The Matinee November 12 moves from hypnotic shoegaze to delirious and wonderful power punk-pop. The mini-playlist will leave you breathless. Let’s get to the tunes by six great bands / artists from Australia, Canada, Norway, England, and the USA.

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Bloodhounds On My Trail – “Jolly” (Melbourne, Australia)

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Last year, Melbourne-based Bloodhounds On My Trail released their debut EP, Escape, which received a tremendous amount of buzz within the Australian shoegaze community. The EP is getting a second life. In addition to the original four songs, a new song and a remix by Ummagma (one of our favorites) will be added when the album becomes available internationally. One of the songs from the EP is “Jolly”, which is a mindblowing, interstellar odyssey of crystalline guitars and hallowing vocals. Or in other words, it would be the perfect marriage between Slowdive and M83.

Escape II officially drops November 26 via Raphalite Records. You can listen to it in its entirety as well as pre-order it on Bandcamp.

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Coves – “Stormy” (Leamington Spa and London, England)

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Coves, one of our favorite bands since we started The Revue and who had one of our 50 favorite albums of 2014, return with a new song. “Stormy” retains the duo’s fantastic, dazzling dream-pop melodies thanks to Beck Wood’s captivating voice. The song, however, is edgier, as John Ridgard’s guitar explodes out of the speakers with great riffs and, for good measure, sprinkles of shoegaze. The song is an anthemic pop-rock track that will add to the growing legend that is Coves.

“Stormy” is the lead single from Coves’ forthcoming, sophomore album, which is expected in March of 2016 via 1965 Records – a little label that is re-starting operations after a short hiatus.

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Mayflower Madame – “Lovesick” (Oslo, Norway)

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A psychedelic revival is now a solid two, three years old and touching all corners of the planet. Among those leading the charge in Norway is Mayflower Madame, a four-piece outfit who released their debut EP in 2013. The band is getting set to release their debut full-length in March 2016, and the lead single is “Lovesick”. The song is dark, haunting neo-psychedelia, lying somewhere between Richard Swift‘s solo work, the contagious sounds of The Black Angels, and the trippy vibe of Wooden Shjips.

Mayflower Madame are Trond Fagernes (vocals, guitar); Rune Øverby (guitar); Petter Gudim Marberg (bass); and Ola Jørgen Kyrkjeeide (drums).

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Nadia Kazmi – “Haunting of the Heart” (Calgary, Canada)

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The best way to describe Canadian Nadia Kazmi is that she’s a chameleon. She isn’t restricted to any single genre, effortlessly moving from rock ‘n roll to punk-rock to blues rock to alt-rock to folk-rock. Earlier this year, she released a pretty cool cover album of Leonard Cohen songs. In addition, she released an EP entitled, Lamb. From that wide-ranging album is “Haunting of the Heart, which is a brooding blues-rock tune. The storytelling and the gritty, haunting sound is reminiscent of P.J. Harvey.

On the rest of the EP, Kazmi channels everyone from Ty Segall to Joan Jett, and it can be heard on SoundCloud. Pick it up on iTunes (US|CAN) and Amazon (US).

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Over Sands – “New Year” (London via Frome, England)

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Mystifying, it’s the only way to describe the music of London-based duo, Over Sands. The brothers’ songs are ethereal and warm and immensely intimate, as evidenced on their latest single “New Year”. It’s easy to get lost in the lush melodies and the hallowing vocals, much like the work of Astronauts, etc. and The Antlers. While this is Over Sands’ third single, it is arguably their best and most stunning.

Some extra information about the single, most of the recording was done in an isolated beach house near the brothers’ home. The backing vocals, meanwhile, were completed in an abandoned WWII bunker, which adds to the haunting even gloomy quality of the song.

No word on what is next for the brothers, but at the rate they’ve been releasing new singles and covers, we should expect something around the December holiday season or early in the new year.

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Patsy’s Rats – “Rock & Roll Friend” (Portland, USA)

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Meet the latest addition to the Burger Records family – Patsy’s Rats. The quartet from Oregon’s Rose City makes awesome power-punk-pop songs. In August, they released their self-titled, debut EP via boutique label La-Ti-Da Records (get it at the band’s Bandcamp site below), and it will be re-released on November 13 by Burger. The lead track from the three-song EP is “Rock & Roll Friend”, a melodic, punk-pop number that is highly infectious. It’s a heart-racing, energizing track that makes you want to move at a high speed for its 3-minute, 36-second duration. Here’s a young band with a great sound and a really bright future.

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