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Vern Matz Drops, “Mall of America”

by The Alchemist

Vern Matz is a A duo formed at Yale University, Vern Matz toes the line between indie rock, folk, and alternative music. They are a hi-fi DIY duo of two hooligan folk rockers that are full of humor and creativity. The group is made up of, Daniel Belgrad, a Korean American, and Michael Lituchy.


Their newest track is called, “Mall of America” and it’s one of our favorites we’ve heard in a while. It has a folk feel to it, yet it also some indie elements that makes it unique. The vocals are incredibly relaxing, and the it’s a great song to take a nice drive on the highway late at night. Check out the track below, and on our playlist, “Ultimate Indie”.

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