Another nine songs are on today’s The Matinee September 15th edition. Hopefully this selection will perk up your eyes and pique your interest. We get things started with one of the finest singer-songwriters to arrive on the scene in the past two years.
Julia Jacklin – “Eastwick” (Blue Mountains, Australia)
RIYL: Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Nadia Reid
Even when Julia Jacklin is on the road (she’s somewhere in Slovenia the last time we heard from her), she’s keeping busy. Yes, she has signed to a couple of labels, and her masterful 2016 debut album, Don’t Let The Kids Win, made her an international indie star. However, the twentysomething native from the Blue Mountains region of Australia is still roughing it and hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down. Yesterday, she unveiled her latest gem, “Cold Caller”.
Even though she has become more popular, Jacklin has not deviated from her old-school country-folk-rock sound. “Cold Caller” echoes the classic tones of Patsy Cline and Lucinda Williams, but the modern touches of Angel Olsen and Adrienne Lenker of Big Thief are sprinkled throughout. However, Jacklin’s soothing vocals and storytelling are all her own. This time around she tells the story of a young person becoming a mother and the struggles she has experienced. The song is equally beautifully and devastating, and it reveals just how brilliant of an artist Jacklin already is. By the time she puts away her guitar for good, she’ll be known as one of Australia’s greatest songwriters.
“Cold Caller” is part of a 7″ split single that is out today (September 15th) via Liberation Music and Polyvinyl Recording Co. The other single was the equally sensational “Eastwick”, which she shared back in June.
JuJu – “Patrick” (somewhere in Sicily, Italy)
RIYL: something way better than Santana
Mind blown! This is everything you need to know about “Patrick”, the new single from Sicilian-based outfit JuJu. More on the band in a moment, but we have to get to this song. It is unlike anything you will hear today, tomorrow, a month from now, or even the entire year. It is a tour de force of sound, a sheer wall of epic, sonic explosions. The song blends psychedelic rock, Middle Eastern-inspired rock and folk, Gregorian chanting, and African tribal rhythms. The more you listen to it, the more you will discover something new and surprising. “Patrick” is a treasure trove of wonderful delights, and it’s absolutely exhilarating and amazing.
The meaning of the song, though, might surprise you. As frontman Gioele Valenti tells it:
“‘Patrick’ is an imaginary tale or a metaphor of a human paradigm if you like. It speaks about a fight between members of a band, addressing the venomous stuff you can find in every human agglomeration, including envy, jealousy or negativity. So basically Patrick is, in fact, an asshole.”
No wonder we love this song!
On the band, JuJu is the creation of Valenti, who is with Kraut-psych rockers Lay Llamas and Herself. He established the band a couple of years ago, and last year they released their self-titled debut album, which is available on Bandcamp. Valenti and his four bandmates are now just a week away from delivering their sophomore album, Our Mother Was A Plant, (September 22nd to be exact). Fuzz Club Records will release it, and the LP can be pre-ordered here.
Joining Valenti (vocals/guitar) are Marco Monterosso (guitar), Rodan Di Maria (bass), Vincenzo Schllaci (synth/vocals), and Simone Sfameli (drums/sample).
Kllo – “Nylon” (Melbourne, Australia)
RIYL: London Grammar, Pr0files, Broods
From being an unknown duo to achieving Triple J stardom to becoming one of the hottest indietronica groups around the globe, the last three years have been extremely eventful for Kllo. They’ve released two EPs, toured the globe a couple of times, and celebrated by print and online publications around the world. Now cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam are read to take the next step towards super-stardom when they’re debut album comes out in five weeks. They’ve already released two songs, but the third one is, in our opinion, the best of the bunch.
Unlike the other two songs, “Nylon” is a stripped back stunner. It gives credence to a philosophy we firmly believe in – simplicity can be devastatingly beautiful. The production work takes a back seat to the intimate and stark tones of Lam’s piano work and Kaul’s sultry vocals. Her lyrics are fantastic as she reflects on her vulnerability and weaknesses. “I don’t want to die young”, she repeats, and the meaning of the song’s title becomes fully understood. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous.
The duo’s debut full-length, Backwater, drops October 20th via Ghostly International (North America), Different Recordings (Europe, Japan) & Good Manners Records (AU/NZ, rest of the world). It can be pre-ordered on Bandcamp.
Kllo will be touring in support of the LP beginning October 18th in Chicago. Their tour will stop in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Dates and information are available here.
Leather Girls – “She” (Austin, USA)
RIYL: The Byrds, Black Lips, Night Beats
There is no shortage of psychedelic bands coming out of Austin. So when a psych-rock group from the Live Music Capital of the World catches our attention, they must be doing something right (not to say that we’re psychedelic connoisseurs, but we sure do love a good hazy blazer). The band in question is Leather Girls, who are a throwback to the genre’s glory days – i.e., the ’70s.
They recently released their self-titled debut album (available on Bandcamp), and from it is the stupendous “She”. Warm up your neck muscles, because this number will cause you to violently noodle your head. You might even find yourself bouncing in your seat to the frenetic pace. The storyline is also right out of the decade that brought us Happy Days, and some of you out there might be thinking about the one(s) you once loved and how they got away. If you cannot relate, just enjoy the song, especially the flaming guitar around the 2:08 mark. What a riot! We told you we love hazy blazers.
Leather Girls are Erik Camacho, Mike Garrido, Deborah White, and Dillon Fernandez.
Mu – “Easy” (Vancouver, Canada)
RIYL: Kaleida, Milk & Bone, Prinz George
Summer is not over. Not yet anyway. There is still technically a week left. Even when the leaves start changing colors and the days get shorter, there will be songs like “Easy” that will remind us of sun-filled days spent on the beach or in the car on a long road trip. This is exactly how to experience this dreamy new song from Vancouver-based duo Mu.
The production and synth work and the shallow guitar are slight but exquisite, bubbling in the background to create the summery vibe. The dual harmonies of Francesca Belcourt and Brittney Rand, however, are the showstoppers. Soft, breezy, and innocent, their vocals are the definition of enchantment. All you want to do is huddle close to them and allow their stunning voices slowly sing you to sleep, although with “Easy” you’ll be running along with them in search of adventure, love, and new memories.
A video for the song is also available and can be viewed here.
No Kill – “Eddie Vedder” (Brooklyn, USA)
RIYL: Widowspeak, Belle Mare, Veronica Falls
Everyone at one point wishes they have met Eddie Vedder, the front man for grunge/alt-rock legends Pearl Jam. The guy personifies cool (as a friend of mine who actually met him in Hawaii can confirm). Unfortunately, not too many people have had the opportunity to meet him, and that disappointment is echoed in No Kill‘s new single.
“Eddie Vedder” is a gorgeous peace of dreamgaze. Right from the first lush notes, you are sucked into their beautiful daydream. Jamie Cogar’s voice is stunning, and it possesses the heavenly qualities akin to Molly Hamilton of Widowspeak and Belle Mare’s Amerlia Bushell. As she repeats, “I don’t know Eddie Vedder”, you know exactly why her voice has a slightly mournful quality. Then there is the shoegaze-drenched electric guitar that recalls the ’80s when shoegaze was king and when every kid would be pounding away at their air guitars. Absolutely ravishing.
The song is available on Bandcamp for the bargain-basement price of name your own. No Kill are Jamie Cogar (guitar/drums/vocals) and Andrew Trouwborst (guitar/vocals).
Party Hardly – “Mindchanger” (Leeds, England)
RIYL: The Hunna, Team Picture, SWMRS
With a rambunctious and over-caffeinated noise-pop-rock sound, we seriously doubt Party Hardly act like their band name. They’re probably the complete opposite – four young blokes from Leeds who know how to fire up a crowd and get the party started. Even when they’re not on stage, they’re likely the center of attention. It sure helps to be able to talk about music and awesome songs like “Mindchanger”.
The track starts off quietly, but the subtlety does not last long as the explosive guitars arrive less than thirty seconds into the song. The riffs are addictive, the militaristic drumming is merciless, and the bass line is heavy and awesome. It’s like the perfect party track – that is, until you listen closely to the lyrics. This isn’t a song that is meant to go ballistic, but is actually intended to make all the young folks reconsider their relationships with their parents. “Mindchanger” is told through the eyes of parents and their concern for their children. Nowhere in this song does the band blame the parents for their situation, but quite the opposite. It’s a surprising tale from a band that is far more mature than meets the eyes (note the song’s artwork).
Party Hardly are Tom Barr, Lachlan Banner, Matt Pownall, and Stanley Braddock.
Plastic Flowers – “How Can I” (London, England via Thessaloniki, Greece)
RIYL: Summer Heart / Teen Daze meets Slowdive
Eighteen months ago we featured George Samaras and his project Plastic Flowers for the first time, even though we were familiar with his music. The London-via-Thessaloniki artist shared “Mary (Del)”, which literally was an out-of-this-world experience. He slowly released a few songs since then, but for most of this year he went quiet and off the grid. Now we know why. His third full-length album is just two months away, and on Wednesday he released the LP’s first single. Let’s just say the wait was well worth it.
“How Can I” is dreamgaze perfection. Samaras’ soft vocals are surprisingly enticing, and the start of the song baits you immediately with its summery, chest-swelling vibe. Then unexpectedly the shoegaze guitar arrives, and Samaras plays it with the intensity and ferocity of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. The two occasions when the song goes from dream-pop to full-assault shoegaze are stop-dead-in-your-tracks moments. Samaras has released some great songs, but this is arguably his masterpiece.
Samaras’ debut album, Absent Forever, will be released November 10th via The Native Sound. We cannot wait to hear what else he has in store.
Uncle Wellington – “The code” (Ghent, Belgium)
RIYL: Pumarosa, Samaris, JFDR
Halloween is a little more than six weeks away, so now is about the right time to add some suspense and enchantment. You could chose to decorate your home or watch a creepy movie, but we’ll opt for a song that gets us psychologically into the mood. That song is “The code”, the latest track from Belgium five-piece Uncle Wellington.
Sinister, dark, yet immensely gorgeous, the song is frighteningly delirious – and it’s amazing. The stark production work, the mournful wail of the synths, and the jittery percussion create an astoundingly bleak soundscape. Frontwoman Frie Mechele’s gripping vocals, meanwhile, hover above the dense fog and casts a spell. Her storytelling is magical, akin to the eeriness that permeates an Edgar Allen Poe poem or story. If you missed the lyrics the first time, hit replay. It’s well worth hearing her tale of two people brought together by fate and torn apart by one’s soul-consuming passion.
The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album, The faster I waltz, the better I jive, which is out October 12th.
Uncle Wellington are Frie Mechele, Jonas Bruyneel, Esther Coorevits, Sven Sabbe, and Renaud Debruyne.
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