Here’s the second edition of The Matinee. Some new music for your listening pleasure. If you missed the inaugural version, check it out here.
Júníus Meyvant – Hailslide
The term “Icelandic soul” seems like an oxymoron for purists who consider Detroit or Northern England the genre’s primary sources. If you subscribe to this notion, prepare for the sweet, pleasant surprise that is Júníus Meyvant.
Last fall, Júníus Meyvant (real name: Unnar Gísli Sigurmundsson) released his first single, “Color Decay,” a soulful blend of folk and pop. “Hailslide” bears the same sunny mix of strings and horns. It’s upbeat in a subdued way. His four-song debut EP is out July 17 on Record Records and is available on iTunes. ~~~Hollie
The Good Life – “The Troubadour’s Green Room”
It’s been eight years since Tim Kasher (from the Nebraska indie band Cursive) has released anything with his side project, The Good Life. This single – a gem of smart indie folk-pop – finds Kasher reflecting on the bigger questions of life. He’s singing for a variety of reasons, as he explains over a gently driving bass line and gauzy harmonies. The upcoming album, Everybody’s Coming Down, is out 14 August on Saddle Creek Records. ~~~ Hollie
Song Sparrow Research – “…Even Today”
Seattle-based Song Sparrow Research creates such lush dream pop that it could be prescribed as an antidote to stress and anxiety. The layers of bass, synth, cello, and glockenspiel (seriously!) blend with frontman Hamilton Boyce’s warm, sophisticated vocals to create an atmospheric vibe that’s gorgeous and relaxing. The group has been together since 2006, so it’s surprising they’re not better known outside the Pacific Northwest.
Chelsea Wolfe – “After the Fall”
For years, Chelsea Wolfe has mesmerized music fans with her dark, brooding, and often cinematic music. She’s now about to release her fourth album, and the latest single is “After the Fall”. It’s a haunting song that may leave chills down your spine from Wolfe’s hallow vocals to the deep notes of the keys. Yet when hearing it, there’s a dark beauty to it, like a dramatic rock opera.
Copywrite – “Philophobia”
A newcomer to the scene is Melbourne, Australia quintet Copywrite. Their music, though, isn’t the typical sound one would expect from the Victoria state city. Instead of jangle-pop, Copywrite’s debut single, “Philophobia”, is a deep, brooding, indie-rock number. Their approach is more align with the indie-rock coming out of the UK, specifically Leeds and Brighton, which have nurtured young bands wishing to employ darker soundscapes to match the deep introspection of their lyrics.
Copywrite will be releasing their debut album, A Heart of Glass, on August 11th. ~~~ Ben
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