The Matinee ’18 October 15th – Part 2 edition also features a diverse selection of new music. Five of the six artists/bands have been featured before while one newcomer will undoubtedly be a fixture on our daily mini-playlists. Get ready to dance, sing at the top of your lungs, and even cry as you spin these tunes.
Afterwards, be sure to visit Part 1 of today’s The Matinee, which can easily be done by clicking here.
Nana Adjoa – “Sometimes Love Is Evil” (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
RIYL: Neneh Cherry, Eliza Shaddad, Tori Amos
In just over a year, Nana Adjoa has emerged as one of the most talked-about artists coming from the Netherlands. The Dutch-Ghanaian singer-songwriter is not a one-trick nor one-genre artist, but she dabbles in multiple genres. She also has a sensational voice that changes with the type of music she plays. It can be raspy, assertive, or, in the case of “Sometimes Love Is Evil”, soothing and mesmerizing.
The song possesses touches of jazz, indie rock, and alternative. It is intimate and dazzling, where everything from the strums of the electric guitar, the deft rhythms, and tickling ivories captivate you. At the forefront, of course, is Adjoa’s beautiful voice, which recounts the many ways in which love governs our every thought and action. Call it an anti-love song or a woman signing the truth, but you’ll agree that it is brilliant. When you listen to the rest of our discography – she’s already released two EP, Down at the Root and Down at the Root (Pt. 2) – you may also agree that she has the potential to be the next Neneh Cherry.
Adjoa’s new EP, A Tale So Familiar, is expected in November.
Rosie Carney – “Orchid” (Downings, Ireland via Hampshire, England)
RIYL: Hope Sandoval, Lisa Hannigan, Chris Isaak
Last month, Rosie Carney released the tender ballad, “Thousand”, which described her mother’s struggles in caring for her grandmother, who has dementia. It is one of the most emotionally crippling and beautiful songs you’ll hear, and it’s one difficult to surpass. The young artist from the little village from Downings, Ireland, however, at a minimum matches “Thousand’s” power on “Orchid”.
Be sure to be seated while hearing this song because it will also buckle knees, leave one gasping for a breath, and cause a few tears to be shed. The orchestration behind her light, feathery voice is filled with sadness, melancholy, and gorgeous wonderment, and it sets the mood for Carney’s incredible songwriting. Her first words are astonishingly vivid yet jaw-dropping for the impact they make.
“My orchid has died.
I left it inside
Away from the sun
When the birds did not come.”
Who is the orchid is unclear, but we can safely assume the person is someone she knows and has loved. The entire song is filled with gorgeous poetry, demonstrating that Carney is one of the finest songwriters alive today. And she’s only 20 years old.
Carney’s long-awaited debut album, Bare, will be released January 25th, 2019 via Akira Records. Remember her name because she will be a star.
ViVii – “Suckerpunch” (Stockholm, Sweden)
RIYL: Lana Del Rey, Hundred Waters, Black Honey
One of the first of half 2019’s OMG moments came from Swedish electro dream-pop trio ViVii when they released “Savant”. It was, as we called it, a dreamy masterpiece. Now what could they do for a follow-up? They simply deliver another stunner.
Like Lana Del Rey performing with Portishead or Hundred Waters, Emil and Caroline Jonsson and Anders Eckeborn send us down the rabbit hole with “Suckerpunch”. It is a dazzlingly, seductive number that sounds like an unexpected rendez-vous at 2 AM. Every note and every tone are pure bliss – from the spellbinding, dissonant guitar to the heart-pounding rhythms to Caroline’s sensual vocals. Despite its gorgeous and intimate approach, this is not a love song nor even a chance encounter. Instead, Caroline unveils the difficult roads she’s traveled and how she’s tried not to stray too far off the path. Yet no matter how straight a line she walks, life hits her with a “suckerpunch”, and she has to start all over again. But for this band, their career has just begun.
The single is out now on Dumont Dumont, who also released ViVii’s debut EP, Savant.
Vök – “Night and Day” (Hafnarfjörður / Akranes, Iceland)
RIYL: BROODS, Oh Wonder, Tove Lo
Iceland has no shortage of great electronic bands, and Vök are one of them. Their past music bridged the glacial ambient-electronica of their homeland with the enchanting and dark indietronica and trip-hop of England. However, as the trio of Margrét Rán (vocals/guitar/keyboard), Andri Már (saxophone/APC), and Einar Stef (drums) prepare for the release of their new album, they’re writing a new chapter and wading into new territory, specifically the genre that bands like BROODS and Oh Wonder have carved out niches.
Like what they’ve done in the past, Vök deliver a memorable, electro-pop stunner with “Night and Day”. It is an intimate and sultry tune that would be perfectly placed in one of London’s finest nightclubs. The synths and beats gently pop to create the shimmering and sensual soundscape. Rán’s vocals are soft and lush, and her lyrics are likewise tantalizing. As she dreamily sings, “And you’ll be mine”, you can do nothing but cave in to her desires and wishes. Come March 2019, you can fully give yourself to Vök because that is when their yet-to-be-titled new album is expected to drop. Nettwerk Records will release it.
WHARVES – “Sooner Or Later” (Lennox Head, Australia)
RIYL: David Bowie, Pulp, Gang of Youths, City Calm Down
Ten days ago, the best Australian band that the world has yet to discover released their new EP, Sooner or Later. We could have written a review on the record, but we’ve shared most of the songs on it already. Yeah, we’re fans because Matthew Collins (vocals/guitar), Mike Watson (guitar), Scott Finch (bass), and Fraser Rojo Perrott (drums) are historians and chameleons, channeling everyone from David Byrne and Talking Heads to Arctic Monkeys and Editors. On the record’s title-track and finale, they channel a couple of the other legends plus two of Australia’s very best.
“Welcome people, staring at the stars from our house of cars”, Collins sings at the very beginning of “Sooner or Later”, and the words immediately bring to mind Pulp’s classic “Common People”. But as the song progresses and builds like one of Gang of Youths’ or City Calm Down’s anthems, it takes on the life of a David Bowie tune. More specifically, it is the sequel to the Starman’s iconic “Heroes”, mimicking the wonderful anthemic, art-rock approach and inspiring message. As the song soars, Collins hollers, “We’ve go to figure it out”, as to challenge us to find the answers to the world’s problems. As to say to us that we are the solutions; we are the heroes.
Head to Bandcamp to pick up Sooner or Later. You won’t regret it.
Wyldest – “Headrush” (London, England)
RIYL: Men I Trust, Portishead, The xx
Some bands leave permanent scars on your psyche, where when you see their name – even after nearly a year without hearing from them – your eyes bulge and your ears perk up. London dream-pop trio Wyldest are one such group. In July 2017, they released their gorgeous EP, Dark Matter, and now they are putting the final touches on their debut album. To give us a taste of what to expect, they have shared the stunning “Headrush”.
Whereas in the past they dazzled, this time around they haunt and mesmerize. The pace is suspenseful and spine-tingling, as the combination of the dissonant guitar and throbbing bass line create the eerie atmosphere. Front woman Zoe Mead’s voice also is distant, but the words she speaks are to herself as she attempts to deal with her fear of the unknown and being unknown. She beautifully sings:
“In amongst the crowd
I’m hiding, I’m hiding, I’m hiding from…
I will not become the shadow.”
Come March 1st, 2019, Mead (vocals/bass/guitar), Mariin Kallikorm (guitar/bass), and Jack Gooderham (drums) will no longer linger in the shadows because on this date their first full-length record, Dream Chaos, unveils itself. Hand In Hive will release it, and pre-orders / pre-saves are available here.
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