So Halloween has passed, but it’s not too late to share some mystical and creepy songs, and there are several on The Matinee November 1st edition. There are, of course, new songs that are whimsical, tantalizing, and just awesome.
Cadence Kid – “The Darkness” (Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: Portugal. The Man, Poliça, Inspired & The Sleep
Back in May, we were introduced Cadence Kid, the project of Jason Turbin. Already an established musician and composer within the movie and TV industry, Turbin has decided to take on the music industry. His last single, “Hold On Me”, demonstrated that he could write a catchy pop tune. For his newest song, “The Darkness”, Turbin has returned to the medium that helped him establish his name.
With the assistance of his Grammy Award-winning brother, producer Cassidy Turbin (Beck, Bat for Lashes, Thurston Moore), and vocalist Amber Quintero, Turbin has crafted a stunning, cinematic number with “The Darkness”, which would perfectly fit in a film-noir movie. The production work is stellar with the tempo shifts escalating the song’s drama. Quintero’s sultry vocals add a captivating element to this song, acting like the voice behind the door that encourages you to enter even though you should not. And yet, you do. Such is the powerful of this intense and gripping song. What will Turbin have in store next?
Dan Rico – “Dangerous” (Chicago, USA)
RIYL: Rolling Stones, Foxygen, Diane Coffee
Imagine Mick Jagger in his twenties strutting around on stage while singing “Brown Sugar”, and that’s what you get with Dan Rico. Already making a name for himself within the Chicago music scene, Rico released his debut album Endless Love earlier this year. One of the songs that not only showcaseses his vintage sound but also his inner Mick Jagger is “Dangerous”.
The song has that scintillating rock ‘n roll vibe that only the Stones mastered. And like how Jagger would write songs about the women who took his breath away, Rico similarly offers a tune to the one who stole his heart. How that one person could cause irreparable harm to him if she continued to be not a part of his life. Cool, smooth, and sultry, this song breathes of late-’60s / early-’70s rock and thankfully someone is making us remember its greatness.
EAT FAST – “Public Display Of Affection” (Newcastle, England)
RIYL: Team Picture, METZ, Still Corners
Newcastle-based quartet, EAT FAST, are quickly becoming favorites with us with their fiery brand of psychedelic, scuzz rock. Their newest single, “Public Display Of Affection”, is like a sudden adrenaline rush.
For 210 seconds, the song is unrelenting. A tidal wave of sound fills the air, as the grimy, shoegaze-touched guitars, the frenzied rhythms, and the reverb-drenched vocals collide. All you can do while listening to this song is let loose, jitter around uncontrollably, and rock out. And then spin it again to keep the energy flowing through your body.
EAT FAST are Adam Pearson, Mark Brown, James King, and John Edgar.
Floating Room – “sad god” (Portland, USA)
RIYL: Blouse, Wet
As you listen to Floating Room‘s new single, “sun god”, just close your eyes and meditate. The song is immensely beautiful with the lo-fi instrumentation and frontwoman Maya Stoner’s delicate vocals. As the song progresses, you might find yourself levitating or having a Dr. Strange moment as your astral soul leaves your body.
But don’t let the song fool you. Beneath the gentle soundscape is a fierce story of a lonely heart that weeps quietly in the wee hours of the morning. It is the yearning of a person who seeks the arrival of the new day and for the pain to disappear. We’ve all been there, but we have never heard it put to music as beautifully as this.
“sun god” is from Floating Room’s forthcoming, debut album, s u n l e s s. It arrives November 11th via Good Cheer Records. Pre-order it on the trio’s Bandcamp page. Floating Room are Kyle Bates, Maya Stoner, Alec Van Staveren, and Cyrus Lampton.
Minden – “Sweet, Simple Things” (Portland, USA)
RIYL: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Connan Mockasin, Astronauts, etc.
There are love songs then there are love songs by Portland’s Minden. Over the past year, Minden have established themselves as the bridge between the new-age funk brilliance of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the wittiness of Mac DeMarco and Connan Mockasin. This combination is on full display with “Sweet, Simple Things”.
In many ways, the song is a parody on a lot of hip hop, R&B, soul, and pop songs out there today, specifically those that focus on scoring. In addition, the band is ridiculing the social media obsessed culture, where everything, including an intimate night, must be recorded. So while the music is steamy and sultry, the lyrics are humorous. This is one of the songs that you have to listen to the words to truly appreciate it.
The song is from Minden’s latest album, Sweet, Simple Things, which is available via Hit City U.S.A. Minden are Casey Burge, Candy Sweets Taylor, Evan Houston, Papi Fimbres, and Lia Lavendar.
Ron Gallo – “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me” (Nashville via Philadelphia, USA)
RIYL: Grateful Dead, The Doors, Wolfmother
If you have never seen Ron Gallo and his mates live, you have to. These guys go full-out during the songs, but when it’s finished their stoic reactions are awesome. Their stage presence matches their rock ‘n roll – classic.
Earlier this year, they released their latest EP, RG3. The EP channels some of the great rock ‘n roll bands that graced this earth, but Gallo adds his own wacky tastes. As an example of Gallo’s genius is “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me”. From Gallo’s whirling vocals to the crushing drumming to the great guitar and bass lines (the guitar solo is fantastic), the song is awesome. But Gallo isn’t one of those rockers who is all noise and no substance, as on this track he offers a whimsical but creepy storyline of a woman with whom he fell in love. The subject sounds like the female version of Norman Bates. From the blistering music to the witty songwriting, this is one of those songs that deserves a “F*** Yeah!”
Pick up the RG3 EP on Gallo’s Bandcamp page.
Saint Sister – “Tin Man” (Dublin, Ireland & Belfast, Northern Ireland)
RIYL: Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow, Radical Face
Maybe it’s the time of the year that has resulted in a number of dramatic, cinematic numbers being shared lately. Many, though, rely on expansive soundscapes, but Irish duo Saint Sister take the opposite approach. Building off their haunting EP, Madrid, friends Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre return with another terrific single, which is also their most imaginative.
“Tin Man” is breathtaking. The piano-and-minimalist production combination create an enchanting atmosphere, taking us to a place only imagined in dreams. The highlight, though, is the story. Like how the play Wicked offered a different view of Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, Doherty and MacIntyre focus on the Tin Man. Their reinterpretation is intelligent. Not only does the Tin Man have a heart, but he is given the traits of courage, loyalty, and trust. He is, in this case, a knight in shining armor. Absolutely brilliant.
Wolf People – “Night Witch” (North London, England)
RIYL: Russian Circles, Ozzie Osbourne, Midlake
In less than two weeks, Wolf People‘s highly anticipated, sophomore album (at least in these parts) arrives. They have already shared the sludgy, tremor-folk first single, “Ninth Night”. The second single is more what fans have become accustomed to hearing.
“Night Witch” is spectacular, and it demonstrates the ingenuity behind the North London quartet. The song is simultaneously lush but fierce, resembling what Midlake would sound like if Ozzie Osbourne and Black Sabbath covered them. Frontman Jack Sharp’s vocals are hypnotic. Meanwhile, the shimmering wall of ferocious sound created by the dueling guitars, the wailing bass, and the hammering drums blow your mind, particularly during the song’s bridge and finale. Is this a candidate for song of the year? You know the answer, “F*** yeah!”
Take a peek at the “super-natural” video for the song on YouTube.
Wolf People’s new album, Ruins, drops November 11th on Jagjaguwar. The band is comprised of Jack Sharp (guitar, vocal) Tom Watt (drums) Dan Davies (bass) Joe Hollick (guitar).
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