Music, Singles, The Revue — September 29, 2015 at 7:40 am

Melodic Tonic, vol. 18

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Welcome to a belated dose of new music cocktails, brought to you one day later than normal because sometimes Monday can be as disagreeable as a growling dog. On this week’s Melodic Tonic, we’re treating your ears to some international tunes that will soothe even the most savage beast. We’re starting with two young, talented musicians from opposite sides of the musical spectrum and the globe.

Eaves (UK) – “Jack Madness”

Comparing a singer/songwriter to Nick Drake or Jeff Buckley is high praise, despite how infrequently a new voice worthy of such accolades emerges. Such is the case with Joseph Lyons, aka Eaves, the 23-year-old folk crooner from Leeds. Earlier this year he released his debut album, What Green Feels Like; now it’s gotten the deluxe treatment with four new tracks. This one has the gently intricate acoustic guitar work you’d expect of an artist twice his age. That it’s paired with Lyons’ poetic lyrics only adds to its intimate appeal. His hauntingly bare vocals are the whispers of an old soul from within a young man’s body. This is quite a perfect song for a cool autumn evening.

The deluxe version of the album releases October 16 on Heavenly Recordings (US) and is available for pre-order from iTunes and Rough Trade Records (UK).

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Lontalius (New Zealand) – “All I Wanna Say” (New Zealand)

You might not know the name Lontalius yet, but that will soon change. Next month the 18-year-old New Zealand singer/songwriter/producer will perform at CMJ Music Marathon in New York then join the Red Bull Academy of Music in Paris. He’s already opened for Perfume Genius and How to Dress Well – and his full debut album isn’t even out yet. (He recorded it this year and it’s slated for a 2016 release.) So who is this guy? Eddie Johnston started playing guitar at age 8. In high school he began mixing covers of Top 40 rap and R&P tunes on his Casio. This led to a few EPs and the industry taking notice. Fast-forward to earlier this year when he recorded his upcoming album of original music in the UK. This single is hypnotic, chill, and dare we say addicting? With its subdued 808 drums, cello, and bass, “All I Wanna Say” will weave itself into your head and take up residence.

His yet untitled debut album is coming next year on Partisan Records (US) and Inertia Music (AUS/NZ).

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Made of Oak (USA) – “Pinebender”

Fresh on the heels of Sylvan Esso’s successful debut album last year, electronic producer Nick Sanborn has emerged with his new solo project, Made of Oak. “Pinebender” is a multi-layered sonic exploration of looping synths and darkly trippy percussion that begs to be cranked to full volume on a night drive. The full EP, Penumbra, is out November 6 on Partisan Records. Fans in the U.S. can catch the tunes in person at 10 select shows during November.

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Yonatan Gat (Israel) – “0”

Pyschedelic punk instrumentalist Yonatan Gat does marvelous, magical things with a guitar. His improvisational grooves, lauded by critics worldwide, fuse a wide range of musical genres: in one song it’s not unusual to hear jazz, punk, and surf elements tinged with Brazilian and Middle Eastern vibes. The New York-based Israeli musician – dubbed “Best Guitarist in New York” two years ago – released his second album, Director, in March. This scorching, nearly seven-minute track is from the Physical Copy record (produced by veteran prog rocker Steve Albini and featuring Gal Lazer on drums) that came out August 26. It’s available from Joyful Noise Recordings and on his Bandcamp page. Queue it up and enjoy the ride. Gat is currently touring the US through mid-November.

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Sun Club (USA) – “Tropicoller Lease”

Frolicsome. That’s the most succinct term to describe this immensely catchy tune from Sun Club, the indie rock quartet from Baltimore. It’s a fun, upbeat song with jangly guitar and plenty of zany energy to get you dancing in your chair while you listen. The band’s full debut album, The Dongo Durango, releases October 30 on ATO Records and is available on their Bandcamp page. This week Sun Club launched a full North American tour that continues through early November.

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