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Seven Fresh Songs #43

Cherry Blaster, TSHA, Abbie Ozard, The Drives, Johnny Lloyd, The Beths and Matu

Matu — Out of the Mist

Soft guitar strumming contrasts with alluring, powerful vocals until the wistful lead guitar glues it all together. These elements are the signature details of “Out of the Mist,” the new single by Matu, a singer/songwriter from Argentina. Born in the South of Argentina, Patagonia, and now living in Buenos Aires, Matu has just released the gorgeous “Out of the Mist”, which delights with its catchy feel and intensifying built.

Matu grew up playing guitar from a very young age on, and while his father introduced him to classic legends like The Beatles and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Matu cites Ben Howard as his biggest inspiration. Matu told us that he left his hometown of San Martin de los Andes when he was 18 and after a short stint in trying out an engineering degree, he decided to give his knack for music try in earnest. Naturally, Matu started out writing lyrics in Spanish but felt too self-conscious and wasn’t really saying what he wanted to express. Once he started to write lyrics in English, he could open up and let himself be vulnerable and honest about his feelings. While his beautiful songwriting certainly would also work in Spanish, we appreciate his choice. In addition, Matu told us that he could hone his craft during a five-week summer program in Ireland via Berklee College, and says further:

“Another very important part of my life has been livestreaming which I started doing 2 years and a half ago on Twitch where I was able to grow a lot as an artist and performer. Now live streaming has become more relevant than ever because of the pandemic and it’s something that has helped me a lot during these uncertain times.”

So true, and what wonders music does, for those who practice it themselves, and for others to simply enjoy! “Out of the Mist” is the third single ahead of Matu’s still-untitled EP, which he co-produces together with Francisco Nicholson.

Asked about the essence of “Out of the Mist”, Matu says:

“The song talks about the struggle of overcoming my bad habits and how I end up falling back to them, also in a way how I feel a certain affinity towards them.”

Listen to “Out of the Mist,” our Song Pick of the Day:

Connect with Matu on Twitter, Twitch, and Instagram.

Abbie Ozard — True Romance

“True Romance” refers to the 1993 movie and while you probably don’t want to be stuck in a Quentin Tarantino movie, there are always characters with an undeniable appeal. For Manchester-based musician Abbie Ozard this is Alabama, the lead character in “True Romance”. But this 90s-vibes, power pop, sing-along anthem works for everybody who needs a quick escape, even if it is only in your head. “Step on the gas, riding into the sunset, not coming back,” Abbie sings and we are probably all ready for that.

Abbie gives us some background about the song:

Growing up and living in a small town has made me dream of better things, and being a better person outside the bubble that I live in at the moment. I feel like I’m constantly having some form of identity crisis; I watched True Romance and thought ‘fuck, i just want to be Alabama in this film’ and live this mad life with a cool leopard print coat on and purple converse. I want to be this character, with a cool life, and ride around in a pink cadillac. Hopefully one day I’ll be happy with everything that’s going on and the way I am, but for now I’m just gonna carry on wishing I was in True Romance haha

Listen to our Song Pick of the Day “True Romans” on YouTube or all other services:

Connect with Abbie Ozard on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

The Beths — Mars, The God of War

A lot is going on in The Beths’ new music video and no surprise, with a title like “Mars, The God Of War.” Elizabeth Stokes personifies the planet when she sings: “Mars, the god of war, is watching over me // So passively // From the twinkling scenery // Mars, the god of war // Pretending so serene // He’s keeping his hands clean.” — which immediately pulls the listener in, wanting to know more. What sort of unfinished business does the singer have? The Callum Devlin and Annabel Kean directed video is featuring the band while trying to pull off a heist. This wouldn’t be necessarily appealing to us was it not for the overall comical arch and the fun elements, and the very talented band members. Stokes says about the clip:

“The video has a really silly energy that everyone really embraced. With NZ being COVID-free, there’s a real palpable joy and euphoria in being able to get together and make something. We feel very lucky and Sports Team smashed it out of the park once again.”

The director team adds the following:

“As well as being genius musicians, in our minds The Beths are defined by being a committed, intelligent and extremely efficient team, and have turned the collaborative inner workings of an indie rock band into an art in itself. We wanted to explore that side of the band in the ultimate team-up genre; a high stakes twist laden heist movie. Obviously. Also, we seem to find the idea of The Beths entering into a life of crime frankly hilarious. We love working with The Beths. No band is more committed to exhausting every possible gag out of a situation. We initially plotted out the entire film, but decided to abandon it in favour of making as gag-dense a video as possible, if that makes sense.”

While things in the USA are dire at the moment, and make us wish to live anywhere else in the world, New Zealand seems like a very favorable choice, especially with music like this! But since this won’t be easily possible, we can watch The Beths live from Auckland Town Hall on Nov. 14th at 5PM EST via Bandcamp: The band reveals:

“Soon, here in Auckland, New Zealand, we get to take the stage of our home’s beautiful Town Hall, and we would love you to join us. We’re trying to make something to come together for, online, around the world. We’ve been saying it over and over, we are so lucky to be able to play live shows right now. So we’re going to try to share that. We’ll be there for a warm-up hang out, and we’ll be in the chat throughout the performance too. Come and hang xo.”

Listen to “Mars, The God of War,” our Song Pick of the Day, and watch the joyful and amusing music video:

Connect with The Beths on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

TSHA — Change (ft. Gabrielle Aplin)

We are way into the 21st century and female producers are still few and far between, in particularly those who focus mostly on the music. One of them is Ninja Tune signee TSHA from London who is about to release her new EP “Flowers” on November 13. For the second single “Change” she enlisted singer/songwriter Gabrielle Aplin on vocals for a bright, elevating song that works perfectly both as a pop tune and energetic dance floor banger.

Listen to our Song Pick of the Day “Change” below:

Connect with TSHA on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Johnny Lloyd — Suze

We became fans of British singer/songwriter Johnny Lloyd thanks to his last year’s released album “Next Episode Starts In 15 Seconds.” Now, the prolific artist announces his new album “Cheap Medication”, out on October 30th via Xtra Mile Recordings. “Suze” marks the last offer before the album drops and Lloyd says about the truly beautiful track:

“Suze is a strange tale of crossed wires and infidelities. A passing portrait of an imagined event I went along with while I was writing the song. It ended up taking me somewhere I hadn’t been before musically.”

Following different routes and making unusual turns makes for new inspirations and ultimately more creative work. “Suze” is an exhilarating yet at the same time soothing song featuring bright calypso rhythms, wistful slide guitars, and a panpipe solo, which is rather unusual in an indie-rock production. The addition of joyful bird sounds enhances the comforting appeal of “Suze”. We are utterly charmed by Johnny Lloyd’s gorgeous new single!

Listen to “Suze”, our Song Pick of the Day:

Connect with Johnny Lloyd on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Cherry Blaster — Licorice

Iulia Ciobanu, singer and songwriter of the band Cherry Blaster from Toronto, Canada lets us witness the process of finding an important decision: is she engaging into a relationship for the right reasons? You can imagine Iulia lying on a sofa in a sunlit room while she lets all those thoughts cross her mind. The music gently carries her stream of consciousness: there may be a heartbreak lurking in the future, but at this very moment, things are pretty much okay.

Listen to “Licorice,” our Song Pick of the Day below:

Connect with Cherry Blaster on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

The Drives — OCD

Californian three-piece The Drives could as well have met in early 2000 and not only in 2017 because of the cool and catchy indie-rock they create. It was 2017 when singer and songwriter Andrew Levin and guitarist Casey Chen met over their bedroom recordings and formed The Drives. Later that year, bassist Geo Botelho completed the band. Their glorious new single “OCD” sounds like the glistening bright love child of The Strokes meets Interpol, thanks to the stellar guitar work reminiscent of Albert Hammond and Daniel Kessler respectively.

As a true fan of both of the legendary bands, The Drives’ sound instantly appealed to me, and Levin’s vocals can easily hold up to Casablanca’s and Banks’ in their warm tone and charisma. The trio records and produces everything out of their house in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, and “OCD” is no exception. Maybe most surprising though is the serious topic that “OCD” tackles, given the song’s joyful and optimistic vibe. Levin says about the track:

“I have struggled with pretty severe OCD almost all of my life and surprisingly have not written much about it. This is one of the first songs where I address OCD and my own mental health. Specifically, I’m talking about my reluctance to speak about my mental struggles to anyone, including psychologists and loved ones in my early 20s. I always knew something was ‘up’ with my head and knew that I would eventually have to address what it is that was going on. However, I was pretty terrified to tell people around me what was going on in my mind, so I resisted talking about it to anyone. That’s really what this song is about. It’s about me hating the idea of letting someone help me with my mental health. Of course, when I actually let my family, friends, and psychologists help me, it was the best decision I ever made and has absolutely changed my life for the better.”

Aside from being a fantastic song, this is what music is all about: telling a true story and maybe helping other people along the way as well. Keep it that way, Andrew — best wishes, and more such beautiful songs, please!

Listen to “OCD”, our Song Pick of the Day:

Connect with The Drives on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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