Today's songs are "It's Just Good" by Janell Rosa, "Happy Anniversary, Stranger” by Matilda Mann, and "I Want More" by Eades.
Janell Rosa - “It’s Just Good”
My friend recently sent me a track off Janell Rosa’s latest EP, Let Me Love You, that was released this last summer. This EP feels a little overdue after the last one, but I think her fans would agree that it was worth the wait. Let Me Love You features three tracks that blend indie pop with elements of funk and Latin music. My favorite single, “It’s Just Good,” immediately reminded me of Steely Dan, but with Rosa’s pure, soft vocals. Musically, this track has so many intricacies and instruments throughout: you’ve got the 80s synth to open, drums, electric piano, a groovy baseline, bongos, maracas, chimes, a triangle, and a harpsichord. Some instruments are only played once or briefly, but each element was intentionally placed to produce this blissful, layered love song. Even if I have to wait 10 years for new music from Rosa, I’ll be waiting patiently. Listen to “It’s Just Good” now.
Matilda Mann - “Happy Anniversary, Stranger”
Matilda Mann is the latest musical talent from London to throw her hat in the UK’s indie-acoustic ring, and I am here for it. At just 20 years-old, she made her musical debut early this year with the release of her five track EP, If That Makes Sense. You can certainly hear Mann’s musical influences surface in her music: the soft, layered harmonies echo those in The Staves, and the pure, relaxed vocal delivery is reminiscent of Laura Marling. More recently, Mann has released three singles that will be featured on her next EP, Because I Wanted You to Know (releasing soon). Mann's latest single, titled “Happy Anniversary, Stranger," was co-written with Matt Maltese about falling for someone on her bus route, and finding the courage to introduce herself. The music video matches the innocence and sincerity of the song perfectly in claymation. Sonically, this track is more playful than her other singles, with the upbeat tempo and layers of melodies, vocals, and percussion. I’m eager to hear how Mann will continue to play with different sounds to forge her own musical style. Listen to “Happy Anniversary, Stranger” now.
Eades - "I Want More"
Eades is a indie-rock group from Leeds, who released their latest single “I Want More” earlier this month via Bam Bam Records—the label founded by Eades lead singer and guitarist, Harry Jordan. Both the Eades and Bam Bam are established on DIY principles: they have their hands in all aspects of the writing and production process, and it definitely contributes to their raw and gritty signature sound. They describe their music as a “blend of Garage Rock, New Wave, Post-Punk and Noise Rock” with a “Lo-fi recording style.” That blend has been brewing for six years now, after touring and playing with projects like Dharma Wild and Far Caspian (one of my favorite musical finds this past year). If you've listened to either of those projects, you wouldn't think they were backed by the same band, but that just goes to show Eades' members are faceted musicians, equipped with an arsenal of style and sound. It's no wonder why their debut EP, Microcosmic Things, was so widely praised. It’s dreamy funk punk rock that you can’t help but foot-tap, head-bang, and, at times, downright dance to.
“I Want More” is their latest single to follow up the EP. This track may very well be the perfect anthem for creatives that struggle to find ways to follow their passions (thanks Eades). Jordan writes, “When we wrote ‘I Want More’ I was in a pretty strange place, working a real dead end job just doing what I could to stay in Leeds and make music. I guess it reflects pretty well about how we all felt as musicians - finishing uni, feeling a bit lost and wanting more from life than the rat race our friends around us were joining.” The electric guitar begins with this back-and-forth melody that perfectly expresses the weekday monotony of so many nine-to-five jobs: wake, work, sleep, repeat. The anxiety surfaces in the chorus through crashing drums and Jordan’s deadpan vocals. It’s an impressive translation of emotion through the instruments alone. Eades has been working on a lot of music new to come, and I love that no one will be able to predict their trajectory. Check out “I Want More” here.