Music, Singles, The Revue — April 2, 2018 at 5:00 am

The Matinee ’18 April 2nd

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The Matinee ’18 April 2nd includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have an eclectic bunch to get your Monday started, after a possible three day weekend. We have artists representing Australia, Canada, the US and the UK today.

Bravestation – “Deeper Than Oceans” (Toronto, Canada)

RIYL: Al Green, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye

Toronto based Bravestation are back with a new sound in “Deeper Than Oceans”. The duo is definitely on the electronic side, but this time they deliver a complete R&B inspired track with a 70s funk vibe. Their newest track is sensual and the perfect love song to add to your other Marvin Gaye or Al Green tracks.

“Deeper Than Oceans” is definitely owed to the person that completes the other. Remember radio dedications on Friday nights? Well this could have been one with it’s retro feel and proclamation of love for another. The lyrics state:

“I’d do anything for you
You’re deeper than oceans
take me to the floor
girl you’ve got everything
I don’t need more”

Bravestation are brothers Devin and Derek Wilson. On their Facebook page they elude to another album coming sometime in the future.

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Halcyon Drive – “Silver Ray” (Melbourne, Australia)

RIYL: City Calm Down, Foals, TV on the Radio

Halcyon Drive recently released the track “Silver Ray”. It’s got a great beat and can definitely be one of those upcoming summer tracks to jam on a warm sunshine filled day. The trio are becoming pros at producing slick beats, infectious harmonies packaged up with mesmerizing synthpop.  This track we are loving the fast percussion with added drum beats, prominent guitar riffs and funky electronic elements. The lyrics are smooth as well as the vocals proclaim “swim along, swim along, slippery like a silver ray / tell me do you got to go?” The addicting ooohs and ahhhs also complete the upbeat vibes on the track.

Halycon Drive also released a pretty cool video to go along with the song. The band are embarking on an April tour in support of Silver Ray. You can find their Australian dates and tickets here.

Halcyon Drive are Michael (guitar/loops/vocals), Max (drums/vocals), and Basil (bass/synth/vocals).

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HOVER BORED – “Safe Side” (Manchester, England)

RIYL: INHEAVEN, Dead Pretties, Nai Harvest

“Safe Side” is the newest track from Manchester based HOVER BORED. The quartet are making pretty awesome grunge inspired pop. The newest track is filled with scuzzed out guitar, ample reverb and a urgent yet commanding energy throughout.

The quartet share a bit about their newest release: “With our music constantly adapting, ‘Safe Side’ captures the progression we have made over the past year” the guys explain,“It began as a throwaway idea until we made it the ending of another song. We fell in love with the energy that this small interlude brought to rehearsals and shows; so we decided to make it a full track.”

HOVER BORED are James, Luke, Warren, and Sam.

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Lilla Drömland – “When The Sun Goes Down” (Toronto, Canada)

RIYL: Psychic Ills, The Limiñanas, Moon Duo

Lilla Drömland (formerly known as ILUMINAS) have a debut single titled “When The Sun Goes Down”. Their debut track brings a very awesome blend of 90s grunge inspired rock with a melodic feel. The duo (and real life couple) have been creating music for over 8 years.

Their newest release is the beginning of a song per month for the duo and their newest band name allows for creative freedom with their new musical direction. “When The Sun Goes Down” has the perfect amount of reverb with a foundation reminiscent of early 90s slacker/grunge rock. There is a melancholic vibe to this track, yet the vocals of Ms. Johnston keep you enthralled throughout. We are excited to hear more from the duo as they kick off this new creative journey.

Lilla Drömland are Breanna Johnston and Mark Rendall.

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Stereo Honey – “What Makes A Man” (London, England)

RIYL: Blaenavon, Marsicans, Wild Beasts

We marked Stereo Honey as having one of our favorite EPs of 2017 with Monuments. The band are back with “What Makes A Man”.  The single is soaring indie pop that also includes a retrospective subject matter regarding what men (boys) are made of.

Singer Restrick talks about the meaning behind the song:  “What Makes A Man is loosely based around the Emma Payne poem ‘The Boxer’ in that it concerns a figure that starts to unravel. In the song the figure, like the boxer, is broken, clinging to some vestige of manhood even as it reveals itself to be fantasy. And yet, this figure clings to this fantasy with desperation, because it’s the only thing that is known to it. Masculinity is regressive, it teaches young boys not to show vulnerability, not to talk about their feelings, never to show weakness, not to be afraid”.

“What Makes A Man” begins with a more serious tone and then erupts into an extremely melodic indie pop tune. The chorus is unforgettable and will stay with you long after first listen. The slick guitar work and building percussion finish of this track in the best way. We look forward to hearing more from Stereo Honey this year.

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Sunbathers – “Heart Of The Night” (Baltimore, USA)

RIYL: COIN, flor, Junior Prom

“Heart Of The Night” is the newest release from Baltimore based Sunbathers. It’s a great slice of indie pop that can be added to any upbeat playlist. The track takes us back to the past as the lyrics talk about high school days and the beginning of a relationship as the lyrics state: lazy thoughts endless hunger we went drinking like all the others
facing off against the stubborn heart of the night”

We not only have a melodic indie pop track, but the band continue to meld indie pop/rock with a new wave spin on each new release. The blend is quite addicting and their latest release continues to prove their talent as a band.

Sunbathers are Sean Lynott, Tim Boaté, Pete Mindnich, Peter Leonard, and Shohsei Oda. They recently announced they will be playing the Firefly Festival this summer.

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