Another ten cool, new tunes occupy The Matinee September 27th edition. Scroll down for the latest single by one of 2014’s top bands, who announced a new album. But first, The Matinee commences with a song by one of the most mysterious artists in the industry.
Aloric – “Fate” (London, England)
RIYL: really incomparable but if pressed Keaton Henson, Thom Yorke, Phoria
Not only is the person behind Aloric mysterious, but s/he (we think Aloric is a he) is elusive. Only family and close friends know who this talented singer-songwriter is. For over a year, Aloric has blown us away, from the majesty of “Who?” to the brilliant cover of Prince’s “When Doves Cry”. Now Aloric offers something different – a song that can only be described as electronic-orchestral-acoustic-folk.
“Fate” sounds hymnal at first, but that slowly changes. The song slowly builds until the collision of the string section, the raging electric guitar, and dramatic percussion turns this solemn tune into a cinematic wonderland. Aloric’s vocals, though, as always stand out. Aloric has one of the most unique and beautiful voices in all of music, and on “Fate” it reaches a whole new level. The song, like fate, requires patience, but the reward is breathtaking and memorable.
Download this gorgeous song for free on Aloric’s Bandcamp page.
Bad Sea – “Solid Air” (Dublin, Ireland)
RIYL: Sixpence None The Richer, Tennis, Oh Pep!
As autumn settles in and the weather gets cooler and more inclement, we all could use a bit of music that feels like a warm blanket. Songs that make us want to snuggle closely with a loved one or with our trusty, old sweater while taking us away to another land. Bad Sea‘s debut single does all these things.
Recalling the catchy intimacy of Sixpence None The Richer and the alt-pop of Tennis, “Solid Air” is an infectious affair. It is a sneaky song, as the intro is a little oft-kilter. But once it settles in to its shimmering groove and melodies and Ciara Thompson’s innocent vocals commence, you will find yourself unexpectedly swaying from side to side. “Solid Air” would be a terrific song for any established band, but this is Thompson and Alan Farrell’s first single and it is outstanding. Thank goodness for the Tinder dating app, which brought the two together. Love didn’t transpire between the two, but they have given us one big reason to love them.
BOUQUET – “All Living Rooms” (Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: Pure Bathing Culture, Widowspeak, Belle Mare
Despite it being autumn, there is always room for music that makes you think of warmer days and coastline drives. Music that makes you take a deep breath, close your eyes, and leave you feeling exhilarated. This is how BOUQUET‘s debut single will leave you.
“All Living Rooms” is a gorgeous, intimate number. The soundscape is both stark and beautiful, lifted by the dissonant guitar, the slight touches of the keyboard, and a surprisingly immaculate drum machine. The dual harmonies of Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs and Max Foreman, however, are the highlights. Their vocals are soothing and graceful, giving the feeling that they are singing to us in their living room.
While “All Living Rooms” is the duo’s debut single, the two have long worked in music. Riggs provided the musical score of a Cartoon Network short, and Foreman is a composer and music professor. They are essentially known musicians within the industry, but still relatively unknown outside it. That will change quickly as “All Living Rooms” will be on a future episode of the landmark series Transparent. The single will also be on BOUQUET’s first LP, SPELLBREAKER.
The Jim Mitchells – “You Unfollow Me” (Sydney, Australia)
RIYL: Morgan Delt, GOASTT, Ty Segall
Australia may not have invented psych-rock, but it sure has perfected. Another band helping to take the genre to new heights are The Jim Mitchells, which, not surprisingly, is the project led by Jim Mitchell. While most try to replicate the zany and outrageous sound of Tame Impala and POND, Mitchell has instead opted for the guitar-driven soundscapes of the ’70s.
His first single is “You Unfollow Me”, and it is pure psychedelia. The song is simultaneously groovy, catchy, and trippy. It’s like a trip down memory lane when the most important things in a song were the instrumentation and the smooth vocals. Despite the classic approach, the storyline is contemporary, as Mitchell critiques people’s obsession with social media.
“You Unfollow Me” is from The Jim Mitchells’ debut EP, PLANET ABSORBED, which is out now on Third Eye Stimuli Records.
Kyle Morton of Typhoon – “Survivalist Fantasy” (Portland, USA)
RIYL: Sufjan Stevens, Kevin Morby, Neil Young
Indie collective Typhoon have become synonymous with creativity. They are essentially the past decade’s version of Broken Social Scene with their constantly changing membership and wide-ranging sound. And like the great Canadian band, there are side projects. The latest one sees Typhoon’s lead singer, Kyle Morton, embarking on a solo career.
The lead single from his debut album is “Survivalist Fantasy”. The song is folk-rock perfection. Morton’s vocals are warm and intimate. The balance between the acoustic guitar, keys, and rhythms is masterful. The songwriting is superb, as the track is one part a personal affair and another part a political statement. Sounds like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez rolled up into one talented musician.
“Survivalist Fantasy” appears on What Will Destroy You, the debut album from Typhoon’s lead singer Kyle Morton
Lupa J – “Game” (Sydney, Australia)
RIYL: The xx, Daughter, Laura Marling
Some individuals are just born to be great. Immensely gifted young people whom undoubtedly earn the label of protégé. Imogen Jones is one of these talents.
A classically trained violinist, Jones took her turn at songwriting and electronic production at more than three years ago. Her first singles caught the ears of music writers in Europe and the US with The Wild Honey Pie calling her a “music genius”. She was 15 years old at the time. Now 18, Jones has released her sophomore EP, My Right Name. From it is the second single, “Game”.
The song encapsulates the multifaceted sides of Jones. The production work is stunning and hypnotic, akin to the brooding soundscapes of The xx. The incorporation of strings adds a dramatic and haunting vibe that furthers draws you, similar to the captivating power of Laura Marling. Her vocals, meanwhile, have that rare sultry yet crippling tone a la Daughter’s Elena Tonra. The song is simply spectacular. The rest of the EP, for that matter, is pretty special by a young artist who has only scratched the surface of her potential. Stardom is inevitable for Jones.
Residuels – “Hurricane” (Philadelphia, USA)
RIYL: ESTRONS, Alice in Chains, Chaika
There are rock band and then there are ROCK BANDS! Philadelphia three-piece Residuels definitely fall in the latter category. This is a group whose sole intention is to melt your face with a raucous, frenetic approach. Their single, “Hurricane”, is the perfect example of their sound. The song throbs with heavy, tribal-like drums and a chest-pounding bassline. Meanwhile, the fuzzed-out guitar blares in the foreground and the solo in the middle of the track is hair-raising. The vocals are menacing, yet the band rein them in with some great production work. Too many bands would have the howling upfront, but Residuels masterfully integrate the crushing vocals with the instrumentation. The song is just awesome. If it was an actual storm, “Hurricane” would be a category five.
Temples – “Certainty” (Kettering, England)
RIYL: Tame Impala, The Beatles, Plastic Ono Band
In 2014, English quartet Temples exploded on the scene with Sun Structures. Their debut was named to numerous “Best Of” and “Favorite” lists, including our own, and the band is back with an exciting new single.
“Certainty” is an ambitious single. While there are some similarities to Temples’ neo-psychedelic approach heard on their debut, the song is deeply layered and multi-faceted. On the one hand, a whimsical, circus melody kicks off the single and stays in the background throughout the song. On the other hand, there is a dark, sinister undertone, like a dark shadow that hovers in broad daylight. The approach is reminiscent of The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers’ Lonely Hearts Club Band. For that matter, since their debut, Temples have been operating in a parallel universe from everyone else. Will they continue to explore new galaxies in the future? We’ll find out soon as a new album is in the works (more information to come).
Temples are James Bagshaw (vocals, guitar), Tom Warmsley (bass, backing vocals), Sam Toms (drums), and Adam Smith (keys)
TENDER – “Violence” (North London, England)
RIYL: Maribou State, Mt. Wolf, Neon Indian
There are a handful of electronic groups of whom we have become immense fans. TENDER, the project of Daniel Cobb and James Stephen Cullen, are one of them. Their new single, “Violence”, demonstrates everything we like about the duo. The song is sultry and mesmerizing. It is cool and yet cinematic. While the production work is minimalist, the song is rich and complex, as it is filled with different layers. But what makes TENDER stand out from the rest is that Cobb and Cullen write terrific songs. Many electronic groups rely on repetition as a way to introduce more bass, but these two North London residents create additional depth with their cunning lyrics and Cobb’s stunning vocals.
Evidently, we are not the only one who feel this away about TENDER. The duo recently signed with Partisan Records, who will be releasing their forthcoming EP, III. The record arrives November 4th.
Tuvaband – “(It’s Not About) Running” (Oslo, Norway)
RIYL: Marika Hackman, Meadowlark, Sinead O’Connor
There has been a lot of written about the music coming out of Norway over the past two weeks. For our part, at least two Norwegian artists are featured weekly. More evidence of the Scandinavian country’s burgeoning music scene is the arrival of Tuvaband.
Originally started off as the bedroom project of Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser, the group has now expanded to include multi-instrumentalist Simon Would. The duo released two songs late last week, one of which is “(It’s Not About) Running”. The song is minimalist with just Marschhäuser’s stunning vocals and Would’s dissonant guitars. The combination yields a product that is intimate, haunting, and absolutely enchanting. The song is like a fairy tale, where for a brief moment you got lost in this beautiful world created by this young Norwegian duo.
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