New local music from Matty Metcalfe, Invisible Hand, Borrowed Beams of Light

Sorting through the healthy backlog of music stacked in piles over at Feedback HQ, folks. Here’s some highlights.

  • The Invisible Hand releases a split 7" single with Borrowed Beams of Light, the brainchild of Hand drummer Adam Brock, early next month. Head over to Funny/Not Funny, a Harrisonburg-based label to check out Borrowed Beams’ track. "Julie (What’s that Spell?)" is a love song that starts when the song’s protaganist "locks eyes" with Julie, the beloved, in "a park in Ibiza." Soon enough, she’s "turning my dogs into biters," "cats into panthers." Come on guys—who hasn’t been there?

Borrowed Beams of Light’s "Julie (What’s That Spell?)"

  • Ned Oldham releases a three song EP next month on Gold Robot Records, advertised on the site as his first proper recordings since 2004. Lead track "The One Light," sounds like a lost cut from Neil Young’s Hawks and Doves. Behold the magic below.

Ned Oldham’s "The One Light"

  • While Oldham has been busy putting this EP together, Matty Metcalfe—also a member of Old Calf—has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on a 19-track double album that has to be one of the most distinctive recordings to cross the ol’ desk. Musette Moderna/Tango a’ Tiempo grew from a desire, Metcalfe writes in the liner notes, "to put together fresher more modern sounding arrangements of beautiful old French Musettes (fast waltzes) and Argentine Tangos—to essentially bring these wonderful songs into the new century…" In doing so, Metcalf gives Cindy Lauper and Madonna the accordion medley treatment—and it works. Stay tuned for more on this amazing recording; it’s going to take some time to parse out. In the meantime, Metcalf releases the record at Louisa Arts Center on Sunday afternoon.
  • Local songwriter/producer extraordinaire Lance Brenner hit the e-mail account with a noteworthy piece of news: Travis Elliott‘s new Brenner-produced Swan Dive EP is being featured as "New and Noteworthy" page of iTunes. Click here to check it out (Caution: the link activates iTunes), or to buy it for a very reasonable $6.93.

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