden tune has all the heart of John Darnielle’s greatest." [8/24/2017]

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—Magnet Magazine

"Here’s some punchy indie-pop that fans of the Weakerthans will immediately sit up and take notice of. The guitars and vocals come together beautifully." [8/22/2017]

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—Independent Clauses

"On his EP, Surely Late, he evokes the hazy, early days of college radio (remember that? What do they even call that now?) with powerful melodies, a bit of sugary sweetness, and a delightful propulsiveness that belies the heartache that provides the lyrical matter." 11/18/2016

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—Melissa Bratcher , Popshifter

"'Very Little' is pop with a capital “P”, riff and rhythmically meaty, sharp and biting lyrics and easily embraceable; “Now Or Never” is reminiscent of mid-to-late ’80’s college radio (think R.E.M., The Ocean Blue or The Connells), filled starts and stops, boisterous organ and standout guitar fills" [11/14/2016]

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—Rob Ross , PopDose

"Surely Late tackles the despair of everyday life, turning it from hopeless to hopeful with Matt Tarka’s carefully and confidently crafted musical arrangements, sincere vocals, and relatable lyrics." [11/14/2016]

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—Elmore Magazine

"The song is very ’90s acoustic radio rock, with a very candid look at a very upsetting romantic situation." [11/3/2016]

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—Magnet Magazine

"The upbeat rhythms complicate our dissection of this narrative (much in the same way that bands such as The Pernice Brothers and The Magnetic Fields wrap sad stories in beautiful sounds), but Tarka manages to keep the music moving along, never releasing his control and directing everything toward a particular musical revelation." [9/16/16]

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—Joshua Pickard , Nooga

"Inspiring my inner 80s teen a bit w/ the new one from Matt Tarka, 'Very Little.'" [9/13/2016]

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—Country Friend Rock

"There’s layers and depth to the music, vocals and lyrics which makes for a great listen and makes us eager to hear more." [9/13/2016]

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—Kerriann Curtis , WordKrapht

“Dylan-esque lyrics and confident power chord guitar accompaniment.”

—Lara Supan, That Mag

“I am quite happy with his direction as he still maintains his warm approach to songwriting and has a band to bring further life to the mix. The pace is moderate and even brisk on occasion, such as in ‘Very Little’. This is a solid effort and a good direction for Matt Tarka to take his music.”

—David Hintz, DC Rock Live

“One of my personal favorite local singer-songwriters. He has a particularly sharp ditty about public libraries.”

—Drew Hansen, DelRay Patch

“I have compared him to the Kevin Seconds/Vic Ruggiero/Jesse Malin type folk school of rockers that can write well enough and have the voice to deliver good to very good folk sets. I think the best of his style are the vocal lines he writes that are simple enough on the face of things, but have a few hooky moments that bring his songs to life."

—David Hintz, DC Rock Live

“Rising singer-songwriter.”

—Natan Press, The Deli Magazine

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