Music, Singles, The Revue — September 18, 2017 at 5:30 am

The Matinee September 18th

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The Matinee September 18th includes 6 new tracks for the start of your week. As summer is winding down, we have no shortage of energizing songs to get you going for the week. We have artists representing Australia, Italy and the UK.

HÅN – “1986” (Italy)

RIYL: Woodes, Kllo, Yumi Zouma


HÅN has mesmerized many with her debut track “The Children”, and we have already proclaimed she will be a massive star. “1986” is her newest release and it’s another mesmerizing track that perfectly frames HÅN’s wistful vocals.

She once again proves her lyrical talent, as the song tackles relationships that ultimately end up getting stuck. “1986” has an upbeat pop vibe even though the lyrical content is not so sunny. HÅN continues to keep the listener enthralled with her quality of music which is nothing short of magical.

HÅN shares a bit about her newest single release:

“‘1986′ is to me the strangest track on the EP since it’s very personal lyrically but at the same time, it has a production which is really different from everything I’ve ever made. The question which goes through the song (“why are you still there if there’s no one to please you?”) sums up the meaning of it. Even if reasons are opposite, both sides are stuck in the same situation of misery and what they lack is the action to leave. The song it’s not just a personal tale, but also a sort of reflection of what I have seen around me, there are elements that recur in the most of relationships and they’re at the heart of them. 1986 is the year my parents met.”

“1986” is out now via Factory Flaws.

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Jessica Lea Mayfield – “Offa My Hands” (Nashville, USA)

RIYL: Jenny Lewis, Maggie Rogers, Liza Anne

“Offa My Hands” is the newest single release from Jessica Lea Mayfield. The track is from her forthcoming album that is extremely personal with some songs that chronicle her past struggles with domestic violence. Her strength to come forward is extremely admirable and we are hopeful that her transparency will help other women in an abusive relationship to get help.

On “Offa My Hands”, Ms. Mayfield’s vocals are smooth and inviting as her musical composition soothes and entertains with a laid-back rock vibe that oozes with a touch of country.

Jessica Lea Mayfield’s new album, Sorry Is Gone, will be released September 29th via ATO Records.

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Martin Luke Brown – “Opalite” (London, England)

RIYL: Maribou State, Nathan Ball, Matt Woods

“Opalite” is the newest track from London’s Martin Luke Brown. It’s a beat-heavy track that you can’t help but become immediately mesmerized as soon as Mr. Brown’s angelic vocals contrast with the synths. The lyrics are hopeful and is married nicely with the completely danceable beat. Brown shares a bit about his newest release:

“Opalite as a song began with this hypnotic little drum loop and the words just came out. I write placeholder lyrics all the time and then chip away at them until they’re complete but I pretty much stuck with what rolled on Opalite. It just felt right. It’s about finding hope in something and not wanting to let it go. Whether you find that hope in superstition or religion or love. Whatever really.”

Here’s a bit more on the artist. Brown is a multi-talented artists who spans multiple genres. Some tracks, like “Opalite”, are clearly synth-pop, and others are piano-based (“65 Roses). MLB’s potential is hug,  and he already has a solid following thanks to his wide diversity in talent and musicality.

The single is out now via LAB Records.

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San Fermin – “Asleep On The Train” (Brooklyn, USA)

RIYL: Son Little, Petite Noir, Rubblebucket

“Asleep On The Train” is a B-side track from San Fermin‘s most recent album Belong. The dual vocals of Allen Tate and Charlene Kaye, as usual, wonderfully contrast against the band’s stellar variety of instruments. The track has a brooding tone yet with a theme of togetherness, as each scenario speaks to people helping each other out regardless of the circumstances.

“This song is a b-side that I’ve always liked, but it didn’t quite fit on the record,” says Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the band’s composer and conductor. “The intro starts with kind of train whistle sound, and then the sax and violin come in with this chugging sound that inspired the lyrics to the song. The lyrics are inspired by late nights on the subway, all flickering fluorescent lights and post-party depression.”

San Fermin are Allen Tate (vocals), Charlene Kaye (vocals), Rebekah Durham (violin), John Brandon (trumpet), Stephen Chen (saxophone), Ellis Ludwig-Leone (keyboard/composer/band leader), Tyler McDiarmid (guitar), and Michael Hanf (drums).

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To Kill A King – “Spiritual Dark Age” (London, England)

RIYL: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Frightened Rabbit, Bastille

“Spiritual Dark Age” is the newest release from To Kill A King. The band has a way of bringing together anthem filled tracks with thought provoking lyrics. They definitely haven’t let us down with their newest release as it tackles the age old question of life after death as the lyrics proclaim “don’t get contemplating about the space we live from first breath and then the grave”.

The song, however, is not without hope, as “Spiritual Dark Age” proclaims “Not alone, and you’re not alone in this”. The track definitely has no shortage of energy, as it immediately gets going and doesn’t let up. This would be a pretty awesome track played live.

The band’s third album is expected early in 2018. They are currently on a brief tour of Europe, and dates can be found here.

To Kill A King are Ralph Pelleymounter (vocals/guitar), James Ball (bass), Ben Jackson (keyboards), Grant McNeill (guitar), and Josh Taffel (drums).

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Why We Run – “Firebird” (Sydney, Australia)

RIYL: FAIRCHILD, KAPTAN, Longfellow

“Firebird” by Why We Run isn’t exactly new, but it was recently uploaded to SoundCloud, so we are definitely sharing. The Australian quartet released an impressive debut album last year, Holograms, and “Firebird” is an undeniable slow burner. The lyrics are quite thought provoking about a person struggling with denial as the lyrics state:

Bury your thoughts in wine.
Bring everybody in your life.
The world that you left behind.
Lost in the golden mine.
Tell everybody we’ll be fine.
Carry your past behind

As the chorus progresses, the guitar solo wails in the background and we are left with an impressive track and the realization that Why We Run might be one of the few bands out there today producing really awesome guitar rock.

Why We Run are Nic Cogels, Nick Langley, Ed Prescott, and Lloyd Prescott.

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