Music, Singles, The Revue — September 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

The Matinee September 24

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With summer behind us, it’s time for the sounds of autumn to take shape. Six more new singles spin on The Matinee September 24 edition.

Rebecca Everett (Canada) – “Sting of a Kiss”

There are several reasons why one should visit Toronto, Ontario – great restaurants, the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, and a terrific music scene. And no, it’s not all about Drake, Feist, or Metric. There are dozens of emerging bands and artists to check, some of whom we’ve profiled recently (e.g., For Esmé). Another one to add to the list is Rebecca Everett. The singer-songwriter, who is originally from Victoria, British Columbia but has not established roots in the home of the Blue Jays, is getting set to release her third album, Seven Shades. The lead track is “Sting of a Kiss”. The song with its brooding, smokey, bluesy sound, has a suspenseful, cinematic quality a la Timber Timbre. It’s a song that would be perfect in either a future James Bond film or True Detective, which isn’t surprising as Everett has written music for television shows. This track is absolutely intoxicating.

Everett’s Seven Shades comes out October 2nd.

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The London Souls (USA) – “Steady”

If you’re looking for more a jamming blues-rock sound, then look no further than The London Souls. While their single “Steady” isn’t technically new (it was released late spring), I’ve included them on The Matinee because they’ll be performing at Austin City Limits and we, at The Revue, really like this duo from New York City. Their live shows are mind-blowing with Tash Neal blazing his electric guitar and Chris St. Hilaire pounding on the drums. “Steady” is a great example of the power blues-rock that the duo play that tickles with a touch of Lenny Kravitz, particularly Neal’s brash vocals. Here’s a band that for seven years has steadily seen its following increase, but they still remain largely underrated.

“Steady” is from The London Souls’ new album, Here Come the Girls, which is available via Feel Music Group / Round Hill Records. It can be purchased at the duo’s Bandcamp page, iTunes, Amazon, and eMusic.

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Carroll (USA) – “Green Acres”

Signed to Entertainment One Music, Minneapolis quartet Carroll are discovering that dreams do come true. Last week, they released their self-titled debut album, a sparkling collection of indie pop-rock tunes. Their first single, “Alligator”, received significant buzz, including for its music video that premiered on CMJ. However, the star of the album is “Green Acres”, a psychedelic-pop tune that weaves in and out of a dream state much like Tame Impala’s work.

The entire album is pretty great. Produced by Jonathan Low (The War on Drugs), there is an ’80s vibe that percolates throughout the album with the dashing synthesizers, elongated keys, and crystalline guitars. Pick up the album on iTunes.

Carroll are Brian Hurlow, Max Kulicke, Charlie Rudoy, and Charles McClung. Discover this emerging band who are going places.

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Slaughter Beach (Denmark) – “Clear Insight”

Described as a “prop-pop” band, I’ll just say they’re a indie pop-rock band. While they have released singles in the past that have resulted in comparisons to Modest Mouse, The Raveonettes, and Beach House, their latest single, “Clear Insight”, is an infectious and dramatic psychedelic-pop tune. With the buzzing synthesizer, the midtempo rhythms of the drums, the falsetto vocals of Nikolaj Westi, and the mi-fi approach, the song resembles the delirious pop music of Avi Buffalo. “Clear Insight” has instant crowd pleaser writtern all over it.

The song is the lead single from Slaughter Beach’s forthcoming EP, Love/Venice, due out October 9th via Norwegian label Brilliance Records.

Slaughter Beach are Nikolaj Westi, Hasse Mydtskov Mads, and Emil Aagaard.

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Baston (France) – “Sword”

There’s very little information about Rennes, France band Baston, although they have a pretty decent following in overseas. Much of this could be explained by their catchy and scintillating garage-pop, as demonstrated “Sword”. Blasting with crystalline guitars and shoegaze sound, “Sword” is anthemic, blistering, and just flat out awesome. The double climaxes on the song only adds to the thrills.

“Sword” is one of seven tracks on Baston’s recently released EP, Gesture, which is out via Paris indie label Howlin Banana Records. Purchase the album at the label’s store, Bandcamp, and on iTunes and Amazon.

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SOFTSPOT (USA) – “Abalone”

For their first three or four years of existence, SOFTSPOT were primarily an electro-pop duo comprised of Sarah Kinlaw and Bryan Keller, Jr. Over the years, they’ve expanded to a four-piece, adding friends Blaze Bateh and Jonathan Campolo, and the result is much fuller sound. The band released their first album together as a foursome last year with the droning and deep Mass. A year later, they’ve returned with the ethereal “Abalone”, which is really two songs joined into one. The first half is stark yet beautiful with Kinlaw’s soft voice hovering above the soft guitar strings and the bubbling rhythm section. The second half is a soft-rock, instrumental burner full of shoegaze-y guitars and a cascading bass line. The track is simply mesmerizing.

“Abalone” is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming new album, which is expected possibly later this year or early 2016.

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