From alt-folk to experimental electro-pop to electronic pop-rock to straight-up, old-fashion rock, the Matinee November 26 has six new singles to blast this Thanksgiving. The artists featured are from New Zealand, the UK, France, and the US. Let this mini-playlist get you through stuffing the turkey, mashing the potatoes, baking sweet potato pie, or whatever you may be concocting today. Happy Thanksgiving!
Andrew Keoghan (feat. Claire Duncan) – “Stuck In Melodies” (Auckland, New Zealand / Brooklyn, USA)
After a few starts, stops, and re-starts, New Zealand maestro Andrew Keoghan has released the new single from this forthcoming new album, Every Orchid Offering. Supported by NYC-based singer Claire Duncan, “Stuck in Melodies” is a soft and tender electro-pop song that incorporates R&B textures. The interplay between Keoghan and Duncan rekindles memories of one’s first love and the dance that occurs between two interested parties. The final lyrics, “You’re a servant to what’s happening”, perfectly articulates the courting that is happening while the light grooves and the strum of the electric guitar complement the two-step between the two individuals.
“Stuck in Melodies” represents an evolution in sound for Keoghan, who on his brilliant debut Arctic Tales Divide leaned more towards orchestral pop, which was built on Keoghan’s classical training as an opera singer, violinist, and jazz musician.
Hey Bulldog – “Under My Spell” (Manchester, UK)
Hey Bulldog, the project of Rob Manton (guitar, vocals); Matt Parry (bass/vocals); Ben Howarth-Lees (drums), are back with a new single. “Under My Spell” is a blistering rock track that throughout its four-minute duration just blares with infectious guitar riffs and a catchy melody. This is just an old-school rock ‘n roll track, somewhat of a departure from the psychedelic, blues-rock of their previous single, “Making Friends Not Millionaires”. Both tracks, though, demonstrate a young band creating something awesome. The next step for them is to release an album, and hopefully that will be soon.
“Under My Spell” will be released on limited cassette this Friday, November 27th via Blak Hand Records.
Keiandra – “Wanted” (Newcastle/London, UK)
There are songs that are enchanting and then there are songs that transcend the word. Newcastle, UK native Keiandra‘s debut single, “Wanted”, falls in this category. The single by the 18-year old singer-songwriter is a gorgeous alt-folk track that echoes of Marika Hackman and Julia Holter, from its haunting quality to its lush and warm intimacy. Yet there is something a little different, as “Wanted” has hints of the mystical characteristics of Gaelic folk music.
“Wanted” is the title track from Keiandra’s forthcoming debut EP, Empty Palaces, which will be released in early 2016 via Milk Tooth Records.
MONEY – “I’ll Be The Night” (Manchester, UK)
Music is truly wonderful medicine. It’s rare, though, that a song can have the same cathartic powers on both the artist and the listener. “I’ll Be The Night”, the second single from MONEY‘s forthcoming album, is one of those rarities. The expansive alt-folk sound brings you into the Manchester band’s soul, one that longs to seek love and belonging during a gloomy time. The single lyric, “I am a servant of the hour”, perfectly captures the emotions of this stunningly beautiful song. Also hear “You Look Like a Sad Painting on Both Sides of the Sky”, another gorgeous tune.
MONEY’s second album Suicide Songs, will be released on January 29, 2016 via Bella Union.
MY GOLD MASK – “Connect” (Chicago, USA)
In an age where electro-pop bands are becoming a dime a dozen, there are still groups that are creating music that perk your ears and have you repeatedly hitting “replay” on their songs. MY GOLD MASK, the Chicago-based trio, have delivered such a single with “Connect”. A boisterous and visceral track that combines dazzling electro-pop fireworks with explosive electro-rock, “Connect” sounds like the brainchild of a collaboration between Phantogram and Shirley Manson of Garbage. It’s a brilliant track that will leave you in awe of the power of MY GOLD MASK’s music and potential.
“Connect” is the lead single from MY GOLD MASK’s upcoming album, ANXIOUS UTOPIA, which has an ETA of March 4th, 2016. It’ll be released by Moon Sounds Records.
My Gold Mask are Gretta Rochelle (vocals, drums); Jack Armondo (guitar, vocals, synth); and James Andrew (programming, synth, drums).
PANKHABILLI – “Edge Of The Coin” (Paris, France)
We caught wind of PANKHABILLI, the project by Paris-native, Bethel, UK-resident Claire Jacquemard, back in June when she released the P.J. Harvey-esque “Ladder”. She and her band are back with a new track, “Edge of Coin”. It’s a much different song that “Ladder” or any of her previous songs. The track retains the dramatic approach of Jacquemard’s previous efforts, but the pace is picked up on this ’80s-influenced, pop-rock number. There’s a Pat Benatar and Kim Gordon grittiness to the song, where beneath Jacquemard’s lush voice there’s an element of anger and hurt.
With some terrific songs under her belt, let’s hope there’s more music coming from PANKHABILLI and hopefully sooner than five months.
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