Author: Ben Yung

YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

YONAKA – ‘Heavy” (EP review)

After bursting onto the scene in 2016, YONAKA immediately became one of the UK’s buzziest bands. Comparisons to Wolf Alice were inevitable with their combination of gritty, explosive indie rock and foreboding storytelling. Not surprisingly, Atlantic Records UK quickly signed the Brighton-based quartet, further fueling expectations that a record was on the way. Finally, YONAKA’s first EP arrived on Friday, and […]

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Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ (album review)

Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ (album review)

Alex Lahey has a lot to say, and she’s wasting little time sharing her stories with us. Since breaking out in Australia as a Triple J Unearthed find with “Air Mail” in 2015 and the viral hit, “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” in early 2016, the Melbourne-based artist has emerged as the country’s next big music sensation. Last year […]

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Pale Honey – ‘Devotion’ (album review)

Pale Honey – ‘Devotion’ (album review)

Guitar-drum duos are supposed to be loud and heavy, playing some mix of The Black Keys-style bluesy garage rock or the thunderous rock of Japandroids or Royal Blood. It’s a proven fact – or so we’ve been told. Gothenburg duo Pale Honey, though, are no ordinary duo. Their debut EP, Fiction, and first LP, Pale Honey, showcased the pair’s ability […]

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The Matinee October 10th

The Matinee October 10th

While Halloween is coming, The Matinee October 10th edition actually has a touch of spring and summer, which is just perfect for those recovering from the long weekend. The songs are also largely retro, and this is more of a coincidence. As always, we circumnavigate the globe to find the best new music from indie’s hidden gems. Black Sonic Revolver […]

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ISADORA – “P.O.M” (single premiere)

ISADORA – “P.O.M” (single premiere)

Timing is everything. We are strong believers in this old adage. Whether it is meeting someone by chance or even planning when to have dinner, timing is important. In terms of music, the phrase applies in many ways, such as well-timed rhythms, a perfectly placed chorus, or that moment of euphoria that blows you away. With respect to Israeli electro-pop […]

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Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade – ‘Cry Cry Cry’ (album review)

It’s easy to forget the impact Wolf Parade had on Generation X’ers and, to an extent, Millennials. Whereas Nirvana represented our teenage angst in the ’90s, the Montreal-via-Victoria, British Columbia band revealed the concerns and uncertainties of people as the world in the mid-2000s was rapidly changing. At home, in the office, in the classrooms, technology was taking over while […]

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Yumi Zouma – ‘Willowbank’ (album review)

Yumi Zouma – ‘Willowbank’ (album review)

Willowbank by Yumi Zouma In an era where shimmering dream-pop made for secluded dance clubs is made with computers, electric drums, and analogue synthesizers, Yumi Zouma are throwbacks. This isn’t a term usually associated with the four twenty-somethings from New Zealand’s South Island, but they’re still predominantly a guitar-bass-drums-keyboard band. Their music, as such, has a ’70s and ’80s feel, […]

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Shelita Burke takes a midnight “Drive” on her sultry new single (premiere)

Shelita Burke takes a midnight “Drive” on her sultry new single (premiere)

Special. That’s the title of Shelita Burke‘s forthcoming debut EP, which finally comes in less than two weeks. To date, the DIY, globetrotting singer-songwriter has shared three songs, and each one has been different. Some readers may already be familiar with each single, but it’s worth running through them one more time. The first was “Penetrate”, which was released earlier […]

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The Matinee October 6th

The Matinee October 6th

The Matinee October 6th is filled with exciting and jumping new music from around the globe. Two long-time favorites make their return after lengthy absences, a few Matinee alumni are once again included, and two young women make their debut with mind- and mood-altering singles. To the mini-playlist we go, commencing with a singer-songwriter who we’ve loved from afar for […]

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Cuesta Loeb – “Charlotte Hill” (video premiere)

Cuesta Loeb – “Charlotte Hill” (video premiere)

Thirteen months ago, we debuted Cuesta Loeb‘s second single, “Dive”. The edgy but dreamy number introduced the world to a young woman who had the songwriting chops of Fiona Apple, the artistic brilliance of Emma Ruth Rundle, and a voice akin to Hope Sandoval. In the past year, she released a couple of more singles, including the enrapturing indie folk-rocker, […]

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The Matinee October 5th

The Matinee October 5th

A European invasion, led by three from Sweden, takes over The Matinee October 5th edition. Some songs are perfect for the fast-approaching spooky holiday and others will just make you smile. Let’s get started with a song by one of the great indie bands of this century. Wild Beasts – “Punk Drunk & Trembling” (London, England) RIYL: Wild Beasts, Metronomy, […]

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‘Philokalia’, the modern Greek tragedy by Keep Shelly in Athens (album review)

‘Philokalia’, the modern Greek tragedy by Keep Shelly in Athens (album review)

Keep Shelly in Athens likely will never become huge global sensations because their music isn’t made for the massive electronic / EDM festivals nor the trendy, beat-thumping nightclubs. Their downbeat, trip-hop approach is instead best heard in dark, intimate places, such as the secluded underground clubs of Berlin and London or even one’s bedroom. Only in such settings can one […]

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Otherkin’s fast and furious ‘OK’ (album review)

Otherkin’s fast and furious ‘OK’ (album review)

As U2 are set to release their fourteenth studio album, Songs of Experience, later this autumn, it’s time to ask the question, “Who is Dublin’s next great band?” Is there a band out there that possesses the same energy and thoughtful songwriting of U2’s youthful days, when records like Boy, War, and The Joshua Tree were part of political and […]

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The Matinee October 3rd

The Matinee October 3rd

The Matinee October 3rd edition has a throwback vibe with many of the songs channeling the sounds of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. There are also some innovative, contemporary tunes, but for those who like the classics will enjoy many of today’s selections.   BEACHWARE – “Rip City” (Auckland, New Zealand) RIYL: Allah-Lahs, Ephrata, Ariel Pink While most of […]

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Nelson Can deliver a knockout blow with the emphatic ‘EP3’ (EP review)

Nelson Can deliver a knockout blow with the emphatic ‘EP3’ (EP review)

Who says a band needs a guitar to be electrifying? Sure, everyone likes a great guitar solo, and shoegaze wouldn’t exist without the steely instrument. But for any doubters of the bass-drum-voice combination, Nelson Can‘s new EP, the unpretentiously named EP3, will change your thoughts on the approach. After performing together for nearly six years, Selina Gin (vocals), Maria Juntunen […]

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Prom Queen showers contrasting brilliance on ‘Doom Wop’ (album review)

Prom Queen showers contrasting brilliance on ‘Doom Wop’ (album review)

Leeni Ramadan is an artistic tour de force. Although she has focused her efforts around her musical project  Prom Queen, her talents extend well beyond writing compositions and lyrics. Her sophomore “record”, Midnight Veil, was a video-based album where the music revolved around the film (see it here). She’s a videographer, and she’s likely a designer given the elaborate costumes […]

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The Matinee September 29th

The Matinee September 29th

The Matinee September 29th includes 9 amazing track to get the beginning of your weekend started off right. As usual we have an eclectic mix of awesome indie bands and artists for your listening pleasure. We have artists representing Australia, Canada, US, The UK, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden today. Check back tomorrow for more on our Saturday sampler and […]

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Museums tell a modern fairy tale with “Winter 91” (single premiere)

The term cinematic is used (and likely over used) to describe music’s effect on its listeners. These songs feature spellbinding compositions or are reminiscent of ’80s coming-of-age movies. Rarely, though, is a song cinematic in both its sound and story because writing a fresh, innovative, yet personal tale in five minutes or less is an immensely difficult task. So what […]

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The Matinee September 28th

The Matinee September 28th

Rock. That’s pretty much what you will find on The Matinee September 28th edition. There’s no electro- or synth-pop, no indietronica, and not even indie-pop. Every single song today is guitar-driven. Seven of the songs are outright rockers and only two could be considered “pop-rock”. There’s also a huge European flavor, particularly from the UK, on the mini-playlist because, let’s […]

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Peek into ‘Taking It to Heart, vol. 2′ with The Wet Secrets’ unreleased single (premiere)

Peek into ‘Taking It to Heart, vol. 2′ with The Wet Secrets’ unreleased single (premiere)

Nearly a year ago to the day, Calgary-based indie label Treeline Recordings released their first album. It wasn’t, however, any ordinary record. Founder Ryan Montemurro wanted to create a compilation featuring some of the best talents in Canada in order to raise funding for the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. Thirteen artists and bands – including The Operators, The […]

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