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New Music Friday Chapter 29

Sep 11, 2020


Inspired by the sounds of his youth and as a graduate of music, Matthew Roberts cultivated his unique soundscape from personal experience. From a small council flat in the East End of London, Matthew’s young ears were first introduced to the docile aura of John Denver and his passion to learn grew as he absorbed John’s tones. Over the last few years, Matthew has become a recognized face within the fashion world as a signed model. However, fashion has always been a bystander to his zeal for music. Matthew’s lyrics speak of simpler times and his heartfelt devotion to those who have inspired and helped him to find his feet. His voice has been compared to the likes of Bowie and his latest single “Light a Spark” has been well received with acclamation from Fred Perry.



LA-based indie rock band DREAMERS have released a companion video for their brand-new track, “Teddy Bear”. The clip was directed by Ben Zucker and shot throughout Echo Park. It was only the second time the band (vocalist/guitarist Nick Wold, bassist/vocalist Nelson and drummer/vocalist Jacob Wick) had been together since the pandemic started.
“We like to make a lot of music videos with big lofty concepts and ideals and ‘Teddy Bear’ is the opposite,” says Wold. “It’s a song from the heart and the video shows us just as we are. Love us or hate us, we are here, staying alive in love and in the modern world. How are you?”

“Teddy Bear” follows the aptly named “Heat Seeker” ft. grandson, which rocketed onto the charts and is currently No. 24 at alternative radio. 
The band made a special “isolation video version” of the track, enlisting friends Robert Delong, Joywave’s Daniel Armbruster, UPSAHL and Bikini Trill’s Tony Stern. That followed their original live-action clip and the animated version of “Heat Seeker” ft. grandson which follows lead singer Nick Wold and grandson as they search for truth and meaning while navigating a cosmic gauntlet filled with false idols, relentless consumerism and shady politicians.



The Struts and Robbie Williams have dropped a new video to accompany their fresh single, “Strange Days.  Shot by Chris Applebaum, the clip was filmed in multiple locations around Southern California.  “Strange Days” is the second song to be released from the band’s upcoming album by the same name, which is set for release October 16th via Interscope Records. “Strange Days” follows the release of the track “Another Hit of Showmanship,” which features Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes and centers on another poignant vocal performance from Spiller, who deftly channels the tension between giving in to temptation and rising above your demons.  Strange Days finds The Struts joining forces with not only Robbie Williams and Albert Hammond Jr, but also  Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen on the hip-shaking stomper “I Hate How Much I Want You” and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello on “Wild Child.”

The Strange Days album came to life over the course of a charmed and frenzied burst of creativity this spring. After getting tested for COVID-19, the band all moved into the Los Angeles home of Jon Levine, a producer who worked extensively on their acclaimed sophomore album YOUNG & DANGEROUS. Within just ten days of couch-crashing at Levine’s house, The Struts had laid down nine original tracks alongside their masterful cover of a KISS B-side. 



French psych-pop band La Femme make their return with “Paradigme,” a new video and single previewing the release of their upcoming third album (details TBA). Refocused around their original trio of Sacha Got, Marlon Magnée, and Sam Lefèvre, this is La Femme’s first release since their 2016 acclaimed album Mystére. “Paradigme” has all the elements behind the band’s signature sound: overpowering melodies, nonchalant vocals, old school brass arrangement, and an irresistible chorus. The single is released via the band’s label Disque Pointu, distributed worldwide by IDOL.

Formed in 2010, the then unknown band hoodwinked the French music industry by lining up a DIY US tour with only $3,000 and an EP. After playing 20 gigs around the US, La Femme returned home with immense interest from the Parisian music scene. “The industry was like, ‘What the fuck? They have an EP out and they are touring in the US and we don’t know them?” Magnée told The Guardian. “So the buzz began to start. When we came back to France, it was red carpet. Fucking DIY.”

The “Paradigm” music video includes secret codes and hidden references, all originating in La Femme’s unrivaled creative imagination. Think futuristic Boswell Sisters transplanted into a scene from Brian DePalma’s Phantom of the Paradise. La Femme leaves the view on a cliff-hanger at the end of the“Paradigme” video. Who are those people underneath that neon sign? And indeed, what should we expect from La Femme’s next appearance? Much, much more intrigue to come…



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