Here’s the third part to The Matinee for this week. As usual, it’s an eclectic mix of music, although there’s a bit more North American content on today’s episode.
Amy Bezunartea – “New Villain”
In 2010, Amy Buzenartea released her debut album, Restaurants and Bars, which chronicled her life working in the service industry. It was an album that NPR applauded Bezunartea for its poignancy and humor. The singer-songwriter is now back and preparing for the launch of her sophomore record, New Villain, which, as she tells James Rettig of Stereogum in a Q&A, she spent the better half of writing and recording the album. The title track is also its lead single, a stripped down affair that is part anguish and another part perseverance. From the honest and truthful songwriting to the lo-fi approach, the song blends the styles and brilliance of Neko Case, Liz Phair, and Waxahatchee all at once.
New Villain will be released on September 25. Pre-order the record now at Kiam Records.
Ceiling Demons – “Even If”
Way, way back in the early infancy of The Revue, I received an album from a young multi-genre band from the UK. Their music was founded in hip hop, but it was much more expansive. It encompassed classical music, rock, pop, R&B, and more. That trio is now back with a brand single. Ceiling Demons, who are from just outside of Manchester, are known for their innovative songs and approaches. On “Even If”, they’ve taken the ending to Neko Case’s lovely “Nearly Midnight, Honolulu” and looped it around their own lyrics of loss and despair and a subtle beat track to give it a hip hop vibe. Is this a sign of a new album to come? If you missed their outstanding 2013 debut, Dual Sides, hear and buy it on iTunes.
Heaters – “Propane”
Earlier this year, Grand Rapids, Michigan trio Heaters released an awesome 7″, split single that included the psychedelic “Levitate High”. We were aware at the time that they were working on a new album, and last week they announced Holy Water Pool will be released on September 25th via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. The first single is “Propane”, a psychedelic rock meets surf-rock song that embraces the psychedelic flurries of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees and the blistering rock ‘n roll of Futurebirds.
The album can be pre-ordered now at Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records.
Emilie & Ogden – “Ten Thousand”
Emilie & Ogden is not your typical duo. Emilie Kahn is a young singer-swongwriter and harpist. Ogden is her harp. With the support of a backing band, Kahn’s music is breathtaking and beautiful. Her new song, “Ten Thousand”, exemplifies the cinematic and moving quality of Kahn’s music and sound while her voice adds an innocence and vulnerability to the track. “Ten Thousand” has a rare quality to move you emotionally, mentally transport you away from reality, and physically sway you. It’s on par with the remarkable works of Marissa Nadler, Joanna Newsom, and fellow Montreal artist and label mate Patrick Watson.
Emilie & Ogden’s debut LP comes out October 2 via Secret City Records. Pre-order it here.
Reservations – “To Be Honest”
It wasn’t long ago – 13 days to be exact – when we featured Reservations‘ first single, “Planet” from their forthcoming new album, Taking Time. Late last week, they released the second single, “To Be Honest”. The song has the startling vulnerability and beauty of Sharon Van Etten and the soul-crushing, haunting quality of Annalibera. Simply stunning and gorgeous. It’s an album that will be a must listen when it is released, which is tomorrow (Friday, July 21).
Pony Time – “Time Tells Me”
For the past six years, former teacher and student (well, electrician and apprentice) Luke Beetham and Stacy Peck have been rocking The Pacific Northwest’s music scene as Pony Time. With their blistering garage rock, the duo are set to expand their base beyond The Evergreen State with their forthcoming album, The Rumours 2: The Rumours Are True. The first single from their album is “Time Tells Me”, a catchy, slow burner that has a touch of Thee Oh Sees without the psychedelic reverb. Just play this track and rock out. It’s the perfect way to either start or end the day. Download the track for free by clicking on the SoundCloud audio or visit their Bandcamp page. Pre-order the album here.
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