Music, Singles, The Revue — November 13, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Matinee November 13th

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The Matinee November 13th includes 6 new tracks to get your fall week started off right. We have a nice mix of synth-pop, electro-pop, and captivating indie rock. Bands are representing the US, England, and Sweden today.

Cavalry – “Black” (Liverpool, England)

RIYL: The Boxer Rebellion, The Airborne Toxic Event, Frightened Rabbit

With each new release, Cavalry continue to prove they are a talented and evolving band that definitely needs more exposure. In “Black”, they have delivered slower paced track that takes off about 3 minutes in, but as has become their trademark they brilliantly create melodies that stir your emotions.

Bassist Paul Jones talks a bit about the newest single:

“It’s definitely bold and takes intense turns. But it’s a patient song and for it to work, the meaning needs to be subtle. It’s about trying to validate the simple wars you have within yourself against the backdrop of everyday life”.

“Black” is from Cavalry’s forthcoming debut EP, See The Night Perform, which is out December 1st via Fierce Panda Records.

The band is comprised of Cavalry is comprised of Alan (vocals), Austin (guitar), Steven (guitar), Paul (bass), and Gareth (drums).

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CLAVVS – “Like Daggers” (Atlanta, USA)

RIYL: London Grammar, Pr0files, darkDark

CLAVVS (pronounced claws) are comprised of Amber Renee and Graham Marsh, and they’ve become favorites of ours over the past 18 months. Their latest single, “Like Daggers”, reveals exactly why we’ve become fans, as the song is totally hypnotic. Renee’s vocals float effortlessly against Mr. Marsh’s slick production and beats, creating a stark but gorgeous soundscape. But behind this wall of sound is a truly empowering track for women or anyone experiencing powerlessness in life or relationships.

Renee shares about the track:

“I didn’t intend for it to be, but this is totally Arya Stark’s song (For all you GOT fans). It’s about reclaiming your power and knowing how to use it. There have been way too many times in my life where I’ve felt powerless, and I’m tired of feeling that way. Now I get to make music that helps women and non-binary folks feel like we can rule the world.”

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NONONO – “Lost Song” (Stockholm, Sweden)

RIYL: Chairlift, MS MR, BANKS

NONONO are back with another stunning track, “Lost Song”.  We are excited they have started to release new music again after a three-year hiatus. “Lost Song” is a little less beat heavy (compared to “Masterpiece”) and instead starts with soothing piano and Stina’s stunning vocals.

NONONO have a way with combining slick production, amazing vocals, and weighty lyrics that have the listener singing the chorus over and over. “Lost Song” eludes to more than just a song that is lost as the lyrics question: I’m begging you to answer / Am I wasting time / I’m asking you to share my fears.

The trio share on their Facebook page that “‘Lost Song’ is very special to us since it was the start of a new process that in the end led to us making a new album”. When will that album come is unknown, but we’re hoping it will be released early in 2018.

NONONO are vocalist Stina Wäppling and production duo Astma & Rocwel.

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Rainsford – “Intentions” (feat. Twin Shadow) (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Ladyhawke, Human League, Billie Eilish

RAINSFORD is Rainey Qualley, a multi-talented artist (former country star, model, and actress) who has finally found her sound as a rising pop star named RAINSFORD. Her newest release, “Intentions”, is dripping with ’80s nostalgia. It’s a nice mix combining ’80s pop, R&B, and dashes of synth-pop. The song also includes surprise vocals by Twin Shadow, whose subtly hovers in the background to support Qualley’s radiant voice.

According to RAINSFORD, “Intentions” comes from her being in a couple of relationships in the past, in which she and the other person neither really knew what they wanted or were too scared to truly speak their minds. Such predicaments, as such, leaves both parties wondering “what are your intentions?”

RAINSFORD has been dropping singles throughout 2017 and a much anticipated EP will be released at the beginning of 2018.

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Sad Palace – “Melody Crux” (Hampshire, England)

RIYL: Circa Waves, Thumpers, Wild Cub

Sad Palace have released a new track, “Melody Crux”. It’s a groove-filled song that takes the listener on a nice ride with keen guitar work, retro keys, a killer bassline, and vocals that deliver dominating hooks.

So far with Sad Palace’s handful of releases, the talented quartet have demonstrated they possess the creativity and drive to break out beyond their small town roots.

The band shares a bit about the track:

“Most of the lyrics were written on a night out, sometimes you go out partying for the night when you really shouldn’t. It’s a weird feeling, being out dancing and drinking, and then realising you’re just not in the mood.The music stays really upbeat as the words slowly deteriorate with the night, because the night doesn’t care about your feelings, it goes on anyway.”

The single is out now via Kissability (the brainchild of Transgressive Records and Jen Long).

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TEN FÉ – “Single, No Return” (London, England)

RIYL: Fairchild, The Belligerents, Mt. Joy

TEN FÉ are a now a quintet, as Rob Shipley, Johnny Drain and Alex Hammond have permanently joined original members Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan. And luckily, we were able to witness their live set at ACL Festival with the full band after following them from their humble beginnings. Yeah, we’ve been tracking TEN FÉ for about 2.5 years and watched as their fan base has grown (and deservedly so).

“Single, No Return” is a great track that tackles the reality of burning bridges in relationships that can often cause isolation, as revealed by the lyrics “I keep on runnin'”. Musically, though, it is a mesmerizing single, as a soft, enchanting, roots-influenced melody sweeps throughout and Duncan envelops our every being with his smooth vocals. Just another great tune for a criminally underrated band.

TEN FÉ are playing one last gig on November 23rd at Dingwalls in Camden, London, and tickets are available here. Afterwards, they’ll be off recording their sophomore album.

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