Category: Music

Ocean Hope – ‘Rolling Days’ (album review)

Ocean Hope – ‘Rolling Days’ (album review)

Throughout history, very few bands create music that evokes images and emotions of their name. Band names are often just a label or a term with a hidden meaning. For Greek sibling duo Ocean Hope, however, their descriptor describes their sound – that of the warm breezes that flow through the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas and across the country’s hundreds […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 7th

The Matinee ’18 June 7th

The Matinee ’18 June 7th is an all-women affair. Each of the songs either features a female singer-songwriter or a woman leading the band. The mini-playlist is just further evidence in our long-held belief that women are making the best and more creative music today.   The Beths – “Happy Unhappy” (Auckland, New Zealand)  RIYL: Alex Lahey, Anna Burch, […]

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Optivion – ‘Light Spindle’ (album review)

Optivion – ‘Light Spindle’ (album review)

Fusing east and west in alternative electronic quirkiness, Optivion first came to our ears’ attention back in 2015 with Free Unicorn. Drawing influences from literally all over the place, Alex (lead vocalist/percussion/harmonica/guitar) and Rie (backing vocalist) have combined their talent once more with the release of Light Spindle. As they explain: The album is about the process of creativity: a […]

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LOCKS – ‘Skeletal Blues’ (album review)

LOCKS – ‘Skeletal Blues’ (album review)

 A mélange of dark and introspective sounds, the British band LOCKS recently released their debut album, Skeletal Blues, which is a collection of Gothic blues that explores the complex darkness inside everyone of us. The string-based quartet (guitar, fiddle, and double bass plus drums) works from where Lou Reed or even an older Leonard Cohen might have left it […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 June 6th

Melodic Tonic ’18 June 6th

A current of uplifting energy permeates the Melodic Tonic ’18 June 6th edition. From soul-stirring R&B and mind-bending experimental fare to vibrant indie pop, these six tunes offer the boost you need to get through the rest of the week. Curtis Harding – “It’s Not Over” (Atlanta, USA) RIYL: Michael Kiwanuka, Leon Bridges, Son Little Have you heard the new […]

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Natalie Prass – “The Future and the Past” (album review)

Natalie Prass – “The Future and the Past” (album review)

 In 2015, I described Natalie Prass’ self-titled debut as “everything I love about music. It’s music you can dance to, and music you can cry to.” Since then, she’s actually recorded two records, scrapped one, and released her proper sophomore record, The Future and the Past, on June 1st via ATO Records. According to an interview with Consequence of […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 5th

The Matinee ’18 June 5th

What do a Swede, an Aussie, three Americans, two Brits, and two Dutch groups have in common? No, this isn’t one of those bar jokes. Instead, they make up The Matinee ’18 June 5th edition. Seven of the songs are ear-worms and two are stunning, emotionally crippling tunes. Together they form one great mini-playlist. We kick things off with a […]

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Sam Evian – ‘You, Forever’ (album review)

Sam Evian – ‘You, Forever’ (album review)

“In the end I will run back to you”, Sam Evian lushly expresses on “IDGAF”, the opener to his superb sophomore full-length, You, Forever. These nine words describe both the theme and emotions that fill the album’s eleven songs. In other words, You, Forever is made for summer road trips, as wind-swept, coastal melodies breeze through each track. The journey, […]

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Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’ (EP review)

Dahlia Sleeps – ‘After It All’ (EP review)

 Over in the UK, a renaissance in electronic music is happening. Pigeonholing the cinematic affairs of Phoria, Maribou State, and London Grammar within the genre, though, would be a disservice to their creativity and innovation. Some call it alternative, but post-rock indietronica pop is a more fitting categorization. Another band making some of the most gorgeous and breathtaking music […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 4th

The Matinee ’18 June 4th

The Matinee ’18 June 4th includes an ample amount of rock to get you moving for this upcoming week. We have bands representing the Netherlands, The UK and The US today. We hope you find your new favorite artist, song or band today. Backgammon – “Other Side Of Town” (Ermelo, Netherlands) RIYL: The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Stereophonics “Other […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.21

Weekend Showcase 4.21

On this first weekend of June, we celebrate with 44 songs from across the globe on the Weekend Showcase 4.21. Some familiar names, plenty of hidden gems, and just one radical playlist. The artists and bands come from eight countries, including: Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the […]

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First Impressions: Neko Case ‘Hell-On’ (album review)

First Impressions: Neko Case ‘Hell-On’ (album review)

To say Neko Case has had a storied career would be an understatement. In over two decades, she has released two albums with Her Boyfriends; six solo albums, including her latest Hell-On; plus a great collaboration with k.d. lang and Laura Veirs (case/lang/veirs); and, of course, another seven LPs with The New Pornographers. From possessing one of the great voices in […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 1st

The Matinee ’18 June 1st

Happy June everyone! To celebrate the arrival of one of the grandest months of the year, The Matinee ’18 June 1st features some sizzling and some cool new tunes. A few alumni of our mini-playlists are making another appearance while there are a few newcomers worthy of your attention. We start things off, though, with a cinematic number that will […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 31st

The Matinee ’18 May 31st

The Matinee ’18 May 31st is loaded with songs that musically and thematically focus on better days ahead. With this being the last day of May, sunnier and hopefully happier moments await us. Nine songs once again occupy this mini-playlist.   Afrikan Boy Feat. aJan – “Ancestry” (London, England via Lagos, Nigeria & Berlin, Germany) RIYL: Young Fathers, K-OS (we […]

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Jenny Hval – ‘The Long Sleep’ (EP review)

Jenny Hval – ‘The Long Sleep’ (EP review)

The Long Sleep EP by Jenny Hval Throughout her fifteen-year musical career, Jenny Hval has firmly established herself as one of music’s great minds. Through her six solo studio albums, Hval makes every output not just a form of entertainment but an experience. On some occasions, they are psychological or metaphysical explorations (e.g., Innocence Is Kinky), and other times they […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 May 30th

Melodic Tonic ’18 May 30th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 May 30th edition takes you around the world in search of the newest tunes. This week’s playlist features six new sizzles from artists in Australia, UK, and the USA. Let’s begin with a double dose of blissful dream pop. Barrie – “Tal Uno” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: Alvvays, Beach House, Best Coast The shimmering “Tal Uno” from […]

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Joel Sarakula – “Coney Island Getaway” (video premiere)

Joel Sarakula – “Coney Island Getaway” (video premiere)

Three years ago, retro-soul and R&B artist Joel Sarakula released one of the year’s coolest outputs with Imposter. He followed that impressive album with another thriller from the ’60s and ’70s in Love Club. This time around, however, he infused more disco and psychedelic vibes to create an even groovier and mood-altering soundtrack. One of those songs is “Coney Island […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 29th

The Matinee ’18 May 29th

The Matinee ’18 May 29th edition is filled with plenty of new bands or artists. Some are so new that they have a limited social media presence. Most of the musicians listed below have small followings, so now is the time to get on the bandwagon so you can tell your friends in the future that you knew about them […]

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Gold Connections – ‘Popular Fiction’ (album review)

Gold Connections – ‘Popular Fiction’ (album review)

Popular Fiction by Gold Connections Will Marsh – a.k.a. Gold Connections – will in all likelihood be always linked to Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo because they are good friends and Toledo produced Marsh’s fantastic debut – and one 2017’s best – EP, Gold Connections. Marsh isn’t the first and won’t be the last person to be linked to a […]

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Annabel Allum – ‘Sorry I’m Not Perceptible’ (EP review)

Annabel Allum – ‘Sorry I’m Not Perceptible’ (EP review)

In her roughly three years performing, Annabel Allum has earned the reputation as the future of the UK indie-rock scene, following in the footsteps of PJ Harvey, Nadine Shah, and Kate Bush. Like the aforementioned legends, her songwriting is as edgy, sharp, and piercing as her music. Her last EP, All That For What, highlighted her combination of power and […]

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