Midweek Muse: Super Paradise - Beatrix Players - Stella Rio - Golden Daze

Super Paradise - The F.C.

Background - Born in Milan, and now based in London, Super Paradise have just burst onto the garage scene in the UK with their debut album Quencebo: twenty minutes of high-octane rotary psych, both frenetic and melodious fusing the genres of garage, synth pop and psychedelia.

Originally written and recorded by lead singer and guitarist Francesco Roma in his hometown, Milan, the record sees the collaboration of Nico Spreafico on backing vocals and now as guitarist in the live line-up. Since moving to the UK, they inspired keyboardist Juliet Styles and drummer Bradley Smith to join to create the full line up.

Building on the edgy energy of Thee Oh Sees, the rough sounds of Parquet Courts and the soundscapes of New Order, the result is a hypnotic amphetamine rush with dizzying catchy melodies.

Bandcamp here, and Facebook here.

Taken from the debut release 'Quencebo' we have chosen to feature the first track 'The F.C.' The song is a fine example of what is a creative and varied range of tracks. Musically they mix pace and melody with some blistering moments and the occasional pause for reflection. Ones to watch I reckon.


Beatrix Players - Lady of the Lake.

Background - London-trio Beatrix Players have just released their new single 'Lady Of The Lake' taken from their upcoming debut album (due in 2017).

When choosing a suitable name for their band this London based trio certainly gave themselves something to live up to. Beatrix, from the Latin Viatrix, is a name that in its various forms has been previously bestowed upon self-sacrificing martyrs and self-denying mystics, royal consorts and Holy Roman empresses, Balzac heroines and Tarantino assassins. No small irony then, that a name so often chosen by tragedians for their characters literally means "she who makes happy".

Through their enchantingly dark and evocative melodies, expansive arrangements and empowered orchestral sound Beatrix Players tell stories of real life and fantasy. Citing influences as diverse as Michael Nyman and Regina Spektor and drawing comparisons to the likes of Kate Bush and Einaudi Ludovico; this London-based, all female trio combine elements of Folk, Jazz, Progressive and Classical music. In 2015 the band (Amy Birks, Jess Kennedy and Amanda Alvarez) took their unique sound – a beautiful combination of vocals, piano and cello – into the studio to record their self-produced debut album, which has been mixed by two-time BBC Folk Award winner, Jim Moray. That album, titled Magnified, is scheduled for release in 2017. Website here, Facebook here.

If your one for classic vocals, mixed with a timeless piano and cello combination, then 'Lady of the Lake' suggests that you (and I) may well be in store for a magnificent album next year. Supported by an imaginative video this is one mightily impressive and beautiful song.


Stella Rio - Don't Go Away.

Background from Stella - I've finally had a chance to work on my own material after being consumed by other projects for the past while.

You'll notice the song is about meeting that special person and feeling that you’re connected on a deeper level and never wanting to let that feeling go. I think most people can relate because deep down most people chase that kind of love.

In addition to my own music I've been working on Canadian DJ's DVBBS latest Wicked Ways EP, which just came out. I've also been writing for the new Little Mix album Glory Days. The album dropped on November 18. You'll definitely want to go support their great work as well! Facebook here.

With distinctive and absolutely charming vocals, Stella Rio has given us the splendid 'Don't Go Away'. Melodic and catchy, combines with expansive and dreamy, a perfect recipe for a superb song if ever there was one.


Golden Daze - Ghost.

Background - Formed by Ben Schwab and Jacob Loeb, Golden Daze is a collaborative songwriting duo. Inspired by 60's melodic rock and contemporaries like Cass Mccombs and Brian Jonestown Massacre, Golden Daze drenches their straightforward earthly pop tunes in ethereal drones and tape flutter. The duo, originally from the Midwest (Schwab from Ohio and Loeb from Chicago), are based in Los Angeles and recently released their self-titled debut LP on Autumn Tone Records.

This week the band shares the surreal video for "Ghost." The video serves as a tribute to the band member's mothers, and tells the story of a mother psychically channeling the spirits of her sons. Catch the band on tour now with together PANGEA and Twin Peaks.

Tour Dates:
11/28 - Denver CO- Moon Room*
11/29 - Lawrence KS- Bottleneck*
11/30 – Columbia, MO – Cafe Berlin*
12/01 – Detroit, MI – El Club^
12/02 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop^
12/03 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace^
12/05 – Burlington, VT – Signal Kitchen^
12/06 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall^
12/07 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair^
12/08 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer^
12/09 – New York, NY – Webster Hall^
12/10 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter^
12/13 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5^
12/14 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In^
12/16 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall^
12/17 – Chicago, IL – Metro^
* with together PANGEA
^ with together PANGEA and Twin Peaks

Atmospheric and sometimes seemingly distant vocals and harmonies drift above the rich textured sounds making 'Ghost' a very hypnotic and pleasing song. Slowly building in energy this is one really fine track.