The Matinee June 22nd edition includes an eclectic mix of tracks to get you through the middle of your week. We have indie rock, electropop, indietronica and a bit of psych rock.
Deer Park Avenue – “California (Close My Eyes)” (Munich, Germany)
RIYL: Paramore, Bully, Wolf Alice
Deer Park Avenue are sisters Sarah Snyder (guitars/vocals) and Stephanie Snyder (drums/vocals).
“California (Close My Eyes)” reminds us of exciting 00s inspired rock that will leave you wanting to digest the entire album after first listen. The track proves these sisters have what it takes to emerge successful alongside other talented female led bands like Sleater-Kinney.
“California (Close My Eyes)” is about the dark side of California and the dark side of ourselves. With a driving-down-the-coast feel and hooky chorus, it blends pop-punk and alt-rock, layered with gritty guitars and big booming toms.
Esh – “Fall” (Israel)
RIYL: Nite Jewel, Grimes, Purity Ring, Halsey
Esh is Israeli born actress Sarai Givaty and she has been releasing intriguing electro pop tracks.
With vocals that linger in your head after first listen and lyrics that are deeper than your average electro pop tune, Esh has the elements for breaking out of the sea of electronic tracks fronted by talented female vocalists.
Esh is a singer-songwriter and world traveler, and she has drawn from different sounds and experiences throughout her journey, to inspire her self-titled EP, Esh.
“Fall” is the second single off of her debut EP and with positive blog support on her debut single “Trigger” and her newest, we feel it might only be a matter of time before Esh gets wide range recognition.
Harpooner – “Hush Up” (Nashville via Bloomington, IN, USA)
RIYL: Mikal Cronin, Temples, White Denim
Harpooner formed in 2013 in Bloomington, Indiana while the trio studied at Indiana University but they could honestly be transplanted back in the 70s and have experienced wide range success.
“Hush Up” sounds like it could have come out over 30+ years ago and brings a bit of nostalgia to the table. You then hear the progressive percussion of Mr. Morrow, the perfectly placed reverb throughout and realize you have an extremely talented trio that are creating an exhilarating new twist to psych rock. We are excited to hear the debut offerings of Harpooner.
Harpooner’s debut full-length, Rose Park, arrives this Friday.
Harpooner is comprised of Scott Schmadeke (vocals/piano/Mellotron/guitar/organ/synthesizer), Max Mullen (bass/background vocals), and Josh Morrow (drums).
In An Instant – “Where the Demons and the Devil Speak” (Bangor, Northern Ireland)
RIYL: Two Door Cinema Club, Beauty Sleep, Snow Patrol
In An Instant are a Northern Irish quartet from Bangor who, since their formation in 2013, have received considerable acclaim for their creative blend of indie rock and electronic dance music. In addition to this, they are renowned in the local music scene for their intense, cathartic live performances.
With “Where The Demons and The Devil Speak”, In An Instant prove that they can flawlessly meld together the best parts of indie rock with a splash of electronica. The vocals are strong and inviting and hit that soft spot for fans that love subtle Scottish and Northern Irish inflections heard in bands like Frightened Rabbit or Biffy Clyro. Their newest track could easily be heard on any alt rock station.
We look forward to hearing more in 2016 from In An Instant.
In An Instant are comprised of Mark / Ryan / Andrew / Tom. “Where The Demons and The Devil Speak” is out in all the usual places July 8th.
MIYNT – “The Strangest Game” (Stockholm, Sweden)
RIYL: LP, New Pharaohs, Mø
It has been nearly a year since we have heard from MIYNT, who stirred our emotions with the tantalizing “Civil War” and her remarkable cover of Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time”. She returns with “The Strangest Game”.
MIYNT has what it takes to break through the massive electro pop landscape. With “The Strangest Game” she brings forth her memorable and sweet vocals against an R&B electronic vibe that immediately enthralls us. With “The Strangest Game” we hear more from MIYNT and know it could only be a matter of time before she reaches breakout status.
Neda – “Prehistoric Love” (Carnarvon/Perth, Australia)
RIYL: Nite Jewel, Imogen Heap, Lana Del Rey
Yesterday, Ben shared the newly formed, Aussie super-group The Lonely Rivals’ debut single, “Save It For Tomorrow”. One of the members of the band is Tenielle Neda, whose goes by the simple moniker Neda as her solo project.
Neda is entrancing us with “Prehistoric Love”. Tenielle Neda’s vocals are strong yet soaring and the lyrics remind us of expectations on a certain kind of love. The track combines electro pop and indie pop together to capture a wide range of fans. “Prehistoric Love” is sprinkled with a bit of 80s synth/new wave and modern EDM to capture a perfect indie pop track for Neda.
We look forward to hearing more from both The Lonely Rivals and Ms. Tenielle Neda in 2016.
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