The Matinee February 24th has 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. We have nice mix of commanding indie rock and upbeat electro pop. We hope today’s playlist gets your weekend started off right. Artists are representing the US, The UK and Israel. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and then on Sunday for our mega, mega playlist.
Flowers de moon – “Scifi Pulp ’72” (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
RIYL: Sylvan Esso, Phantogram, Badbadnotgood
How a single track can encompass the range that this track does and still be absolutely incredible is beyond imagination. If you were to hear a song described as cool jazz, warm funk, stark electronic, and we may as well throw in experimental elements too, you’d think the song would sound schizophrenic. But no, prepared to be blown away by this track.
Flowers de moon have managed to pack all of that into their single “Scifi Pulp ’72”. They have masterfully fused those elements together while expert production has kept the integrity of the song intact. Self-described as a dystopian flute and saxophone rock song, this is a groovy track that took us by surprise and left us wanting more. Don’t sleep on this track or this band.
Flowers de moon are Doug Fraley (Production, Synth, Grooves), Olivia Price (Vocals), and Kevin Vose (Saxophone). “Scifi Pulp ’72” will be included on a forthcoming EP due out March 3rd, 2017 but in the meantime you can stream this incredible track on SoundCloud.
Julietta – “Beach Break” (New York City, USA)
RIYL: Anna of the North, Sigrid, Verite
Julietta is from NYC and even though it’s been quite cold on the east coast, we have a warm sunny track titled “Beach Break”.
The track is light and airy which forces you to move as the lyrics immediately state “Do you wanna move my way?”. Julietta’s vocals have a soothing and hypnotic quality throughout. “Beach Break” was actually recorded at Maderas Village’s music studio in Nicaragua.
Julietta shares a bit about making music in Central America: “I needed some time to write, read, create, get lost with monkeys, and get beat up surfing.” No doubt the time away was the perfect backdrop to produce this upbeat and warm weather gem. It needs to definitely be added to your upcoming warm weather playlist.
Psyence – “Falling In Love Once Again” (Stoke-on-Trent, England)
RIYL: Pond, Temples, The Vyrll Society
Psyence are creating some awesome vibes that flow between 60s psychedelia, blues and some amazing guitar rock.
The five piece recently released “Falling In Love Again” and we can’t get over the face melting guitar solo at the end. The track is packed full of screaming guitars, the perfect amount of percussion along with superior vocals and just the right amount of spacing in the composition to keep the listener wanting for more.
Psyence are comprised of Steve Pye – Lead Guitar/Vocals, Jamie Cartlidge – Guitar/ Vocals, Jamie Bellingham – Bass, Joe Walsh – Drums and Ben Nixon – Keys.
Slingshot Dakota – “Grudge” (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA)
RIYL: Paramore, Rainer Maria, Pity Sex
The Pennsylvania duo of Slingshot Dakota have put out their latest single with “Grudge”. This is an invigorating track describing singer Carly Comando’s irritation with inequality due to her gender. All of her frustration, anger, and angst are highlighted even more by her sweet vocals. And those sweet vocals sit atop deep guitar riffs and crashing, splashy cymbals.
This is an intense and catchy track with just a hint of pop. They’ve lent their live performance energy to this recording as it beautifully captures their raw power and vulnerability at the same time.
You can find this track on their new EP Broken out on Topshelf Records and Specialist Subject Records and released today. The 2 song EP is available here digitally or on 7″ vinyl. Slingshot Dakota is Carly Comando (keyboard, vocals) and Tom Patterson (drums, vocals). They’re heading out on their very first UK tour with the band Petal.
The Vultures – “Suicide” (London, England)
RIYL: Joy Division, Nick Cave, Morrissey
The Vultures really defy comparison but it’s hard not hear Joy Division meshed with Nick Cave in the style of Morrissey when you listen to their latest track “Suicide”.
The deep resonating vocals singing about somewhat dark subject matter (as is typical of The Vultures) are paired with an upbeat musical accompaniment. Not over-the-top upbeat to make it too poppy, but just enough to push it past the edge of too morbid. Lush strings and steady percussion lay the groundwork for lyrics like:
Sometimes I dream of my own demise, guess everybody thinks of suicide.
The Vultures are an evenly split male/female sextet whose members have come together from five countries spanning three continents. Comprising three-part vocals, cello, violin, viola, bass and drums, this group manages to sound both modern and nostalgic at the same time, perhaps even a touch orchestral with amazing harmonic vocals.
Vini Vicious – “Ether” (Tel Aviv, Israel)
RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, Interpol, Queens of the Stone Age
Vini Vicious are creating some awesome rock tunes akin to QOTSA or Interpol. Their newest release “Ether” definitely gets you pumped up.
Their sound is tight yet expansive for a trio. With “Ether” we hear a bit of a blues injection along with hard hitting rock, commanding vocals and expertly executed guitar. We are intrigued to hear more from this Tel Aviv based band.
Vini Vicious is comprised of Jonny Stone – Guitar, Vocals, Tal Bluestein – Bass, and Boaz Blum – Drums, Vocals.
“Ether” is from the band’s debut EP Ä (pronounced “EEH”) which is out in early March.
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