The Matinee October 20 features six new singles once again from artists originating from Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the USA.

 

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The Casket Girls – “Sixteen Forever” (Savannah, GA, USA)

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There are songs that grab hold of you immediately like a vice grip, where you stop everything that you’re doing and just sit in a state of hypnosis for those three or four minutes. “Sixteen Forever”, which is the second single from Casket Girls‘s new album The Piano Album, does just that. Haunting and deeply enchanting with its slight piano melodies and the chilling vocals of sisters Elsa and Phaedra Greene, “Sixteen Forever” is an indie-pop tune that could be the outcome of a partnership between Lana Del Rey and Richard Swift. Instead, it’s the genius of the collaboration between Elsa and Phaedra Greene, who write and perform all of the vocals, and Ryan Graveface, who writes and plays all the song structures.

The Piano Album is out now via Graveface Records and can be purchased on Bandcamp.

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Dead Ghosts – “Around and Through” (Vancouver, Canada)

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Another band with a new album out is Dead Ghosts, the Vancouver-based quartet who have been blaring infectious garage- and psychedelic rock for nearly a decade. Love And Death And All The Rest was released on Friday and from this rocking record is “Around and Through”. Unlike their previous efforts, Dead Ghosts take a more restrained approach, where it’s less “in-your-face” but still extremely trippy, infectious, and, in it’s own subdue way, cathartic. “Around and Through” echoes of the reinvention of 1970s rock ‘n roll by The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The reverb of the guitars, the tickling of the keys, the subtle touches on the drum kit, the great bass line, and even the jangling of the tambourine – this song is simply awesome.

Dead Ghosts are Bryan Nicole, Drew Wilkinson, Mike Wilkinson, and Maurizio Chiumento. Love And Death And All The Rest is the band’s third studio album, and it’s available via Burger Records. Purchase it at the label’s store, iTunes, Amazon, and eMusic.

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Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – “Sunny Afternoon” (Stockholm, Sweden)

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There’s only one way to describe Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation‘s “Sunny Afternoon” – spellbinding. While the song is embedded in ’70s psychedelia, it is so much more. The heavy percussion combined with the stark pounding of keys give the song a dark almost guttural feel. It’s a track made for autumn and late October, a track that will be buzzing in your head for days as Halloween approaches.

“Sunny Afternoon” is the lead single from Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation‘s forthcoming, debut album, Horse Dance, which will be released by Rocket Recordings on November 6.

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Lucy Mason – “Lightning Strikes” (London, Great Britain via Sydney, Australia)

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A few months ago, we were introduced to London-based singer-songwriter Lucy Mason with her stunning “Seas of Grey”. Despite her youth, her music is poignant and dazzling. Her latest single, “Lightning Strikes”, is another captivating track that reflects on a past relationship. Unlike some electro-pop songs which rely on the electronic beats and effects, Mason has a great knack of ensuring that her voice is the star while using the music as the complementary piece to the stories she conveys. Mason is a musician with an immense future with her catchy sound and personal songwriting style.

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Sara Angelica – “Run (Prod. Pieces of Juno)” (Vegårshei, Norway)

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Speaking of artists going places, newcomer Sara Angelica of Norway is an artist to watch. Already a gifted photographer, Angelica is now embarking on a career in music. Angelica’s debut single, “Run”, is part electronic and part trip-hop, meandering slowly through the dark, hypnotic landscape that she has crafted with the assistance of Oslo producer Pieces of Juno. In a word, the track is mesmerizing.

The single is being released by Oslo label and night club KOSO, which is an all-female creative collective focused on supporting independent, female musicians make their mark on the music world.

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Two Cartoons – “Males” (London, GB via Dunedin, New Zealand)

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A band we’ve been watching for the past several months is Two Cartoons, the duo Bradley Craig and Isaac McFarlane who originally formed in Dunedin, New Zealand but have since moved to London to expand their musical palettes. Their latest single sees the band move away from the lush, 70s LA music sound of their previous singles to more of an anthemic, catchy indie-pop-rock sound. “Males” is a rapturously fun and lively tune that has a touch of really early Arctic Monkeys. The one thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the duo’s underhanded humor, which adds another bit of amusement to this entertaining single.

“Males” will be on Two Cartoons’ forthcoming album, Happiness is Trouble. Release date TBA.

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