Trying to follow Hollie’s Melodic Tonic can be a task, but I’ll do my best with The Matinee January 19th Edition. Today, hear new music from a couple of artists that we have featured in the past. In addition, there are four emerging acts on the list, each of whom are creating something a little different. Unintentionally, five of the six acts are fronted or co-led by a woman.
Banta – “Someday” (Los Angeles, USA)
Kicking things off today is LA-based Banta with their groovy and fabulously infectious “Someday”. The song has a driving, ’80s pop-rock vibe, giving the feel of one traversing down the abandoned city streets trying to shake the images and memories of an ex-lover. This feeling is reflected in the song’s storyline, as frontwoman and band mastermind Sharaya Mikael vividly expressed her desire to move on.
“Someday” is the lead track from Banta’s debut album, Dark Charms, which drops on February 12th via eOne Music/Fast Plastic. Banta are Mikael (vocals/guitar), Kristin Hardin (vocals), Jon Marcu (drums), Scott Clear (lead guitar), Steve Oh Grohne (bass) and Alathea Reece (keys).
BERRIES – “Lights” (London, UK)
If your first impression is that BERRIES is a sweet-sounding, pop band, think again. This trio from London, UK just released their “official” debut single, “Lights”, and their grungy, guitar-driven rock is reminiscent of another great all-women, three-piece – Sleater-Kinney. With a catchy guitar hook and some terrific melodies to balance the song’s edge, BERRIES have made a grand entrance with this track.
BERRIES are in the process of recording their debut EP. More information to come in the coming weeks. The band is comprised of Holly Carter (guitar/vocals), Lauren Cooper (bass/vocals), and Lucie Hartmann (drums/vocals)
Delaire – “Don’t Move” (London, UK)
We’ve had a soft spot for Delaire since she released her debut single “Belief” last fall. The London-based singer-songwriter is back with another stirring track. Like her first song, “Don’t Move” is a sultry number. But instead of being founded on R&B principles, this song is glittery electro, disco-pop – the type of song that lifts your spirits and makes your body involuntarily move. With each new single she releases, I’m reminded of a young pop singer in the ’90s who came out of nowhere – Paula Abdul. Can Delaire reach similar heights with their infectious pop sound?
Jo Passed – “Lego My Ego” (Vancouver, Canada)
This week, Vancouver’s Jo Passed will release their debut EP, Out. It’s a pretty great album, filled with smooth and breezy neo-psychedelic, dream-pop. If this was made thirty years ago, Jo Passed would likely be considered the second-coming of the Plastic Ono Band – heck, they still could be referred in that way. One of the two singles that has been released is the zany but catchy “Lego My Ego”. Frontman Joseph Hirabayashi’s voice has a touch of Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, but the experimental psych-pop is even beyond the reaches of the great Aussie band and is much closer to the brilliance of the Yoko Ono-led project.
Out comes out January 22nd on Craft Singles.
Kerosene – “Cove” (Barnard Castle, UK)
Little Barnard Castle is probably best known for housing a GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical facility nearby but that could soon change with the arrival of Kerosene. Originally formed in 2013, the six-piece outfit released a great EP, Funeral, last year, which even surprised the band with its success. They’re back in the studio working on new songs for their second EP. Their latest single is the lush and intimate “Cove”, a dazzling orchestral, dream-pop tune that shimmers like the full moon on a cloudless sky.
Kerosene are Caitlin Carr, J Bowes, Tom Saxby, Ella Forster, Ella Blackburn, and Lizzie Knight. Here’s a band that could follow in the footsteps of Daughter and Slowdive.
Misun – “June” (feat. Gil the Kid) (Baltimore, USA)
We’ve exulted about the musical exploits of Baltimore-based Misun on numerous occasions. Whether they’re reinterpreting ’60s surf-rock, ’70s disco-pop, or ’80s synth-pop, every song has a euphoric feeling. Their latest single, “June”, though, is a touch different. It’s still is retro in feeling with its ’80s pop-rock sound, but there is a greater urgency being expressed throughout the song. Misun’s voice is anxious and the music quickly blazes at a pace that match the beat of one’s racing heart.
“June” is part of a special edition, split single that they will release on B3SCI Records.
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