The Matinee May 31st is another extended one, featuring 9 new songs because two of them are inseparable. From New Zealand to Denmark, Australia to France, England to the USA, we have some pretty great new songs to start your day.
Captain Casanova – “Futures” (Aarhus, Denmark)
RIYL: Nirvana, Dinosaur, Jr., Pavement
Anyone looking for the next great alt-rock talent should set their sights on Aarhus, Denmark, as there are a wave of rocking bands coming out of the country’s second-largest city, such as Yung, who were featured on yesterday’s Melodic Tonic. Another band making waves is Captain Casanova. The four-piece have already developed reputation as being one of Denmark’s best live acts with their ferocious and energetic performances. In listening to their music, it’s not difficult to understand why. Their new single, “Futures”, is a blistering, intense grunge rocker, and it, alone, explains why Captain Casanova is considered Denmark’s answer to Nirvana.
“Futures” is officially out on June 10th 2016 via Tapetown Records.
Em George – “The Grind” (Sydney, Australia)
RIYL: Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks
If you grew up listening to the intimacy of Joni Mitchell or Stevie Nicks or the brilliance of Fleetwood Mac, you will hear their influence in Aussie newcomer Emily George – or simply Em George. She recently released her self-titled debut, which resonates with the spirit of the ’70s and the Laurel Canyon era. The highlight of the album is the “The Grind”, which is a stunning and spectacular piece of songwriting. Everyone can relate to the story of long nights, long journeys, and the endless search for home.
Gorgeous Bully – “Just Like Before” (Manchester, England)
Something Anorak – “Shake Fist At Sky” (Bristol, England)
RIYL (Gorgeous Bully): Bully, Crystal Stilts, Beach Fossils
RIYL (Something Anorak): Deerhoof, Mac DeMarco, Deerhunter
Released last Friday, May 27th, is the shared, four-track, split 7″ by emerging English indie bands Gorgeous Bully and Something Anorak. The long-time friends and tour companions in similar yet different. Gorgeous Bully’s “Just Like Before” is a near-perfect masterpiece that is simultaneously anthemic and breathtaking. It shows a band that is evolving from a status of “one to watch” to “must-see headliner”. 2016 could be the year that Gorgeous Bully takes this next step.
Meanwhile, Something Anorak’s “Shake Fist At Sky” is near-perfect, mi-fi, psychedelic, bedroom pop, which sucks you in with jangly strums of the guitar and frontman Chris Barrett’s omnipresent vocals. It’s Mac DeMarco fronting Deerhoof, a combination that is simply terrific.
The split 7″ is available via Art is Hard Records
Jay Som – “I Think You’re Alright” (San Francisco, USA)
RIYL: Mitski, Sarah Bethe Nelson, American Wrestlers
There is a bit of a bedroom-pop theme with the last couple of singles, and adding to the list is Melina Duterte‘s beautiful – absolutely gorgeous – new single, “I Think You’re Alright”. Known by her moniker Jay Som, Duterte’s sound is taken right out of the late ’80s and early ’90s with its intimacy and mesmerizing power. Like a magician, Duterte’s reverb-drenched, jangly guitar strums act as the pendulum while her slight and delicate vocals provide the spell, hypnotizing you throughout the 3 minutes and 46 seconds. It’s a crushing love song, one that you will want to play over and over again while lying next to your partner. Or if you are getting married this year, maybe this could your wedding song or played to your partner to tell her, “I love you.”
The is from Jay Som’s upcoming 7″, which is out June 24th on Fat Possum Records.
The Love Dimension – “When Soul Love Begins” (San Francisco, USA)
RIYL: Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Futurebirds
“Zoom!”, those are the words that I often holler when hearing a psychedelic rock song that blisters with the delirious energy of Brian Jonestown Massacre, which is exactly what San Francisco trio The Love Dimension have crafted with “When Soul Love Begins”. Sure, the song has the familiar, twangy guitar line and the dizzying, kaleidoscope sound, but the sense of urgency that Jimmy Dias, Celeste Obomsawin, and Devin Farney have added brings the song to a feverish level.
Pacific Heights – “Breath And Bone (feat. Deanne Krieg)” (Wellington, New Zealand)
RIYL: Phoria, PROGRAMM, Sky Cathedrals
If you are seeking the next great electronic / ambient producer, set your sights on Wellington, New Zealand, where Devin Abrams – a.k.a. Pacific Heights – resides. Last Friday, the emerging producer released his debut album, Stillness, a compilation songs that are glacial, hypnotic, and stunning in their origin. It’s like a spiritual journey, but one that takes you past celestial bodies as oppose to heavenly beings. The one single that captures the cosmic and transcendent feelings of the album is “Breath And Bone”, which features the vocals of Kiwi singer Deanne Kreig. Like a cool breeze felt on the back of the neck, you will feel chills coursing your body with each icy word sung by Kreig and each stunning note and beat are dropped by Abrams. The effects on the song are minimal, but the impact is cosmic.
Pi Ja Ma – “Radio Girl” (Paris via Avignon, France)
RIYL: Best Coast, Cat Power, Lykki Li
A couple of years ago, Pauline De Tarragon participated on the French TV program, La Nouvelle Star”, which is like American Idol and The Voice. She was 17 at the time. She stayed on the program for two months before being passed over, but the experience reinforced the possibility that she could be a music star.
Now 19 years old, De Tarragon under the moniker Pi Ja Ma released her debut single, “Radio Girl”. Unlike many young musicians of the same age, De Tarragon demonstrates that she is not just another pretty voice but a serious, thoughtful, and gifted songwriter. “Radio Girl” appears to be a track that reflects back on her time on La Nouvelle Star and how the sole focus is on becoming a radio star, which often means compromising one’s integrity and values. Fortunately for us, De Tarragon did not win the competition because we get to witness this emerging talent develop her own sound and at her own pace. If “Radio Girl” – which is a spectacular single that has the playfulness of Best Coast coupled with the honest storytelling of Ct Power – is any indication, then we will be witnessing the rise of a star doing it on her terms and her way.
Pi Ja Ma’s debut EP is expected later this year.
White Room – “Think Too Much” (Brighton and Hove, England)
RIYL: Temples, The Byrds, Tame Impala
Forget electro-pop, hip hop, or R&B. We are in the midst of a great era of psychedelia thanks in large part to the work of bands and artists in Australia (e.g., Tame Impala, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard), US (Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees), and the UK (Temples, Eagulls). Following in these great acts’ footsteps is Brighton-based five-piece White Room. After amazing crowds recently at The Great Escape, the band offer “Think Too Much”, which will have music fans from around the world acknowledging their potential. “Think Too Much” echoes Temples’ stuttering approach and euphoric vibe, which will have you strutting side to side on the dance floor to the groovy rhythms. Look out world, here comes White Room, who are comprised of Jake Smallwood (vocals), Jacob Newman (guitar), Tristan Sava (guitar/keys), James Bryman (bass), and Hen Sava (drums).
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