Tag: Synth-Pop

The Matinee October 19th

The Matinee October 19th

The Matinee October 19th is an all-women affair. Each of the songs is from either a female solo artist or a female-fronted band. There are plenty of reasons for this, but mostly because women are making the best and most creative music today. The nine songs showcase how far and wide the talent and ingenuity extends (and no, it’s not […]

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St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’ (album review)

St. Vincent – ‘MASSEDUCTION’ (album review)

Annie Clark’s appeal extends across multiple borders. For the better part of the past ten years and under the moniker St. Vincent, she is recognized as one of the most innovative voices and artists in music. She has been featured in Q magazine while gracing the covers of NME, Guitar World, and Nylon. She is a fashion trendsetter with more […]

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Saturday Sampler October 14th

Saturday Sampler October 14th

Everyone knows about the Friday the 13th movies, but how many know about Saturday the 14th? It’s a cult movie made in 1981 that was a parody of horror movies, where some of the great monsters and villains are turned into punch lines. It’s not a very good movie, but it’s entertaining. On that note, we promise you that the […]

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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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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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Barns Courtney – LP release gig – Dingwall’s, London (photo review)

Barns Courtney – LP release gig – Dingwall’s, London (photo review)

Barns Courtney released his new LP today and celebrated by playing an intimate gig to a room full of adoring fans. Dingwall’s is a basement space in a red brick warehouse in the heart of Camden Market in London. While I was waiting for the support band, a 19-year old actor asked me about my camera and what I’d recommend. […]

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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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The Matinee September 26th

The Matinee September 26th

There is plenty of variety on The Matinee September 26th edition. R&B and soul, ambient electronica, synth-pop, drone neo-psychedelia, twee-pop, bedroom pop, and, of course, indie rock populate the mini-playlist. Each and every single song is worth investing the time because the bands and artists will surprise you with their musical and songwriting talents.   Bully – “Running” (Nashville, USA) […]

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The Matinee September 22nd

The Matinee September 22nd

As we do every Friday, The Matinee September 22nd has nine songs to help you kick off the weekend. We kick things off a bit differently, featuring one of the great indie-rock artists and arguably the best songwriter of her generation as well as the return of a great UK band.   Angel Olsen – “Special” (Asheville, NC, USA) RIYL: […]

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The Matinee September 21st

The Matinee September 21st

Autumn has officially arrived, and The Matinee September 21st edition reflects the changing of the seasons. These songs are lot darker and subdued, without a summer anthem to be found. Some of the nine songs, however, will amuse you, others will haunt your mind for days, and the rest will leave you spellbound. Haley Heynderickx – “Oom Sha La La” […]

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The Matinee September 19th

The Matinee September 19th

It’s time to go gallivanting around the globe in search for new music. The Matinee September 19th has nine songs from artists in seven countries. You’ll recognize a few of them if you’ve been following this space, and there are, of course, some newcomers. You might want to be sitting down for some of the songs because they are absolutely […]

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The Matinee September 18th

The Matinee September 18th

The Matinee September 18th includes 6 new tracks for the start of your week. As summer is winding down, we have no shortage of energizing songs to get you going for the week. We have artists representing Australia, Italy and the UK. HÅN – “1986” (Italy) RIYL: Woodes, Kllo, Yumi Zouma HÅN has mesmerized many with her debut track “The […]

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Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, Camden, London. 8th September 2017 Toronto-based Alvvays came to KOKO to play tribute to their new album, Antisocialites. KOKO is an old Victorian-style theatre with steeply banked levels and balconies overlooking a crowded dance floor. It’s gone through other incarnations (I used to go clubbing there when it was Camden Palace), and the opulent red and gold chamber […]

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The Matinee September 12th

The Matinee September 12th

From bone-jarring stunners to body-moving disco glam-rockers and amusing indie rock, The Matinee September 12th edition will hopefully brighten up your Tuesday. Anna Leone – “My Soul I” (Stockholm, Sweden) RIYL: Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Miya Folick The Matinee kicks off with a song from a newcomer who will blow you away. Before you press play, find a place where […]

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Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Dishy Tangent – Notting Hill Arts Club, London (photo review)

Absent Kelly presents….Sonic Sketch, featuring Dishy Tangent. Notting Hill Arts Club 9 September 2017 What’s not to like about Dishy Tangent? Four good looking blokes from Canning Town in the East End of London, creating great tunes. I was asked by DJ Sonic, or bass player Del Sajiwandani as he is also known, to take some portrait shots of the […]

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The Matinee September 11th

The Matinee September 11th

Today’s Matinee will kick your week off right. We have 6 upbeat and awesome tracks to help wind down the end of summer with some upbeat synthpop, electro pop and indie rock. Artists are representing Austria, Australia and the US today. filous – “For Love” (ft. klei) (Vienna, Austria) RIYL: Chet Faker, Flume, ODESZA “For Love” is the newest from […]

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The Matinee September 8th

The Matinee September 8th

A kaleidoscope of new music is featured on The Matinee September 8th edition. There’s something for everyone, so spin each song and enjoy the artistry of these emerging artists and bands.   Anna of the North – “Always” (Oslo, Norway) RIYL: CHVRCHES, Yumi Zouma, Keep Shelly in Athens Today is the big day for Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith, who […]

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The Matinee September 7th

The Matinee September 7th

Around and around we go, where The Matinee September 7th edition stops, no one knows! Well, we do know where it stops: today’s mini-playlist visits a country for the first time. Eight new songs are featured below, including the latest by one of indie’s greats, plus a 2008 single from one of the most underrated artists of our time.   […]

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LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’ (album review)

LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’ (album review)

Sometimes with an album review it’s difficult to properly convey the range of emotions that are expressed throughout a record. Not so with the newest, post-breakup album by seminal New York band LCD Soundsystem. Six years ago the band disappeared, and with that their sonically danceable music seemed to belong to the history books. They have since reunited for their […]

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JOSEPH OF MERCURY – ‘JOSEPH OF MERCURY’ (EP review)

JOSEPH OF MERCURY – ‘JOSEPH OF MERCURY’ (EP review)

Every year, a few artists emerge on the scene who completely bowl people over with unforgettable voices and styles that simultaneously feel retro yet fresh. JOSEPH OF MERCURY, the moniker of Joseph W. Salusbury, is one such artist. The Toronto-based singer-songwriter is a throwback to a time when ballads were heartfelt stories and not just songs. Back to a time […]

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