Take a mini mid-week holiday with the Melodic Tonic ’18 July 18th edition. From Seattle to Scotland and Switzerland, today’s playlist offers plenty of sonic variety. We kick things off with the latest from one of indie music’s most powerful groups.
The Twilight Sad – “I/m Not Here [missing face]” (Kilsyth, Scotland)
RIYL: The Cure, Mogwai, Editors, Interpol
The long wait for new music from The Twilight Sad is over. Last week the Scottish dark indie rockers shared “I/m Not Here [missing face]”, the first we’ve heard from them since their 2014 LP, Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. The wait was well worth it as this tune is stunning.
The band are at the height of their career here. Frontman James Graham still wields his powerhouse vocals like a weapon – softly foreboding one moment and soaring the next – only now the band offer additional sonic strength and speed. The driving percussion from new drummer Sebastien Schultz matches the dense wall of sound from guitarist Andy McFarlane and it’s pure brilliance.
The Twilight Sad are: James Graham (vocals), Andy McFarlane (guitar), Johnny Docherty (bass), Brendan Smith (keys), and Sebastien Schultz (drums).
Marquise – “Nouvel An sur Mars” (Lausanne, Switzerland)
RIYL: The Dø, TT, Chromeo
One thing we love here at The Revue is to share new music from unexpected places. This week that location is Lausanne, Switzerland. Lake Geneva is not usually known as a hotbed of indie music, but emerging synth-pop trio Marquise could change that. Their single “Novel An our Mars” is a euphoric, high-energy experience sure to appeal to a broad audience.
Throughout the song’s three-plus minutes, vocalist Estelle Sinikka Schaller electrifies listeners with her vocals. Meanwhile the disco grooves from her colleagues Romain and Mathieu remind you of Daft Punk and Chromeo.
The music we share is usually from English-speaking artists. However, songs that are this delicious and groovy transcend language barriers. Get to know Marquise now. Their music beckons you to try something new (“On reprend à zero / une nouvelle vie / une expérience) and delivers danceable rewards to all who listen.
This single is available now on Bandcamp. The band’s EP is due in late September.
Wild Nothing – “Partners in Motion” (Blacksburg, Virginia USA)
RIYL: DIIV, Hibou, Washed Out
We have used the term “multi-faceted” to describe the music of Wild Nothing in the past because, well, it fits. You cannot slap one specific genre label on Jack Tatum’s project due to his refusal to color inside the lines of defined sub-genres. Dude simply doesn’t work like that. This, of course, is great news to fans who now find the latest Wild Nothing tune stuck in their heads.
The watercolor synths and sizzling sax of “Partners in Motion” transport you to another era – specifically, to the days of Miami Vice and sherbet-colored linen suits. You are immediately drawn into the layers of vintage sounds that swirl around you. This is Wild Nothing, so those layers are dense and swoon-inducing. It’s the ideal song for a mid-week mental vacation. So close your eyes, grab your headphones and prepare to lose yourself in these lush tones.
Honyock – “Heather” (Sacramento, USA)
RIYL: Father John Misty, Wilco, BNQT
Warm sunset vibrance washes over every note of “Heather” from California indie rockers Honyock. This song’s retro-hued tones evoke the ‘70s-era AM radio (much like indie supergroup BNQT) but with modern freshness that’s more on par with late-‘90s Wilco. Between the rich vocals and woozy backing harmonies, you find yourself revisiting those wistful melancholy emotions of your youth. Once you focus on the lyrics about an unfulfilled love interest, you realize you are now engrossed in Honyock’s sound. You want more of this mellow goodness.
“Heather” feels inspired either by the movie Almost Famous or maybe a twilight drive up the California coast. When you want to glance in the rearview mirror of your life, Honyock provides the perfect soundtrack.
Honyock is Spencer Hoffman, Mason Hoffman, Tyler Wolter, and Christian “Sunshine” Meinke, with additional support on this track from Geoffrey Knecht (horns), Maddy Smith (acoustic guitar), and Frank Lenz (percussion).
Saintseneca – “Ladder to the Sun” (Columbus, USA)
RIYL: Clem Snide, David Bazan, Pete Yorn
Americana folk-rock outfit Saintseneca have a knack for creating jangly tunes that stick with you. Founder and lead singer Zac Little proves once again why he’s a low-key songwriting genius on the band’s new “Ladder to the Sun” single. It’s from the Ohio-based band’s fourth album, Pillar of Na, that’s due next month.
From the first notes, Little reveals a story with biblical parallels. The title loosely alludes to the tale of Lot’s wife who was turned into a pillar of salt. However, the song’s infectious pop riffs convey anything but hellfire and brimstone. Sure, the video shows Little chasing a glowing ladder to help him reach new heights, but he’s not the one escaping. No, that benefit goes to the listener whose mood and spirit are elevated upon hearing this gem.
Their autumn tour kicks off August 25 in Ohio and includes a string of European dates in late November/early December.
Saintseneca are Zac Little, Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek, Jon Meador, and Matt O’Conke.
Dude York – “What Would You Do If You Had Some Money Now?” (Seattle, USA)
RIYL: Diet Cig, The Regrettes, Tacocat
Make some room on your “Songs of Summer 2018” playlist: you’ll want to add Dude York’s newest single, “What Would You Do If You Had Some Money Now?” The band pairs razor-sharp lyrics with infectious melodies, making this an instant indie classic. Whether you’re long past your salad days or are still bill-sharing with multiple roommates, this song is both catchy and relatable. Frontman Peter Richards sings about “sneaking out through the basement door” when the rent is due before asking the title question repeatedly. That chorus might have you pondering an answer.
If you ask most people what they would do with a sudden cash infusion, some may choose a holiday (or maybe emigrating to a country not ruled by a fascist puppet). But you can’t go wrong with concert tickets to see Dude York in action. If you loved the “220 seconds of chest-pounding indie rock” of their “Moon” single we shared back in May, then you owe it to yourself to go see these guys. Fans in the Pacific Northwest can catch Dude York at this weekend’s Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle.
Dude York are: Peter Richards (guitar/vocals), Claire England (bass/vocals), and Andrew Hall (drums).
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