If you’re craving more great new music, then The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 2 offers six additional tunes. Some tunes are like gentle breezes, and others are like a hurricane or an avalanche. As such, each of the songs will fit whatever mood you’re in, so take a listen and get to know these great artists and bands. Afterwards, check out six more tunes with the first half of Tuesday’s The Matinee over here.
Mallee Songs – “Digital Mines” (Melbourne, Australia)
RIYL: Silver Jews, Phosphorescent, Lambchop
It’s always startling to be introduced to a band and learn that they’ve already released multiple albums. The immediate reactions, of course, are, “How have they flown under the radar for so long?” and “How did we not know about them before?” These questions were immediately uttered when learning about Mallee Songs.
From their social media, millions share our naiveté of the Melbourne-based quintet, and that’s a crime. A band this talented, however, should not linger in obscurity for too long, especially after people hear “Digital Mines”. The group’s latest single recalls the gentile indie-rock and Americana blend of Silver Jews and Phosphorescent. The smooth guitar lines, the feathery percussion, the heart-pulling bass line, and the bright tinges of the piano and horns combine to create an intoxicating and dreamy atmosphere. This place is like Eden, and we’ve been taken to a heavenly place. Awaiting us is front man Michael Skinner and his stunning and light vocals, and he tells us to run. To run away from the digital world that has imprisoned us and caused our bodies and minds to decay. The storyline is really brilliant.
Michael Skinner, Gerard Smith, Pascal Babare, James Allen, and Casey Hartnett are Mallee Songs. Their third album, Suburban Horse, is out this Friday, October 26th via Dusky Tracks.
Money & The Man – “Just Like The Sun” (Zwolle, Netherlands)
RIYL: Royal Blood, Drenge, Highly Suspect
If you like your rock music to be gritty, bluesy, and of the garage variety then point your ears in the direction of the Netherlands and get to know Money & The Man. The project of Henk Wesselink (guitar/vocals) and Ymte Koekkoek (drums/vocals) is the Dutch equivalent of Royal Blood and Drenge; in other words, music that will get you slamming your head and pumping your fists. Take for instance their newest single, “Just Like The Sun”.
The song is smartly methodical, gradually bringing us inside the duo’s world and Wesselink’s story about the underdog against the world. As overdriven guitar intensifies and the drumming becomes more thunderous, he hollers, “I want to be, I want to be just like the sun and find my purpose out in this universe“. This might be Wesselink’s mantra, but it is one to which most of us can relate. These are words that we all want to fulfill, and now we have an anthem to lead the charge.
Money & The Man’s self-titled debut album drops November 16th via TCBYML. It should be explosive.
Monica Martin – “Cruel” (Los Angeles via Madison, WI and Chicago, USA)
RIYL: Lianne de Havas, Kaia Kater, PHOX
As a member of the excellent Americana band PHOX, Monica Martin quickly developed a reputation as being one of the most imposing front woman in music. Imposing in the sense that she had a presence when she took the stage with all eyes fixated on her and her soft yet smokey voice. When the band announced they were taking an indefinite hiatus in 2016, Martin quickly lent her voice to other projects, and this led to clues that her solo debut would be coming soon. Finally, late last week, she unveiled her debut single, “Cruel”.
The song is everything one would expect from Martin. It is simple in its orchestration, but simply stunning in its execution. The light, off-kilter pop lullaby is beautiful and engrossing, and its feathery approach allows Martin’s gorgeous voice and storyline to shine. She tells the tale of a person who is unable to leave a relationship despite the incompatibility between the two people. Some of her lyrics strike straight to heart, such as:
“You’re my lover or my obligation?
I’ll hold you crying in this station
When you’re the one who said there’s no expectation.”
This single and Martin’s debut EP, which is expected in the first quarter of 2019, are under the watchful eye of Republic Records.
The Ninth Wave – “A Wave Goodbye to the People Who Said I’d Win” (Glasgow, Scotland)
RIYL: Iceage, Eagulls, The Cure
Back in April, we commented that The Ninth Wave could one day be recognized as this generation’s The Cure or even Joy Division, as their Never Crave Attention EP displayed their Goth-punk formula. The Scottish outfit led by co-lead vocalists Haydn Park-Patterson (guitar) and Millie Kidd (bass) and includes Louise MacLennan (synths) and Lewis Tollan (drums), however, aren’t ready to pack their instruments away and bid slán to 2018. Instead, they are about to release their second EP of the year in FLESCH, which will be released via Distiller Records on November 9. Unsurprisingly, the record includes spine-tingling numbers like “A Wave Goodbye to the People Who Said I’d Win”.
The track is a brilliantly dark and anthemic number that merges the Gothic tones of The Cure with the brooding booms of Iceage and Eagulls. MacLennan’s searing synths, in particular, take the track to bleaker yet more exhilarating levels, as they pierce through Park-Patterson’s grizzled guitar and the pounding rhythms of Kidd and Tollan. In other words, she brings the track out of the graveyard and on to a ghoulish disco floor. In this environment, our future is determined. As Park-Patterson’s Robert Smith-esque vocals recounts, “The last dance could be with any other / A last glance of what could have been if you had known what other people had said”. In the end, our purpose is decided, and we bid farewell to the people who tainted our realities.
Pom Poko – “My Blood” (Trondheim, Norway)
RIYL: Deerhoof, Superorganism, Of Montreal
Is it too early to say that Pom Poko are one of Scandinavia’s great bands – if not the best – even though they have yet to release a full-length album? We don’t think so, especially since they have already become staples of festivals around Europe and have amassed a cult following. They’re like Deerhoof, Superorganism, and Rubblebucket rolled into one manic outfit, which means music that is outrageously fun and refreshingly inventive. Their latest single is more of the same.
Limber up your limbs because “My Blood” will have your arms and legs moving all over the place. It’s quirky, it’s wild, and it’s an adrenaline rush of the Red Bull order. The guitar moves east to west while the rhythms go north and south. Front woman Ragnhild Fangel’s voice, meanwhile, swirls all over the place, and her varied tones and intensity mirrors her lyrics about letting your body free. To let your body go and feel whatever you want.
Pom Poko are Ragnhild Fangel (vocals), Martin Miguel Tonne (guitar), Jonas Krøvel (bass), and Ola Djupvik (drums). Their debut album, Birthday, drops February 22nd, 2019 via Bella Union. Pre-orders are available here.
Rodes Rollins – “Mystery Man” (Los Angeles via Boulder, CO, USA)
RIYL: Juanita Stein, Ali Beletic, Nadine Shah
Before Halloween arrives, the full moon will make an appearance tomorrow night, so the werewolves, goblins, and other creatures of the netherworld will reveal themselves earlier. The full moon, though, also plays tricks on us, humans, where bizarre things tend to happen. Such strangeness and eeriness are revealed on “Mystery Man“, which is one of two new songs released by Talia Taxman – a.k.a. Rodes Rollins.
Musically, alt-folk, Americana, neo-psychedelia, and gypsy influences are merged together to create a haunting and mysterious soundscape, which would be perfectly placed in a haunted house. As the music sends goosebumps up and down your arms, Taxman weaves a tale of a man seeking vengeance. He travels across the country and finds the man he intends to kill. But something unexpected happens.
You’re no forsaken man.
Hold a gun to his head,
But you won’t shoot him dead.”
Hmm… the storyline sounds like one Tarantino could borrow for a future film or be a part of a murder-mystery dinner you might host on October 31st.
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