Music, Singles, The Revue — November 9, 2015 at 7:45 am

Melodic Tonic, vol. 24


Another Monday and another serving of new music singlesthat are all over the place, genre-wise. (Variety is the spice of life, right?) Let’s ease into this week with a chill electronic tune before launching into the foot-tappin’ ones. Here’s the Melodic Tonic.


KALEIDA – “Detune” (London, UK)

London-based duo KALEIDA have had quite a stellar year: in April they released their debut EP, Think, which included a song featured in the film John Wick. (We shared two tracks from that release as Hidden Gems back in May.) This summer they toured as support for Alt-J, MS MR, and Róisín Murphy. Last week they released a gorgeous new single that is lush and euphoric with a flirtatious dark side. If “Detune” is your first introduction to the incredible vocals of Christina Wood and Cicely Goulder, prepare to be seduced by their elegantly understated electronic sound.

Stay tuned for details about their next full release. Until then, their EP is available on Lex RecordsAmazon, and iTunes.

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Eleanor Friedberger – “False Alphabet City” (New York City, USA)

It’s been two years since Eleanor Friedberger’s last release, Personal Record. This fun, upbeat single from the Fiery Furnaces singer is from her upcoming third album, New View. She rehearsed it in Los Angeles and recorded it live-to-tape in upstate New York with her backing band, Icewater. The album is due out January 22, her first release on New York City independent label Frenchkiss Records.

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Radical Face – “Servants and Kings” (Jacksonville, USA)

Ben Cooper, the voice of Jacksonville, Florida band Radical Face, has a Southern gothic theme going on in his works. His Family Tree trilogy of albums The Roots and The Branches will be complete next year when he finishes The Leaves. To keep fans happy during the wait, he’s released a compilation of sorts, The Bastards Vol. 4. It features all of the songs from the previous Bastards albums plus two previously unreleased tracks, including this one. It’s pure indie folk goodness with rich layers of guitar and percussion that reveal added nuance with each listen. It’s the kind of music that will keep you warm on cool autumn nights.

Radical Face is currently on a European tour through November 20. The EP came out last Friday on Nettwerk Music and is available for download from NoiseTrade.

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Mount Moriah – “Cardinal Cross” (Durham & Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA)

We didn’t plan to have a theme of “singles that precede the artist’s upcoming 2016 album” this week, but that’s how it’s shaping up. Another band doing just that is North Carolina-based indie folk-rock group Mount Moriah. The band’s third album, How to Dance, comes out next February. Since they didn’t want to keep their fans waiting much longer, last month they dropped this new single. (This is in addition to the three-song EP, Calvander, which came out in October on Merge Records.)

Lead singer Heather McEntire shows restraint on this single, almost as a deliberate tease of the vocal strength she normally reveals. “Are you the woman you wanted to be?” she sings, against a backdrop of horns and jangly guitar hooks. It’s a rhetorical question, since it seems McEntire is exactly who she wants to be and is as confident as ever.

How to Dance is available for pre-order from the band’s website.

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Night Beats – “Sunday Mourning” (Seattle, USA)

If you thought Night Beats are a British band, you’d be forgiven for that assumption. After all, they do have a psych-rock vibe that sounds like they’d grown up listening to Led Zeppelin. But no, despite sonic similarities to psychedelic ‘70s-era bands, they’re actually a Seattle-based trio who have been together since 2009. Granted, they have toured with the likes of The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Zombies, and The Black Angels, so it’s possible those groups could have had a slight influence on them. But it’s unlikely, because the strength of “Sunday Mourning” is the authenticity of its unadulterated grittiness. This single has plenty of red-blooded American rock & roll backbone that proves these guys aren’t standing in anybody’s shadow.

Their upcoming third album, Who Sold Our Generation, releases January 29 on Heavenly Recordings. The band is scheduled for a full European tour during January and February.

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