Do we have a six-pack of great music today on The Matinee January 28th Edition. There’s a shoegaze undertone to many of the songs listed below, but you’ll also find one stunning folk-rocker and an artist experimenting with electronic music in much the same way that a Manchester has done for the past 20 years.
Avante Black – “Imaginary Love” (London, UK)
London-based Avante Black have a chance to be this year’s indie-rock darlings in the same vein that Wolf Alice and Bully were last year. Their new single, “Imaginary Love”, echoes of the former but with a lot more shoegaze. The formula is awesome – a rocker that takes you to the stratosphere. Pretty impressive for a band that has only been a round for a few months.
Avante Black is expected to release their debut album later this year. They will perform their debut gig at The Waiting Room in London on February 9th. Catch them if you can.
Carter Tanton (ft. Sharon Van Etten) – “Twentynine Palms” (Baltimore, USA)
Over the last two years, we have witnessed several former backup singers and supporting musicians breakthrough with fantastic albums. Steve Gunn, a member of Kurt Vile’s supporting band The Violators, blew our minds two years ago with Way Out Weather. Last year, Natalie Prass, who once supported Jenny Lewis, awed us with her balladry and reinterpretation of pop music from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s.Not surprisingly, they were among our favorite albums of 2014 and 2015, respectively. This year, Carter Tanton is set to make waves.
The multi-instrumentalist has worked with the likes of The War on Drugs, Marissa Nadler, Strand of Oaks, and Lower Dens. Now he’s about to release his second proper full-length, Jettison the Valley, and the lead single is “Twentynine Palms”. This tantalizing, folk-rock track, which features Sharon Van Etten on backup vocals, recalls the intimacy and brilliant lyricism of Alberta Cross and the great Van Morrison. Set your calendars for March 4th because that is when Jettison the Valley will be released on via Western Vinyl.
From Apes to Angels – “Perfection” (London & Sheffield, UK)
“I’m only looking for perfection” sings Millie Gaum on “Perfection”, the new single by synth-pop duo From Apes to Angels, but this song is pretty close to it. It tantalizes with its hypnotic new wave sound and lush melodies, which are punctuated by the production and instrumentation of Andrew Brassleay. This second single by the duo is a blend of New Order meets Purity Ring, resulting in one stirring number.
The single will be available for purchase on February 8th. Check their Bandcamp page for details.
KILMANJARO – “14” (Toronto, Canada)
Not too much is known about Toronto-based, electronic producer KILMANJARO, other than that he’s creating some really innovative and expansive music. His style isn’t the electronic that we’ve become accustomed to hearing. So instead of channeling Calvin Harris or SKRILLEX, he’s looked towards a source that may surprise you – Radiohead. His latest single, “14”, personifies the experimental electronic of Radiohead’s King of Limbs and even as early as OK Computer and Amnesiac. “14” is a terrific, mind-bending trip.
Mirror Travel – “Yesca” (Taos, NM, USA)
Last week, Savages released another cathartic and mind-blowing album with Adore Life. Following suit in a similar fashion is Mirror Travel, the three-piece band comprised of Lauren Green, Tiffanie Lanmon, and Meredith Stoner. They’re getting set to release their new album, Cruise Deal, and the lead single is the blistering “Yesca”. A blend of Savages, My Bloody Valentine, and Ty Segall, this shoegaze, garage-rocker pierces one’s soul with the crystalline guitars and Green’s bellowing voice that echoes throughout the track. It is sheer ecstasy.
Cruise Deal drops March 11th via Modern Outsider.
Operators – “Cold Light” (Montreal, Canada)
I think I speak on behalf of everyone at The Revue when I say that I cannot believe we left out Operators from our list of Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. Making us feel more guilty for their omission, the lead track from the band’s forthcoming, debut album, Blue Wave, “Cold Light” is outrageously awesome. With that trademark Dan Boeckner (also known for his work with the now re-united Wolf Parade, Divine Fits, Handsome Furs) electro-rock sound, Operators also add a surprisingly different element – Boeckner adding some shoegaze to spice up the track. There’s even a bit of new wave a la New Order, which could be attributed to talented keyboardist and synth player Devojka. Just wow! Are you excited as we are?
Blue Wave comes out April 1st via Last Gang Records. Operators will be heading out on tour beginning February 17th. Find tour dates here. Sam Brown, who played with Boeckner with Divine Fits and was with New Bomb Turks, rounds out the trio.
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