Tag: experimental

Anohni – ‘Paradise’ (EP review)

Anohni – ‘Paradise’ (EP review)

Paradise by ANOHNI After more than a decade of fronting Antony and the Johnsons, front woman Anohni released her much-celebrated, debut album, Hopelessness, in May 2016. With the benefit of hindsight, the album was more than just a masterpiece. It was timely and poignant, revealing the instability and chaos that were brimming below the surface but have risen since the events of […]

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The Matinee March 13th

The Matinee March 13th

The Matinee March 13th has six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We hope this gets your week started off right. We have a nice mix of indie songs ranging from electro pop, indie rock and singer-songwriter fare.Artists represent the Australia, the UK and the US. Brett Newski – “I Don’t Wanna Go to SXSW” (Milwaukee, USA) RIYL: Elliot Smith, […]

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Debs McCoy – ‘For David’

Debs McCoy – ‘For David’

There are many reasons why musicians are moved to write and record. Creating art comes from the heart, the soul, and the moment of inspiration. Often it can be a way to release emotion and express meaning beyond words. This collection of piano-led pieces, brought together by composer Debs McCoy in her album, For David, emerged when her dear friend […]

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Saturday Sampler January 14th

Saturday Sampler January 14th

We promise that the Saturday Sampler January 14th edition won’t be like the cult movie parody of Friday the 13th. Instead, expect some awesome music that will ignite your weekend.   The Bay Rays – “Satisfaction” (Kent, England) RIYL: Young the Giant, Catfish and The Bottlemen Let’s get the weekend started with a bang, and Kent trio The Bay Rays have […]

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The Bud Collins Trio – “Quasarmoto”

The Bud Collins Trio – “Quasarmoto”

Sometimes music arrives on the scene that defies categorisation. Quasarmoto from The Bud Collins Trio is such an offering. Sounding just a little bit like the vocals have been mixed to the wrong track, this shouldn’t work. Yet strangely…deliciously…weirdly…it does. And then there’s the name. The Bud Collins Trio could be the band that played at your mother’s wedding. As […]

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The Ethereal Ambience of Julianna Barwick (show review)

The Ethereal Ambience of Julianna Barwick (show review)

To observe artists in their environment is often a sight to behold. The superstars often offer shows that include massive screens, choreographed dance numbers, and special effects. They are more spectacles than concerts. But when an artist is traveling by herself and performing in small venues, that is when you get to see her talents shine. Where you truly get […]

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The Matinee October 14th

The Matinee October 14th

I’m sitting outside, laptop in tow, enjoying a gorgeous fall day in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The sun is shining, the brightly colored leaves are floating down to the earth, but not before playfully floating along on the breeze. It’s one of those days where you’re just happy to be alive to experience it. The songs on The Matinee October 14th edition will […]

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Archive – “The False Foundation”

Archive – “The False Foundation”

A profound thoughtfulness permeates across most of The False Foundation, the latest album by electronic symphony Archive. At times, this atmosphere takes on a stark, even sad quality. Other times, it is introspective, contemplative, or even euphoric. The False Foundation, as such, exemplifies what Archive have been doing for over two decades – challenging our perceptions about music, life, and […]

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Saturday Sampler September 3rd

Saturday Sampler September 3rd

We could dedicate the Saturday Sampler September 3rd edition to the long weekend in North America or to all the dads celebrating Father’s Day in Australia and New Zealand, but we’re not. Instead, this playlist goes to Alice Costelloe and Kacey Underwood, who announced on Thursday that Big Deal was dissolving. We wish the two all the best, especially after […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 23

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 23

Welcome to your Monday serving of new music cocktails, where this week’s focus is on powerful female vocalists. Four of the six singles feature talented women whose voices will knock your socks off, if you’re wearing any. So sit back and brace yourself for the intensity that’s coming your way. Let’s get started with a particularly amped-up single that will energize […]

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Xenia Rubinos – “Black Terry Cat”

Xenia Rubinos – “Black Terry Cat”

In 2013, Xenia Rubinos released her fantastic debut record Magic Trix. It was a fun, weird album with music rooted in her Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage. Last Friday, Rubinos released her second album, Black Terry Cat, on ANTI Records, and it is a big shift for the songwriter. Magic Trix was a fun listen, it was chaotic, it was […]

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The Matinee May 26th

The Matinee May 26th

The Matinee May 26th features eight song for your listening pleasure. Taking a page out of Wendy’s playbook, the songs come from artists spread across the globe – from Russia to Australia, from New Zealand to Norway, and cutting across England, Canada, and the United States.   Antrru – “Нуар” (St. Petersburg, Russia via Minsk, Belarus) RIYL: Flume, TYCHO, Stefan […]

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Robjn – “Post-Mortem”

Robjn – “Post-Mortem”

Glance through Robjn’s website and you’ll very quickly realise that this man is all about the music. No cheesy bios, vacuous press blurb or cheeky celebrity selfies, just creativity by the bucketload. So, if the music does the talking, what does Robjn’s latest album Post-Mortem have to say? Bringing a mix of aspiration, fantasy and despair, through both musical and […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 19

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 19

Welcome to this week’s concentrated dose of new music cocktails – a.k.a. Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 19. Instead of the usual full serving of six new songs, this week features four shots of fresh music from European artists that is upbeat, off-beat, and hypnotic. Let’s dive in with a great track to help you kick the Monday blues.   Peter Bjorn & John – […]

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The Matinee April 14th

The Matinee April 14th

The Matinee April 14th is another extended edition, featuring music that spans from Scotland, England, Canada, the US, and Australia. A few of the names you’ll recognize while a couple of “newcomers” crack The Matinee for the first time.   Actor – “Girls Do” (Leeds, England) Louisa Osborn – better known as Actor – has wowed us on several occasions with […]

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The Matinee April 12th

The Matinee April 12th

Like yesterday’s Melodic Tonic, The Matinee April 12th features a number of emerging singer-songwriters who will dazzle you with their poignant storytelling and intimate sound. Then there are a handful of bands who will help put a spark into your day.   Basement Revolver – “Johnny” (Hamilton, Canada) When Alvvays released their debut album two years ago, they opened the […]

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The Matinee March 31st

The Matinee March 31st

For The Matinee March 31st edition, we have six artists and bands who are well positioned to be among music’s biggest, new stars of 2016. Roots rock, art-soul, indie pop, blues rock, indie pop, and indie rock, these six names will be making a huge imprint on their respective genres.   Esme Patterson – “Feel Right” (Portland via Denver USA) […]

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Bonzai – “Sleepy Hungry” EP

Bonzai – “Sleepy Hungry” EP

Let’s get this out of the way – Sleepy Hungry, the second EP by 19-year old Bonzai, is one of the most innovative and remarkable albums I have heard since FKA Twigs’ LP1. It is unlike anything you’ll hear this year, as the young resident from Dublin has created an album that combines multiple genres in a quick 25 minutes. […]

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Mundo: Five Late-Night Specialties (by Twin Haus)

Mundo: Five Late-Night Specialties (by Twin Haus)

One of the unforeseen developments in music since the turn of the century is the rise of post-rock. While the genre has its originals in the mid-90s, the combination of guitar-driven rock, electronica, ambient, and prog-rock started become “trendy” in the early 2000s with the emergence of bands like Sigur Rós, The Amazing, Explosions in the Sky, etc. The post-rock […]

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Ransom Scenery – ear to ear

Ransom Scenery – ear to ear

Ransom Scenery is definitely different. If you dig experimental, then Ransom Scenery is for you. They released a 9 track album back in February of this year which definitely snuck under the radar. The album includes an eclectic mix of esoteric soundscapes. Ransom Scenery is a duo comprised of Drew Lowery and Chaepter Negro out of Springfield, IL. With influences ranging from Deerhunter, […]

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