Matt Duke / Rosi Golan
Matt Duke looks super-young—almost teenage—in photographs, but the sound of his voice and the gravity of his lyrical content make you believe he is an old soul who has been through a lot. We've all heard the old song about the hip bone being connected to the leg bone, but what about the heart-strings and the grey matter? That connection is harder to make—but it's one that Duke manages to forge with the whip-smart, emotive songs on his second Ryko album, One Day Die—an album which touches on the darkness implicit in that title and uses it as a springboard to redemption and rebirth.
Rosi Golan is an Israeli born singer-songwriter who has made many stops in her travels, including Germany, Paris, and finally ending up in Los Angeles at the age of 9, where she grew up. Golen is indeed a long way from home, but certainly in the right place to showcase her unique talent for rich, dark melodies and a voice that not only draws you in, but still haunts you the next day. While living in L.A., Golan was inundated with creative lessons from violin, to voice, to acting. At 19, she decided to focus on singing and picked up her first guitar, teaching herself to play and write songs. Six weeks later, she was performing at her first open mic.