Unknown Pleasures #54 feat. Tina Refsnes, Matt McKee, Martha Ffion

Tina Refsnes

Tina Refsnes

Getintothis’ Patrick Clarke‘s feeling all Autumnal with his 53rd set of brand new artists for your attention, deft acoustics and spellbinding melodies are the order of the day.

Autumn’s always been the best season. Of course I get to start wearing my wicked collection of shabby long brown coats and wistfully kick about in the leaves like a budget Freewheelin’ Dylan, but what I love most of all is the way a certain sort of music gains an extra resonance amid the bracing cold snap of Fall, music with both warmth and melancholy, like Nick Drake‘s second record and The Good the Bad and The Queen‘s first.

With the nights drawing in  and the trees getting crispy in my newfound Finsbury Park exile, that’s probably the reason Tina Refsnes‘ new video for I Don’t Know stuck out so much this week – a suitably Autumnal walk through gorgeous goldening countryside, warmly soundtracked with deft acoustics and a vocal somewhere between Marling and Mitchell.

Based in Oslo and a resident of our very own Liverpool for four years, the track comes cut from her new album No One Knows That You’re Lost, out this November 6. Another teaser from LP, Upside Down Clouds, glimmers with such an effortlessly inviting sprawl has it poised as a nailed-on Autumn highlight.

Matt McKee‘s new album spins a similar hypnosis, and it’s a good job too, what with the singer-songwriter quitting his London job, buying a VW van and handing an unknown Geordie an envelope full of money. What compelled him? Boredom, apparently. Yet what’s emerged from his travels is a quite fantastic debut album, The Body You Ride Around In, to be released at the end of the month.

Littered with gentle bursts of pace as opaque space sway into deft finger-picks, McKee captures and wrings his listener’s heart with a downbeat vocal, weaves tender melodic reflection with all the skill of Elliott Smith and on occasion layers hints of fuzzed-up melancholia with distant squalls of electricity. It’s nothing short of captivating.

Glasgow-based Martha Ffion, finally, joins perfect company with the likes of Perfume Genius, Cate Le Bon and Gruff Rhys upon her recent signing to Turnstile Records, for whom her new single So Long appeared this week. Bedecked in a confident stride, she uses a wash of revivalist reverb perfectly sparingly as ideal backing to a detached pop vocal worth savouring.




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