Music, Singles, The Revue — February 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Matinee February 27th

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The Matinee February 27th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have awesome upbeat indie rock, dramatic synth pop, psych inspired rock, singer-songwriter and bluesy rock. We have artists representing Australia, the US and The UK today.

Crystal Cities – “Who’s Gonna Save Us Now” (Sydney, Australia)

RIYL: Jagwar Ma, The War on Drugs, City Calm Down

Crystal Cities just released “Who’s Gonna Save Us Now”. The track is a dreamy indie rocker that we can’t seem to get enough of. The song includes wonderful shoegaze elements complemented with Mr. Rana’s raspy yet comforting vocals.

Even though the lyrical content is disconcerting as the main lyric is “Tell Me, Who’s Gonna Save Us Now” we still get this warm and soothing vibe throughout the song. It’s almost whimsical yet serious. We already have 3 solid tracks released for their upcoming EP (Including “Tell Me Now” and “Good Life”) so we are sure this is going to be a very memorable EP release of 2017.

The song is from their debut EP, Who’s Gonna Save Us Now, which is out next Friday, March 3rd.

Crystal Cities are Geoff Rana (vocals/guitars), Jared King (bass/backing vocals), and Daniel Conte (drums).

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Emma Dewing – “Buttons” (Thousand Oaks, CA, USA)

RIYL: Charlie XCX, Elohim, Vérité

Emma Dewing has just released “Buttons”. She has such sultry vocals that drip with complete attitude. The track chronicles the constant see-saw of a relationship where you know you need to walk away, but instead you just stay especially with lyrics like “I wish I was the video game you played”.

Aside from awesome vocals, the track feels theatrical with a hypnotic beat intertwined with traditional piano keys. Ms. Dewing has been releasing tracks for a while now. With “Buttons” we hear a great mix of pop with attitude. We look forward to hearing more from Ms. Dewing.

The single is out now via South By Sea.

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Future Theory – “Eye Of The Storm” (Lincoln, England)

RIYL: The Verve, Grizzly Bear, Temples

Future Theory recently released their EP, Dreams, and we are sharing one of our favorite tracks from the release. “Eye of the Storm” is hypnotic yet commanding as the band effortlessly flows through a perfect mix of psych and shoegaze. The vocals remind us of some of 90s era rock greats (The Verve, Stereophonics, etc).

The band’s EP can be purchased on Bandcamp.

Future Theory are Max Sander, Chris Moore, Jake Scarbro, and Rohan Parrett.

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Jake McMullen – “Falling” (Nashville, USA)

RIYL: Jesse Marchant, Jesse Mac Cormack, Old Sea Brigade

Jake McMullen just released “Falling”, and it’s a beautiful 80s inspired folk track. The track is unique and almost rides the lines between a singer-songwriter ballad from the 80s and an indie rock track akin to The War On Drugs.

Even though it’s not easy to pinpoint Mr. McMullen’s style, we do know it’s awesome and memorable. “Falling” is causing us to fall for Jake McMullen’s eclectic style and has us wanting to hear more. The track can definitely get you moving with it’s groovy vibe and is definitely one you can add to any feel good playlist.

The song is taken from McMullen’s forthcoming EP, Giving Up, which is out April 21st.

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Knox Hamilton – “Pretty Way To Fight” (Little Rock, USA)

RIYL: Bad Suns, COIN, CRUISR

“Pretty Way To Fight” is the newest single release by Knox Hamilton. The track is upbeat and amazing indie pop/rock. We hear a bit of an 80s synth vibe going on and it is hard to keep from moving after listening to the track.

“Pretty Way To Fight” speaks about the ups and downs with any relationship. The chorus is addiction and the insane guitar explosions throughout add a nice touch. We are sure this track would be great to hear live.

Knox Hamilton are brothers Cobo and Boots Copeland and Drew Buffington.

“Pretty Way To Fight” is off of Knox Hamilton’s debut album titled The Heights due out March 10 on Prospect Park Records.

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Walker Lukens – “Where Is Thunder Road?” (Austin, USA)

RIYL: Jonny Lang, Jeff Lang, really early The Black Keys 

Walker Lukens is back with a new track, “Where Is Thunder Road”. Walker is one talented artist. His style can turn from a total bluesy rock to using his signature loop pedals on tracks like “Lifted”.

We are excited to hear his newest track showing off his bluesy rock side and we can’t help but want to move to this track. The horns are also a super nice touch. Walker will be another artist we will be sure we check out at SXSW this year.

“Where Is Thunder Road” is taken from his forthcoming Ain’t Got A Reason EP, which will be released on April 7th.

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