Nine songs once again occupy The Matinee ’18 January 26th edition, which has rockers, indie-pop numbers, and innovative electronica. These songs you have to hear to believe. Kicking things off is one of our favorite artists of the past two years.
Annabel Allum – “Beat the Birds” (Guildford, England)
RIYL: Fiona Apple, TORRES, Alanis Morissette
After blowing us away with her All That For What EP, British singer-songwriter Annabel Allum returns with another single that further validates our believe that she could emerge as her generation’s PJ Harvey or Fiona Apple. The rocking “Beat the Birds” reveals all the traits that make the 21-year old Guildford-based artist one to watch – it is bold, fearless, and timely. As the distorted guitars and rhythms hammer hard in the background, Allum unleashes a torrent of biting lyrics that address all the double-crossing pricks and the double standards of society. Despite all this, we awake each day and go through the same crap. Maybe, as Allum cleverly implies, the trick is on us.
The single is out on Killing Moon, who will release Allum’s next EP later this year.
ELD – “Every Girl For Herself” (Gothenburg, Sweden)
RIYL: M83, Balmorhea, Phoria
Sometimes, one just needs to listen to a song to understand its brilliance and beauty. That no set of words can describe how sensational it is, which is the case for ELD‘s single, “Every Girl For Herself”.
Comprised of Gothenburg-based Niels Nankler and London Rönneklev, ELD are still establishing a name for themselves and a social media presence. They’ve adopted the approach, however, of allowing their music to speak for them and allowing people to know about their abilities by word of mouth. With the spectacular “Every Girl For Herself”, people will most definitely hear about them. The song is a mix of the cinematic electronica of M83, the soothing qualities of Balmorhea, and the daydreaming elements of ’80s bands like A-Ha and Flock of Seagulls. The storytelling is even better, as the guest vocals of Måns Jälevik (Her Majesty) and Lovisa Samuelsson tell the tale of beings traveling to a different planet or even galaxy. Yeah, you have to hear to believe it.
High Tropics – “You Never Made It Easy” (Sunshine Coast, Australia)
RIYL: The Belligerents, The Naked Giants, The Strokes
Everyone knows that Australia’s music scene is booming, and it’s overflowing with immensely gifted artists. With the surplus Down Under, it leads to some talented bands being forgotten. High Tropics is one of those groups who have yet to rise above the masses, although for us they’ve been tickling our eardrums for a year since releasing “15 Years”. To us, they have the sound and the songwriting to go very far, and their newest single demonstrates why we believe they can go far.
“You Never Made It Easy” is a hip-shaking, shoulder shimmying pop-rock tune, and it showcases the band’s ability to craft catchy riffs and groovy rhythms. But more than that, their songs are personal and relateable, and on this one Joshua Stewart reveals the slow dissolution of a relationship. There’s no heartbreak, however, in the tune, but rather relief and even a bit of joy that things have come to an end. But hopefully for High Tropics, this is just the beginning. Maybe they need to a cover so they can get on Triple J’s Like a Version so that people can discover their talents, much like how their mates The Belligerents broke out.
Jareth – “Kaleidoscope” (London, England)
RIYL: London Grammar, Dahlia Sleeps, Connie Constance
There’s a new voice in the London music scene, and one that will have people talking about for years to come. Her name is Jareth, who combines the grace and sensuality of Sade and Lauryn Hill with the emotional force of FKA Twigs. In other words, the young Brit is a young woman brimming with talent and is a future star. Her new single, “Kaleidoscope”, has her fantastic vocals at the forefront, as they simmer above the stirring and sultry production work. But more than just a great voice, she displays the maturity of a veteran songwriter, taking us deep inside the mind of a person struggling to see through the fog and the darkness. Struggling to break free from the prison that has been entrapped her.
The song is taken from Jareth’s forthcoming EP, Moonchild, which is expected later this year via new label Moonshot Music.
Kraków Loves Adana – “Rapture” (Hamburg, Germany)
RIYL: Slowdive, Memoryhouse, Land of Talk
There are two things we can count on from Deniz Cicek and Robert Heitmann’s project Kraków Loves Adana – lyrics that will make us question the present day and music that will leave us speechless. With their second album in two years – and fourth overall – just a couple of months away, they share another dazzler with “Rapture”.
Their trademark brooding indie rock remains, yet they’ve slowed things down to a crawl in order to intensify the intimacy. Heitmann exchanges his throbbing guitar for a shoegaze riff that is reminiscent of Slowdive’s Neil Halstead. As the haze starts to fill the air, all ears are on Cicek’s intoxicating voice, who quietly sings, “This is the rapture of my heart / Of my rebel heart”. While the song may sound like a love tune, it’s the silent anthem of a people getting restless and seeking change. It’s the song of a revolution happening, much like how millions of women who made many stand with them as they said #MeToo.
Kraków Loves Adana’s new album, Songs After The Blue, sees the light of day on April 6th via Better Call Rob Records. It’s definitely one we cannot wait to hear.
Moon Loves Honey – “Lonely Day” (Aarhus, Denmark)
RIYL: A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Pia Fraus, Pinkshinyultrablast
Moon Loves Honey has a brand new song, “Lonely Day”. The track is filled with the band’s lovely mix of shoegaze and dream pop. We hear blissful harmonies, jangly guitar, and soothing vocals throughout. We also love their production prowess with a period of sound streaming in and out of ear-shot almost as if the entire track took a dip in the deep end.
We believe “Lonely Day” will be part of Moon Loves Honey’s upcoming debut album. We are loving the track that is reminiscent of a certain love as we hear the chorus proclaim “Thinking ’bout you……”
We are thinking about future dreamy summer days and look forward to more in 2018 from the band.
Moon Loves Honey are Jeppe Dengsø (vocals/guitar), Stine Drejer (vocals/synth), Johan Gudmandsen (bass), and Ludvig Kastberg (percussion).
Nightmare Air – “Who’s Your Lover” (Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: The Stargazer Lilies, Panda Riot, Seasurfers
“Who’s Your Lover” is the newest track from Nightmare Air. It’s shoegaze with a darker spin which reminds a bit of early years from The Cure. Swaan Miller’s vocals effortlessly float across the thick bass lines and distorted guitar. Lyrically, she discusses a recent relationship at a crossroads, as the chorus proclaims “Who’s Your Lover? Tell Me What You Want”.
The band has been creating heavy hitting shoegaze tracks for the past few years. The trio continue to create a sound that has a bit of a 90s nostalgia influence yet with their own modern spin on the genre. Their overall sound is a nice blend of shoegaze and post-punk.
Nightmare Air’s new album, Fade Out, will be released by Nevado Music on March 2nd. The band is comprised of Swaan Miller, Dave Dupuis, and Jimmy Lucido.
The band will be supporting Gary Numan on the UK leg of his upcoming tour.
Penguin Prison – “Keep Coming Alive” (New York City, USA)
RIYL: Goldroom, Miami Horror, St. Lucia
Penguin Prison is Christopher Glover, and he has a new track titled, “Keep Coming Alive”. The tune has a completely addicting beat and a positive life mantra as the lyrics proclaim “keep coming alive even when they try and cut you down to size”. This would be the perfect track to spin for the upcoming summer season, either on a nice road trip or chilled out day near the lake or beach.
Mr Glover shares about his motivation behind the track:
“On the night of November 8, 2016 I initially wondered how I could even keep being an artist,” Glover reflects on the writing of the track. “It seemed like making art was trivial at that moment. Upon further reflection I realized that of course the world needs people to make music and film and all kinds of art. It can get very hard to keep coming alive while it seems like the world is trying to cut you down. You have to keep reminding yourself every day.”
“Keep Coming Alive” is off of Penguin Prison’s upcoming EP, Turn It Up which will be out February 9th. There will also be an upcoming tour in support of the new record, and dates can be found here.
Quicksilver Daydream – “Ravens Eye” (Brooklyn, USA)
RIYL: Midlake, Spiritualized, Dr. Dog
Remember the name Adam Lytle and his alter-ego Quicksilver Daydream because he’s resurrecting a dying genre. Specifically, he’s rekindling the magic of psychedelic folk, which has nearly become extinct as bands recreate cookie-cutter Americana. But as his previous single, “Coyote Spirit Child”, showed us, there is still a place for trippy folk music and great storytelling. This combination is repeated on his latest number, “Ravens Eye”.
Besides the cool, groovy rhythms and gnarly guitar riffs, Lytle’s songwriting is the standout. The tale could be from another age of the Game of Thrones saga, where the raven is a woman who comes to us in our dreams. Or it could be the preceding chapter to “Coyote Spirit Child”, where our protagonist is touched by a higher being and given his purpose on this planet. Whatever the case may be, Lytle has done the extraordinary – allowed our imaginations to run wild.
The song is taken from Lytle’s forthcoming EP, A Thousand Shadows, A Single Flame, which is out February 9th.
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