Category: Music

The Matinee October 12th

The Matinee October 12th

We have another nine new music selections for your listening pleasure. There’s quite a bit of variety on this one from cinematic songs that belong in an IMAX film to classically told stories to upbeat earworms. The Matinee October 12th has something for every mood. Ceiling Demons – “The Rose” (North Yorkshire, England) RIYL: Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Cave […]

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Snippet – ‘Human Good’ (album review)

Snippet – ‘Human Good’ (album review)

There has been some heavy lifting happening in the music-making department of Snippet HQ. It’s been just six months since Johnno Casson, aka Snippet, released his magnum opus, Future Melancholy Pop Music, yet here he is again with another album, Human Good. And what’s not to like about that? To get one release in a year from an independent artist of Johnno’s […]

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Weaves – ‘Wide Open’ (album review)

Weaves – ‘Wide Open’ (album review)

The artwork for Weaves‘ sophomore album is rather inconspicuous, but the Toronto-based band could easily have used the image of a middle finger. Or two, three, or four middle fingers because Wide Open is essentially a big “fuck off” record. This isn’t, however, a Taylor Swift-like LP. On the contrary, Jasmyn Burke, Morgan Waters, Spencer Cole, and Zach Bines focus their […]

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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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Melodic Tonic ’17, October 11th

Melodic Tonic ’17, October 11th

Today’s mid-week serving of new music features a global flavor. Featuring artists from Australia to the UK, these six songs offer equal amounts of bright pop and darker electronica. We start with good news from one of our favorite Glasgow bands.   Belle and Sebastian – “I’ll Be Your Pilot” (Glasgow, Scotland) RIYL: Belle and Sebastian You can’t really call Belle […]

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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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The Matinee October 9th

The Matinee October 9th

The Matinee October 9th includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have a bit of an R&B groove going on with some of these tracks and hope that they uplift your mood. Biyo – “Fantasies” (Nashville, USA) RIYL: BASECAMP, Matt Woods, RKCB  Biyo is a Nashville based production duo who are perfecting R&B infused electronic music which is […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.39

Weekend Showcase 3.39

With Friday the 13th around the corner and Halloween close behind it, the Weekend Showcase 3.39 edition is, for the most part, a dark and sinister playlist. As such, get a head start of the days meant to get scare, startle, and haunt you. Fifty-four songs are on the playlist. The artists and bands are representing, coincidentally, 13 countries, including: […]

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Saturday Sampler October 7th

Saturday Sampler October 7th

The Saturday Sampler October 7th edition includes nine pulse-quickening singles from various genres, from Americana to indie rock, pop, and soul. Featured artists hail from Canada, England, Scotland, and the USA. We kick off this weekend playlist with some vivacious UK indie punk.   Adults – “MSN” (London via Brighton, England) RIYL: Dinosaur, Jr., Parquet Courts, Diet Cig, Fidlar We […]

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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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P.O.P.E. – ‘Kings’ (EP review)

P.O.P.E. – ‘Kings’ (EP review)

Spoken word music is a tough genre to get right. Mastering rhythm over melody is a complex art. Giving meaning to the words adds a whole other dimension, requiring authenticity, honesty, and courage. Yorkshire-based P.O.P.E. took on this challenge just three years ago. It was borne out of difficult times when he found himself broke with nothing but books and […]

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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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