Yesterday, Hollie shared four high-energy singles on the Melodic Tonic to celebrate Labor Day. The Matinee September 8 edition slows things down a bit, although the infectious meter still remains high.

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Helvetia (Switzerland/USA) – “A Dot Running from Dust”

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Take for instance the new single from Helvetia, the project from Built to Spill‘s Jason Albertini. While Albertini and his bandmates Dove Amber, Zeke Howard, Samantha Stifham, and Jim Roth (also of Built to Spill) leaned more towards experimental pop and psychedelic sounds, “A Dot Running from Dust” potentially reveals the band heading in another direction. The track is a melodic, lo-fi stunner etched in the trippy sensibilities of Neu. Just close your eyes and allow Helvetia (pronounced hel-vee-shuh) take you away.

“A Dot Running from Dust” is the lead single from Helvetia’s forthcoming album, Dromomania, which will be released October 2 via Joyful Noise Recordings. The band will be commencing a tour on October 2nd, and you can find tour dates here.

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GEMS (USA) – “Tangled Memories”

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It’s not often that we include a band on back-to-back weeks, but one of our favorites, Los Angeles-via-Washington, D.C. GEMS are getting set to release their awaited debut full-length, Kill the One You Love. The latest single from the album is “Tangled Memories”, which sees the duo of Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher slow things down significantly on this hush and gorgeous tune that is layered with R&B grooves. The addition of the flute adds another lush, dreamy element to the song, further demonstrating the evolution of these soon-to-be stars.

We’re anxiously waiting for the LP since we first discovered them back in January 2014 and the release of the Medusa EP.  Only seven weeks to wait for Kill the One You Love, which will be released October 30 on Carpark Records and is available for pre-order online and iTunes. The band will be touring in October supporting Autre Ne Veut. Find tour dates here.

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Warmest Winter (Brazil) – “Prague, 1968”

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This was a pleasant surprise that arrived in our mailbox. Warmest Winter is the project of Rio de Janeiro resident Tiago Duarte Dias. He recently released his self-titled EP (which can be purchased on Bandcamp) and from it is the terrific “Prague, 1968”. Despite its lo-fi, droning sound, the indie-rock tune has a cinematic quality a la Joy Division and The Doors. The story told in the song also has a movie quality, describing the experiences of two people / lovers during the Prague Spring of 1968. Not only is Dias a songwriter, but he’s also a historian.

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Feverist (England) – “Criminal Mastermind”

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Meet the future of Brit-rock – heck, rock ‘n roll – in Feverist. With the dueling vocals of Dan and Daisy and supported by the rhythm section of Callum and Josh, Feverist have released their latest single “Criminal Mastermind”. It has the power of great ’90s rock bands like Bush and The Tea Party. The heavy guitar riffs, the awesome bass line, and a cataclysmic chorus make this track a perfect entry for the coming of autumn. No word yet on when they’ll be releasing new music, but needlessly to say we can’t wait.

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Delaire (England) – “Belief”

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Another newcomer on the English music scene is Delaire, who has released her official debut single, “Belief”. Her sultry electro-pop with a R&B grooves and an 80s’ synth sound is reminiscent of Australian artist, Banoffee, who we profiled at the end of August, and the great Jessie Ware. With Delaire’s captivating voice, atmospheric melodies, and endearing lyrics, “Belief” embraces you from the start and doesn’t let go. It’s a gorgeous song from a young woman with a tremendous ceiling.

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A Novel Resort (Denmark) – “Olympia”

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There’s not much out in cyberspace about A Novel Resort. After some searching, I was able to find out that A Novem Resort is the solo project of Northern Portrait drummer Michael Sørensen. Northern Portrait were an indie-pop band from Denmark that formed back in 2008. Over five years, they had a niche following with their cinematic, dream-pop. They haven’t released an album since 2012 and since that time Sørensen has released a handful of singles under A Novel Resort.

The latest single, “Olympia”, is his most stunning single yet. Reminiscent of the dream-folk of The Tallest Man on Earth, “Olympia” takes the listener on a stirring and gorgeous trip through time. The song is simply breathtaking and one that you will spin over and over again.

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