Here’s the first Matinee for September, which means school is back in session (or will be soon) and autumn is around the corner. To help you overcome the dread of the leaves turning color and the weather starting to cool down (although it’s still balmy in many parts of the world), we’ve got some great music for you to enjoy. Let’s get the Matinee September 1 edition started that spans different parts of the globe and involves a couple of long-distance relationships.
Palace Winter (Denmark & Australia) – “Menton”
First up is a multi-national duo that is relatively new to the scene. Palace Winter is a partnership involving Carl Coleman and Caspar Hesselager, who respectively reside in Melbourne, Australia and Copenhagen, Denmark – or nearly 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometres) apart. Despite the distance, they’re getting set to release their debut EP this fall, and the second single is the indie pop-rock number “Menton”, which has an ’80s-rock vibe a la White Denim, Bop English, and The War on Drugs. The song demonstrates that with technology distance can be overcome.
Medication is due out on October 2. The band is unsigned – for now.
Salad Boys (New Zealand) – “No Taste Bomber”
Last month, we featured Salad Boys‘ lead single, “Dream Date”, from their forthcoming debut album, Metalmania, which will be released via Trouble in Mind on September 18. The second track is “No Taste Bomber”, an old fashion, college-radio, rock ‘n roll track that echos of early ’80s R.E.M. – everything from the slight twang, the fuzzy guitar solo, and the low-brow vocals. Just awesome! These natives of Christchurch, New Zealand are heading out on a mini-tour through the US in September and October. Find the tour dates here.
Hills (Sweden) – “Kollectiv”
We head over to Gothenburg, Sweden for third track. Hills are basically psychedelic rock’s answer to Explosions in the Sky – instrumental rockers that just make you go ballistic. Now, they do say a few words on some of their tracks, but their music is largely instrumental, like the awesome “Kollectiv”. Let your hair down (if you have any) and rock out with this zany and terrific band.
The Seeers (USA) – “Aliens”
A little closer to home are The Seeers, an indie-rock band from Norfolk, Virginia. Not a band to sing about the usual songs (they’re often by wild dreams, adventures, or the mundane events that govern our lives), their high-octane, hook-laden rock will have music fans recalling Black Lips and The Fratellis. Get moshing as you spin the track. Or just get their debut EP, Early Songs, which has been released by Windian Records. The album is available at the label’s store, iTunes, and Amazon.
MARBL (Israel & UK) – “Time Takes Time”
Another long-distance duo on the list is MARBL, which is the project of singer-songwriter Moria Or, who resides in Israel, and producer Jonathan Maimon, who calls London, UK home. The lead single and title track from their forthcoming EP is the delicate and stunning folk-pop number “Time Takes Time”. Or’s gentle but lush vocals hover above the strumming of an acoustic guitar. The harmonies of the song are terrific (although Or’s vocals may be looped in the background), and it recalls the beauty of harmonic band Lucius.
The duo’s upcoming EP, Time Takes Time, comes out October 15. Pre-order it on iTunes.
CHINAH (Denmark) – “We Go Back”
CHINAH are one those bands that aren’t from where their name suggests. Based out of Copenhagen, Denmark and not Asia, the trio of Fine, Simon, and Simon create sultry electro-pop. Their new single, “We Go Back”, is a stunning and R&B-infused number that has the scintillating grooves of a Jessie Ware track but the buzzy and intimate rhythms of Purity Ring. CHINAH, who have only been on the scene for a few months, has seen their star brighten quickly, as their first single, “Away From Me”, received huge buzz via SoundCloud and HypeM. Get on the bandwagon before it gets too full.
“We Go Back” was released via No3 Records. Expect to hear more singles and possibly a debut album in the coming months.
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