It might be the first day of October, but the music is always sizzling. Six new singles are spinning on The Matinee October 1 edition from artists in New Zealand, Austria, England, Sweden, and the USA. Take a listen and discover a new favorite artist.

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Starling (England) – “Wild Heart”

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Dabbling under the radar for the past four years and performing mostly covers, London-based musician Starling has only recently begun sharing her own original music. Her stunning first single, “Take It Down”, was a piano-driven, heart-breaking number that echoed of the gritty beauty of Fiona Apple. Starling’s second single, “Wild Heart”, is a more uptempo, rhythmic, indie-pop track that is absolutely intoxicating from Starling’s sultry voice to the trippy, groovy beat. But what’s remarkable about the single is that it is minimalistic – a drum kit, a dashing of synth, and Starling’s voice – yet has an electro-pop vibe. Starling’s approach is truly like turning water into wine.

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Marlon Williams (New Zealand) – “Strange Things”

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The newest signee to Dead Oceans is 24-year old singer-songwriter Marlon Williams. The native of Christchurch, New Zealand has a dreamy, indie-folk style but, like many New Zealanders, with a cinematic flair. His first single with the great label, “Strange Things”, is a melancholic, haunting number in the mold of Andrew Bird’s folk numbers.

Williams will be making his North American debut when he performs at the CMJ Music Marathon in two weeks. Afterwards, he’ll be off to Europe and then Australia for roughly two months. Check out his tour dates here.

Williams’ first album with Dead Oceans is expected early in 2016, although his debut album is out now. Check his website for details.

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Adult Bodies (USA) – “Drones”

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From Echo Park, California comes electronic duo Adult Bodies. Comprised of Steven Wilkin and Matthew Kiernan, Adult Bodies have released their debut single, “Drones”. The song starts off with a lot of electronic reverb before delving into an R&B-infused, electronic number. The track is beautifully paced and absolutely stunning with an anti-climatic finish. Fans of Maribou State will really dig this up-and-coming duo.

Adult Bodies are in the process of recording their debut EP, which is expected early in 2016.

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JOLYMPIX (Sweden) – “At the Shore”

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Another band getting ready to release their debut EP is Gothenburg, Sweden quartet JOLYMPIX. This week, they’ve released their second single, “At The Shore”. Like Adult Bodies, JOLYMPIX are taking a different approach to electronic, infusing Afro-beat influences into their minimalist approach. It’s not wave after wave of electronic beats, but rather a cascade of instruments and vocals that combined lead to something ethereal. Their style is reminiscent to Bells Atlas, another band combining multiple genres into a stellar sound.

JOLYMPIX’s debut EP is expected later in 2015.

JOLYMPIX are Johanna Nordström (lyrics, music, production, keys, vocals); Joel Wästberg (production, drums); Jonatan Ahlbom (tuba); and Elsa Hedberg (vocals).

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Steaming Satellite (Austria) – “Honey”

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One of Austria’s most popular bands is Steaming Satellite. However, they’re not what you would expect. They’re not an electronic band nor classical oriented. Instead, they play the psychedelic and blues-rock that echoes of the southern US. Some have compared their music to Led Zeppelin, although they’re a lot more melodic than the legendary rockers. “Honey”, which is the lead single from their latest, self-titled album, has an easy-going, southern-rock theme along the lines of Blues Traveler. It’s not characteristic, however, of their rocking sound, which reportedly has made them one of Central Europe’s great live rock bands.

Steaming Satellites are Max Borchardt (vocals, guitar); Matthäus Weber (drums, programming, keys); Emanuel Krimplstätter (keys, synth, bass), and Manfred Mader (bass).

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Kassassin Street (England) – “Yeah It’s On”

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Tomorrow, UK five-piece Kassassin Street will release their new EP, Radio Silence. Their indie-rock is anthemic and dazzling, resulting in the band winning a significant following across the pond. “Yeah It’s On” is the second single from their forthcoming album, and it’s a delirious track that whirls with a ’90s indie-rock vibe – swirling guitars, lush synths, and an entrancing melody. It’s a song meant for a late-night drive or buzzing in a club in the wee hours as the crowd reaches its delirium. This single has hit written all over it.

Kassassin Street are Rowan Bastable, Nathan Hill, Ryan Hill, Andy Hurst, and Tom Wells. Radio Silence will be released by Screaming Goat Records.

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