The Matinee March 15th features six awesome songs from a few bands that you might know and others that you ought to know right away. We kick things off with an artist who made a transcontinental move recently.
Amanda Merdzan – “Glow” (London, UK via Perth, Australia)
There’s no question we have a soft spot for young singer-songwriters in the electro-pop realm, particularly those who stun us with their voices and songwriting. Esther Joy Lane, Blonde Maze, and Priest are just a few to name. Amanda Merdzan is another name that impressed us last year when she released the stunning “Matter”. She returns with another terrific single, “Glow”. Beneath the swell of the keys and synths, Merdzan’s delicate voice rises with emotion as she reflects on the events of her past and what awaits for her. It’s a song that anyone who has experienced a major change in their lives will relate to. It’s introspective, reflective, and a dazzling number.
Merdzan is expecting to release more music in the coming weeks and month, and hopefully that means a new album.
Iska Dhaaf – “Lost” (Seattle & Brooklyn, USA)
One of the most exciting outfits in the Pacific Northwest is Iska Dhaaf, the project by Benjamin Verdoes and Nathan Quiroga. As depicted on their latest single, “Lost”, the duo have a talent for creating minimalistic music that is cathartic, hypnotic, and immersive all at once. “Lost” is entrancing, leaving one completely paralyzed when it is all said and done.
“Lost” is the second single from Iska Dhaaf’s forthcoming, debut album, The Wanting Creature. It will be released on May 20th via Brick Lane Records. Hear the equally awesome first single, “Invisible Cities”, on SoundCloud.
Mayflower Madame – “Weightless” (Oslo, Norway)
Norway’s music scene is exploding. A country noted for great folk musicians, post-rock bands, and death metal bands, its indie scene is bulging at the seams with artists like Sondre Lechre and Frøkedal. Another band we’re excited about is Mayflower Madame, who immensely impressed us back in November with “Lovesick”. The quartet are back with another dark psych-rocker in “Weightless”. Between frontman Trond Fagernes’ vocals to the delirious guitars hooks and dreary rhythms, you’re left hypnotized. Fans of The Oblivians should immediately check out this band.
“Weightless” is from Mayflower Madame’s forthcoming, debut album Observed in a Dream. It will be released on April 22nd via their own label Night Cult Records in Europe and Custom Made Music in North America.
Mayflower Madame are Trond Fagernes (vocals, guitar); Rune Øverby (guitar); Petter Gudim Marberg (bass); and Ola Jørgen Kyrkjeeide (drums).
Mermaidens – “Undergrowth” (Wellington, New Zealand)
New Zealand three-piece The Mermaidens have had a terrific 6 weeks. It started off with them opening for Mac DeMarco in Wellington and recently setting the stage for Sleater-Kinney in Auckland. Now, the self-described witch-rock band is getting set to release their debut album this week. The lead single and title track is “Undergrowth”. The song echoes of Savages‘ debut album, having the same eerie, bone-chilling yet mesmerizing effect on the listener. Having heard a few of the band’s earlier singles, it’s safe to say The Mermaidens will start growing a fanbase well outside of Aotorea.
Undgrowth officially drops this Friday, March 19th.
Phantastic Ferniture – “Gap Year” (Sydney, Australia)
Last week, we shared Julia Jacklin’s solo debut single, “Pool Party”. Before going out solo, she has been a member of Sydney-based, four-piece, Phantastic Ferniture. They’ve only released a few singles, but each one is pretty spectacular. Their most recent single, “Gap Year”, is a driving, pop-rock number that is one part Blondie and another part Warpaint. From the opening chords and throbbing rhythms to the first words spoken by Jacklin, you are tantalized by this track.
Hopefully Phantastic Ferniture will be around a little while longer because they have a great thing going on.
Phantastic Ferniture are Ryan K Brennan (drums), Tom Stephens (bass), Liz Hughes (guitar), and Julia Jacklin (vocals).
Quiet Life – “Lost In The Light” (Portland, USA)
If you’re a fan of Wilco, Son Volt, or Dr. Dog, Quiet Life is a band for you. Their melodic Americana / alt-country is toe-tapping, body-swaying, easy-on-the-ears music. Their new single, “Lost In The Light”, has a Wilco-vibe, although the dual harmonies are more akin to Futurebirds. While Quiet Life have a decent-sized following, this song and their forthcoming album, Foggy (April 8th via Strange Light Records), could see them become Americana’s next must-see band.
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