Music, Singles, The Revue — October 25, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Matinee ’18 October 25th

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Another nine songs occupy The Matinee ’18 October 25th edition. The descriptions are leaner again today, but this just gives you more time to enjoy the great music.

Aadae – “Carousel Horses” (London, England via Nigeria)

RIYL: Erykah Badu, Sade, Tash Sultana

More than a year-and-a-half ago, Nigerian-born, London-based singer-songwriter Aadae left us mesmerized with her debut single, “River of Tears”. Since then, she has released only a couple of more songs, as she gradually builds her portfolio. Each one, though, has been equally as tantalizing as the first, and “Carousel Horses” is no different.

Like a young Erykah Badu or when Tash Sultana first came into the forefront of the Australian indie scene, Aadae brilliantly combines influences from across the world. Sade-era Brit-pop filters through the track to give it a sultry vibe, and it is mixed with the breezy, sweltering Afro-pop grooves and atmospherics. Through it all is Aadae’s vulnerable voice, which explains how we continue to chase our tails and allow the wounds of our past to continue to affect us in the present. Her songwriting is poetic and poignant.

“Reaching for something that isn’t there.
I am full of worry but out of care.
Although the lights are on, can’t say that I’m home, though.
These walls just box me in.”

It won’t be long before every person in the UK knows Aadae’s name. Here’s hoping it happens soon.

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Cathedral Bells – “A Passing Phase” (Orlando, USA)

RIYL: Wild Nothing, Craft Spells, The Cure

Chilly autumn weather calls for music that feels a little bit like summer. Fortunately for all of us, Orlando-based singer-songwriter Matthew Messore is bringing some of Florida’s heat through his bedroom project, Cathedral Bells, and his new single, “A Passing Phase”.

With the dreamy, infectious, surf-rock vibes of a young Wild Nothing with a dash of The Cure (listen to the awesome bass line), “A Passing Phase” is just what the meteorologist ordered. The jangly guitar lines and the shoulder-shimmying rhythms are smile-inducing, while Messore’s lithe vocals create a hazy spell. His words, though, indicate the opposite of dreaminess, but instead he struggles with the idea of returning home to start all over again and the potential for isolation. However, maybe Messore will find a bit of optimism and warmth in his own song, just like we have.

The single is out now on Good Eye Records.

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Dresage – “Sediment” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Barbara Streisand, Doe Paoro, Blondfire

On Friday, Keeley Bumford, the producer/composer/singer-songwriter behind Dresage, released her self-titled EP. It’s a nebulous record in that it doesn’t stay static, but instead Bumford showcases her multiple interests and abilities. For instance, the record’s centerpiece, “Sediment”, illustrates the young artist’s diverse talents.

The song is mélange of influences and sounds. Rock, pop, jazz, and psychedelia converge to form one sultry yet trippy number. As such, the track could be performed at the New York Bar in Tokyo (from Lost in Translation) or within the vast confines of the Hollywood Bowl. Regardless of the venue, everyone will be lost in Bumford’s spell, which, if you listen closely to each note and lyrics, resembles a young Barbara Streisand.

With that in mind, spin Dresage in its entirety on Spotify.

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The Entrepreneurs – “Heroine” (Copenhagen, Denmark)

RIYL: Smashing Pumpkins, FIDLAR, SWMRS

The Entrepreneurs are a bit of a chameleon, as they can create rousing anthems or deliver fierce, rocking uppercuts. On “Heroine”, though, they push the boundaries of their art to new levels.

This six-minute epic is an ear-splitting, brain-splitting bender. Literally, it’s one whirling, dizzying track akin to riding the most outrageous roller coaster. Like the amusement park ride, the song commences relatively innocently, as over-driven guitars and methodical rhythms welcome the listener. As the song builds and reaches its first bridge – or drop if keeping with the thrill ride analogy – it becomes a borderline doom-rock number with front man Mathias Bertelsen’s vocals imitating the piercing screech of the late Dave Brockie of Gwar. The twisting, turning, and free-falling approach brilliantly captures the band’s attempt to capture the effects addiction can have on one’s mind. It’s an awesome tune, but it’s not for the faint-of-heart.

Mathias Bertelsen (lead vocals/guitar), Anders Hvass (backing vox/bass), and Jonas Wetterslev (drums) are The Entrepreneurs. Their forthcoming album, Noise & Romance, drops February 1st, 2019 on Tambourhinoceros. Pre-order it on Bandcamp.

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HÆLOS – “Buried In The Sand” (London, England)

RIYL: Maribou State, Portishead, Lane 8

It has been some time since we’ve heard from London trip-hop outfit HÆLOS, who two years released a sensual, existential album with Full Circle. At the time, the band included Lotti Benardout, Arthur Delaney, and Dom Goldsmith, but they have now added Daniel Vildósola to expand their sound. Their first song in two years and first as a newly formed quartet reveals them entering new territory.

Whereas the songs on Full Circle were of the interstellar variety, “Buried In The Sand” hovers closer to the Earth. More specifically, it belongs in the exclusive clubs of Ibiza, where the titillating grooves, intoxicating beats, and the various ghostly vocals – with Benardout’s lush voice standing out – turn up the temperature and the seduction. Yet there is plenty of mystery in the track, as the band tackle the demons that occupy our minds and keep us up at night. Ideas, imagines, and thoughts that haunt us in the heat of the day and the coolness of the night. The song is just another demonstration as to why HÆLOS are one of the most outstanding electronica bands today – they have an unmatched ability to simultaneously make us lose ourselves in their music while have us contemplate our own existence.

The single is out now on Liberator Music. Hopefully, this is the first step towards their sophomore album.

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Jade The Moon – “Polaroids And Airplanes” (Toronto & Vancouver, Canada)

RIYL: CHVRCHES, CHINAH, For Esmé

Have you ever driven to the airport, parked your car near the runway, and watch the planes land and take off? Maybe you watched this with your father, siblings, friends, or a loved one. It’s one of the more underappreciated memories people have, but when you look back those were good times. Just you and someone dear sharing the same feelings of awe and exhilaration in watching these massive metal birds fly high into the sky. This memory is captured on “Polaroids And Airplanes”, the new single from Canadian synth-pop band Jade The Moon.

Unlike similar outfits, the Toronto and Vancouver trio dial down the intensity to deliver an intimate and immersive track. The synths and beats calmly pulse like a heart beat, leaving one a little light headed and even intoxicated. Front woman Dani Le Rose’s stirring vocals accentuate the song’s lushness while also delivering lyrics that evoke images of more innocent days. Of days when we captured every moment on photograph, even those times that seemed inconsequential at first.

Jade The Moon are Dani Le Rose, Jeremy Morgan and Benjamin Thomas, and they will release their sophomore album, 11:11, in 2019.

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Mavica – “Fire” (London, England via Cartagena, Spain)

RIYL: Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Eliza Shaddad

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Stella Donnelly. They are three of great singer-songwriters around today, and they are usually just armed with an electric guitar, their stunning voices, and stories and lyrics that can devastate a person more than any other weapon. Another name to watch within this sub-genre is Marta Casanova and her project, Mavica. Born in lovely port city of Cartagena, Spain, the 24-year old artist has established a following in native country. She’s now looking to breakthrough abroad after spending time in Berlin and now settling in London. Her new single could be her ticket to international stardom.

“Fire” is simply stunning. Her ethereal voice floats effortlessly over her electric guitar and the feathery percussion, keys, and bass. Beneath the song’s beauty, though, is a story of a resilient, young woman, who seeks to carve out her own space in a new city. It is, as Casanova states, about “being strong, finishing what you have to do without giving up even if terrible things happen on the way”. It’s a message we all can follow.

The song was originally released on Barcelona-based label Hidden Track Records and re-released on Beatnik Creative, who will share her debut EP, Gone, early in 2019.

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The Mighty Orchid King – “Beacon” (St. Albans, England)

RIYL: T. Rex, The Pale White, Temples

With a name like The Mighty Orchid King, which could be a character from Middle Earth, the band has to be pretty awesome. They originally caught our photographer Paul’s attention, as he named him one of 2017’s Hidden Gems. We’ve joined him in appreciating the band’s stellar psychedelic rock, and hopefully others will get on the bandwagon after listening to “Beacon”.

Reminiscent of a young T. Rex with a splash of Temples, Jonny (vocals/percussion), Martin (guitar), Matt (guitar), Marcelo (bass), and Will (synth) deliver a fist-pumping, air guitar-worthy, ballistic missile of a rocker. The pacing is awesome, as the band teases us with a heavy, blazing track that seems to build and build but never quite erupts. As such, you’re left sitting at the edge of your seat waiting to jump or maybe you’re already standing and bouncing in anticipation of the explosion. While it doesn’t quite explode, it’s one delirious and fantastic trip inside the mind of a person looking for his own enlightenment.

“I’ve been searching for the beauty in anything,
Trying to see if there’s a beauty in suffering.
As I woke up I remembered the doctrine
Of infinite kindness, a boundless love is beckoning.”

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Y La Bamba – “Mujeres” (Portland, USA)

RIYL: Devendra Banhart, Helado Negro, tUnE-yArDs

Everyone knows that life as a visible minority in the US has been challenging of late, and this might be the understatement of the week. Mexican-Americans, in particular, have seen their rights suppressed and freedoms limited. We’ve all heard, read, and seen their stories, and they continue to be oppressed even if the news channels don’t mention them as regularly as they did a year ago. To ensure we never forget what happened, particularly the struggles of Mexican-American woman, Luz Elena Mendoza – who fronts Y La Bamba – delivers a powerful and remarkable new single with “Mujeres”, which is Spanish for women.

Pounding, military-style percussion and beats surge to the forefront, and they establish the song’s urgency. Mendoza’s layered vocals explode, delivering lyrics with the pace of Usain Bolt running the 100 meter dash. You don’t need to know Spanish to understand what she is saying. But if you do, this song is about women’s empowerment as well as celebrating the strength of Mexican women. According to Mendoza, the words essentially state, I am not your object, I am Intelligent, Strong, Full of Heart, Emotional, Powerful and Brave.”

Y La Bamba’s new album, Mujures, drops February 8th, 2019 via Tender Loving Empire.

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