New Music – Madeline Kenney, Let’s Eat Grandma, Ella Naseeb
New music to check from Oakland, Norwich and Dublin
Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips with us or check out all past New Music selections here.
Seattle-born and Oakland-based Madeline Kenney who has decided to swap baking, modern dance and neuroscience for singing and songwriting. Her forthcoming EP “Signals” for Chaz “Toro Y Moi” Bundick’s Company Records’ label is a beautiful blur of sun-distorted twang, slow-burning drama, some super-fried fuzz and that honey-coated voice taking charge. All killer, no filler.
Norwich, stand tall. Let’s Eat Grandma are Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, a pair of teens who hail from that Norfolk stronghold and whose wooozy, magical, otherwordly blend of strange folk, off-kilter pop and some boisterous right-angles is tailor-made for these times or, indeed, all kinds of times. Tracks like “Deep Six Textbook” and “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms” are full of wonder and verve. They play the Castlepalooza festival on July 2.
Dublin-based Ella Naseeb’s explorations to date have been about working out the parameters and reach of her voice and songs. As “Witching Hour” shows, she’s got a great handle on how to use these to their best advantage with jazz and dark soul tones. There are oodles of potential in the wash here so it will be interesting to hear if this is the direction Naseeb intends to follow in the future.