New Waves 2018: 79.5

They may not have the eas­i­est name to remem­ber, but every fan of clas­sic soul needs this New York group in their lives in 2018. 79.5 are bring­ing us stu­pen­dous­ly mor­eish old-school soul. To date, the group has released two sin­gles: ‘Ter­ror­ize My Heart’ and ‘Boy Don’t Be Afraid’. Between the musi­cians’ tight melodies and the singers’ (pic­tured: Nya Park­er Brown, Kate Mat­ti­son, Piya Malik) gor­geous har­monies, this group will put a spell on you as strong as any Motown or Stax hit.

79.5’s debut album is being pro­duced by Leon Michels (Lee Fields, The Arcs, Lana Del Ray), and is due this spring.

We asked lead singer Kate Mat­ti­son how things are shap­ing up for the group: “We’re real­ly look­ing for­ward to get­ting our album out there in the world. The stu­dio ses­sions were beau­ti­ful; the pro­duc­tion: spot on. We feel blessed to get to share this LP with a glob­al audience.”

Social: @79point5 on Insta­gram, @79point5 on Twitter

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Image: Sesse Lind