In the second half of our twinbill of new music, The Matinee ’22 v. 090 takes you on an exquisite journey that reaches blissful and euphoric heights and delves into the far reaches of fantasy.
For the first half of today’s music selection, click on this link. All the tracks that have caught our attention this month can be found on the Songs of July 2022 playlist, which is available on Spotify or SoundCloud.
Wombo – “Seven of Cups” (Louisville, USA)
RIYL: Red House Painters, Chapterhouse, Cocteau Twins
We’ve said this before but it’s worth repeating: Wombo are one of the great bands to emerge in the past three-plus years. They have repeatedly blown us away, including this year where they’ve shared three remarkable songs in “Backflip”, “Below the House”, and “Snakey”. Each were different from the other, which should make their new album, Fairy Rust, a memorable listening experience. To further display their diversity and flexibility, Sydney Chadwick (vocal, bass), Cameron Lowe (guitar), and Joel Taylor (drums) dive into the realm of sadcore with “Seven of Cups”.
The ultimate track from the upcoming LP is a startling exercise in patience, sincerity, and vulnerability. Patiently, Lowe’s gauzy guitar hovers in the air, supported by Taylor’s superb and equally solemn drumming. As the pair’s instruments swirl overhead, Chadwick’s ghostly vocal floats in and out of this hazy space. She is lost in a thought that concerns her existence and those she has bid adieu over the years. Her words are beautifully poetic, allowing our minds to imagine what lies over the hills before us.
“There are things I think of. Never can remember what they were
Did they go where I lived
In ten years, will I be able to tell it straight
Up a hill, down again, time to rest
For the hours know their pace
Want to know my own too
Early in the day to find out
Too late to take it back and forward”
Madi Diaz – “Hangover” (Nashville, USA)
RIYL: The Weather Station, Ada Lea, Maple Glider
Madi Diaz is the kind of songwriter that connects straight to listener’s hearts. It’s something that can be felt all throughout her 2021 record, History Of A Feeling. Its tracks baring all types of emotion mixed with some incredible storytelling. Songs like the acoustic “Crying In Public” or the heavy moments of “Woman In My Heart” created such a dynamic that kept everything fresh throughout its eleven songs.
“Hangover” is yet another honest and dynamic single from Diaz. Kicking things off with some heavy bass, crashing cymbals, and huge harmonies, it all comes smashing down leaving just Diaz and guitar. Slowly building its way back up, Diaz also builds herself back up with every word she sings. It’s a post-breakup song about those feelings and memories that linger after a relationship has just ended.
“It’s a lot, I’m always alright until I’m not
Walked across the corner where we fought
I can feel you even when you’re not
The memories they just hang about
And I thought, I thought that this would be easier by now
I think about you in the morning
I guess that means you’re still important
I’m always missing on you sometimes
But I always take a hit even though I’ll feel it in the morning
Even though I say you’re not important
I try to get a little closure but I still wake up with your hangover”
Diaz’s U.S. tour with Caamp and The Tallest Man on Earth begins September 17th with full details on her website.
The single is out on ANTI- Records, who also released Diaz’s excellent LP History Of A Feeling as well as the fantastic Same History, New Feelings which features Waxahatchee, Angel Olsen and other guests.
Friendship – “Chomp Chomp” (Philadelphia via Yarmouth, ME USA)
RIYL: David Bazan, Josh Ritter, Granddaddy
If you need a song that will pick you up, you’ve come to the right place. It’s not just in the Dan Wriggins-led project’s name, Friendship; their music evokes feelings similar to those of spending time with the people important to us. With “Ugly Little Victory”, they wrote a song that poetically captured how a relationship blossoms and then suddenly ends. With “Alive Twice”, they shared a wonderful tribute to man’s best friend.
Their most recent single, “Chomp Chomp” is everything that makes Friendship great. The music is inviting, full of chiming guitar, hushed drums, and warm sounds all around. It’s a vibe that’s echoed through the sentiments in the lyrics. Wriggins sings about some bad advice he gave, even though the intentions were good. He explains, “Lyrically, it’s another one about the miracle of love. And about dumb advice I’ve given because I thought I was protecting someone.”
I gave you lousy advice
Thinking I knew you best
But I’m totally clueless
As if anything could stop your heart
From loving the stranger
From loving the stranger
Love is a stranger everywhere you go”
Friendship are: Dan Wriggins (vocals, guitar), Peter Gill (guitar, pedal steel), Jon Samuels (bass), and Mike Cormier-O’Leary (drums, vibraphone). Pre-orders for their new album, Love the Stranger, are available here and on Bandcamp. It drops out July 29th via Merge Records.
Black Midi – “Sugar, Tzu” (London, England)
RIYL: Black Midi
There is no point in trying to define Black Midi. Geordie Greep (vocals, guitar), Cameron Picton (vocals, bass guitar, synths), and Morgan Simpson (drums) as well as Seth Evans (keyboards, synths) and Kaidi Akinnibi (saxophone) truly march to the beat of their own drums. They have proven over the past few years that they care little about standard arrangements and well-established traditions. They instead embrace the term “artist” and create imaginative songs with equally creative stories, which they displayed on the wacky yet wonderful one-two punch of “Welcome To Hell” and “Eat Men Eat”. The collective unleash another batty track in “Sugar, Tzu”.
From the title, exactly what could this song be about? It is a futuristic tale about the greatest boxing match about to take place. The track, however, is much more than that, as this is Black Midi. As the numerous instruments go in various directions and occasionally collide and exchange blows like the two boxers in the ring, Greep cleverly adds historical and biblical references to denote how the present and likely the future will continue to repeat the mistakes of our past. And how there will always be Davids and Goliaths. The songwriting is wildly brilliant as always.
“Sun Sugar in the red trunks
Sun Tzu in the blue
Both ran to the centre of the ring
While the rhinestone suit continued to sing
Sun Sugar, a simple man, cut from coarse cloth
Sun Tzu, seeking strength from a snakeskin broth
Weighing in at
Six hundred pounds
I ran through legs to the front of the crowd
Sun Sugar came over
Sun Sugar came over, and shook my hand
He turned away, and I shot him in the back
Sun Sugar came over, shook my fucking hand
He turned away, and I might shot him in the back
Sun Tzu raised his arms
Crowned champ while Sugar bled on
No doctor on the scene
The audience won!”
Dude, My Dude – “Eleanor’s Detour” (London, England)
RIYL: Wallows, Hippo Campus, Daffodils
We don’t know about you, but when seeing the moniker Dude, My Dude, we had two images: one of Ashton Kutcher in Dude’s Where My Car and the other of Jeff Bridges’ character, The Dude, from The Big Lebowski. Beginning first as the bedroom project of Benjamin Lyth and Matthieu Thienpont, the band has expanded to include Angie Prasanti and Matthew E. Williams. Their additions have allowed the band to dial up the intensity and create euphoric guitar-pop like they do on “Eleanor’s Detour”.
Trust us when we say to clear your lungs and maybe head outside because this song will have you yelling and running by the time it reaches its awesome climax. Like the great pop-rock numbers in music history, “Eleanor’s Detour” draws one in with a soft, embracing approach, making us feel like we’re part of the track. Once inside, we feel the emotion that emerges from Lyth’s voice and words as well as the eventual instrumental explosion. We understand the words, “This damn uncertainty of knowing who to be is killing me / But next to you is where I want to be!”, that the band holler in unison. It’s about figuring out our place in these strange times and finding those who will accept us just for being who we are.
This terrific track is taken from the band’s yet-to-be-named debut EP, which is expected later this year.
Rachel Bobbitt – “Watch and See” (Toronto, Canada)
RIYL: Skullcrusher, Tomberlin, Florist
What is there left to say about Rachel Bobbitt and her upcoming album, The Ceiling Could Collapse, that we haven’t said already? With each single she’s released, there are more indications that the record is going to be one to remember. “More”, “Gemini Ties”, “What About The Kids”, and “Bandages” are all fantastic tracks that mark a seamless transformation from Vine cover singer into an artist creating some truly compelling original music.
“Watch and See” keeps that trend up, as Bobbitt once again navigates intense emotions. Stumbling drums kick things off before some heavily strummed guitar joins and sets the table for Bobbitt’s voice. Bobbitt says the song is “about attempting to connect through moments of dissociation”. It’s easy to feel that distance at times, as chords get distorted and harmonies join. But at times, the track gives way to quieter moments, flowing in a way that makes it feel seamless. By the end it feels like those loud, cathartic moments are now breaking through and providing clarity.
“Knee deep in the ocean in the failing light
Pitching myself to the porch lights on the other side
You rip me back saying something about does that sound right
I nod my head and it ripples out till its capsized
You’re touching me
Through a tv screen
We’ll watch each other the way we like to
We’ll see each other and cower at the view”
Indigo Sparke – “Pressure in My Chest” (New York City, USA via Sydney, Australia)
RIYL: Faye Webster, Rosie Carney, Fenne Lily
We end our extended edition of The Matinee with a song that is, in a single word, breathtaking. Indigo Sparke, whose established a name for herself in her home country of Australia and her adopted home of New York City, has delivered arguably the most beautiful song you will hear today if not the entire week or month.
Sparke’s dreamy voice shines throughout “Pressure in My Chest”. Every word she sings is delivered with intoxicating effect, as her vocal is like a potion that causes us to temporarily forget time exists and events of the recent past. It even makes us forget that a pensive guitar, soft touches of keys, and delicate rhythmic pulses hover beneath, creating the gorgeous soundscape for her introspective tale to be told. She emotionally shares the tension that builds inside her as she comes to terms with her new situation – that of loneliness and solitude as others around her have moved or passed on. As she beautifully shares:
“When no one is around
The conversations with myself
The big old house is talkin’
Smoked dancing in the wind
Time is a circle and time is a cage
I got lost in the void but now I burn
I burn through
But there’s a pressure in my chest
A pressure in my chest”
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