On The Matinee October 22, our six singles are from rising artists – some brand new and others incrementally making waves. We go from the east coast of the USA to Europe to Australia and back to the States.
Aisha Badru – “Young” (New York City, USA)
Who says you can’t fall in love again? No matter your age, no matter what you enjoy doing, you can fall in love with a new hobby, a new instrument, a new musician. New York City-based singer-songwriter Aisha Badru just might have you eating from her hands, especially after you hear her gorgeous new single, “Young”. It’s a classic, acoustic, folk-pop tune that is as gentle as a soft breeze on a hot day. Her raspy voice is enticing and captivating, matching beautifully this song of optimism and youthful energy.
Earlier this year, she released her debut EP, Vacancy, which you can hear in its entirety on SoundCloud. While stylistically she’s not quite like Valerie June, she has the opportunity to achieve the stardom that June has.
HARTS – “All Rise (Play It Cool)” (Melbourne, Australia)
We first became familiar with HARTS – the project of Darren Hart – back in May, although he’s been amazing music audiences Down Under for a few years. He’s mastery of the guitar caught the attention of many musicians, including Prince, who invited the young guitar god to his studios to perform. HARTS has now returned with a new song, “All Rise (Play It Cool)”. The track has more of a funk-pop vibe than his previous tracks, reflecting the influence of the Purple One. The song, though, retains HARTS’ fiery guitar brilliance, making this a rocking and catchy number, perfect for the changing seasons.
“All Rise (Play It Cool)” officially arrives October 23rd via The A&R Department.
Mooncreatures – “Guilt Chills” (London, Great Britain)
Can’t say there is much information about Mooncreatures other than that they’re a duo based out of London and have released three albums, including this year’s Night Guides. From it is the melodic shoegazer, “Guilt Chills”. With a psychedelic-pop vibe of the ’70s and a lush, dreamy melody, the song is akin to being taken to an exotic, existential place. This song is absolutely stunning.
Night Guides is out now via French label Beko Disques. Hopefully we can get more information about this band soon.
MY BABY – “Remedy II” (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Earlier this year, Dutch trio, MY BABY, released their debut album, Shamanaid. A combination of funk, roots, soul, blues, and psychedelia (think the roots-rock, Aborigine-influenced music coming out of Australia), the album was extremely well-received in their native The Netherlands and across Europe. From that album, they’ve opted to re-make the album’s lead track, “Remedy”, turning it into a much more psychedelic track with a touch of swampy blues, roots-rock, and funk. It’s a deliriously awesome single that will have your head spinning.
MY BABY are Cato van Dyck (bass, vocals); Joost (Sheik) van Dyck (drums); and Daniel (Da Freez) Johnston (guitar).
Novo Amor – “Anchor” (somewhere in the United Kingdom)
If you’re looking for the next Bon Iver / Justin Vernon or Patrick Watson, look no further than Ali Lacey’s project, Novo Amor. He caught the attention of music magazines and blogs last year with his stunning debut EP, Woodgate, NY, (hear it in its entirety here). He followed that up with his spectacular cover of Guns ‘N Roses’ classic, “Welcome to the Jungle”. Last week, he shared arguably his greatest accomplishment, “Anchor”. The song is spectacularly stunning and like an eternal dream, one that stirs every emotion during its most lush points and steals your breath at its zeniths. Remarkable.
The Singles – “Sweet Tooth” (Los Angeles, USA)
Originally from Detroit but now based in Los Angeles, The Singles have been blasting their infectious combination of garage rock and indie pop-rock. Their latest single, “Sweet Tooth”, is another example of the catchy, epic music the trio are creating. It’s melodic yet rapturous. Rocking yet boppy. It tickles with ’70s rockabilly with modern indie rock, much like what Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits, Operators) has created throughout his career. Just one listen might have you saying, “F&*% yeah!”.
The Singles are originally the project of Vincent Frederick (guitar/lead vocals) and Nicky Veltman (drums/back-up vocals) and they’ve added Max Goldman (bass).
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