Music, Singles, The Revue — November 19, 2015 at 7:45 am

The Matinee November 19


The Matinee November 19 edition is more varied this time around, including indie-rock, dream-pop, alt-country, electro-rock, and electronic tracks. There are also new tracks from two of our favorite bands. Let’s get to the tunes.


Belle Mare – “Dark of My Evening” (New York City, USA)

Belle Mare has become one of my personal favorite bands over the years – not just on the list, but right near the top. My fandom dates back to 2013 when they released their debut album, The Boat of the Fragile Mind. Earlier this year, they released the stunning “Cicada”, and at the time sat down with us for a quick Q&A session. While their new album won’t drop until early 2016, the band’s main songwriters Amelia Bushell (vocals) and Thomas Servidone (guitar) along with Tara Rook (keys/vocals), Gary Atturio (bass), and Rob Walbourne (drums) are working hard on their sophomore album.

Yesterday, they shared the second single from the album, “Dark of My Evening”. The song is a slight detour from the dream-folk the band had mastered on their first album to now heading more in a dream-pop direction. The song, however, retains the dreamy and ethereal qualities that made many fans, including myself, fall head-over-heels for Belle Mare. Bushell’s voice is lush and intimate, and Servidone transforms his guitar into a lightning rod of gorgeous shoegaze. The stirring melodies and delicate rhythms provided by Rook, Atturio, and Walborne plus Rook’s lovely backup vocals transport the song into the stratosphere. It’s absolutely stunning. These first two singles signal an album that will be diverse, expansive, and most likely breathtaking. I cannot wait!

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Brian Carroll – “Wade In The Water” (Boston, USA)

From the New England area comes singer-songwriter Brian Carroll. Using the verb “come”, though, would be misleading because Carroll has long been involved with the Boston music scene. Earlier this year, Carroll released a new EP, Canon, a four-track album of folk and alt-country. From the EP is “Wade In The Water”, a dark, alt-country track that is one part Whiskeytown and another part Justin Townes Earle. The album is wroth a listen, which you can hear over at SoundCloud.

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Darkbird – “Poison Arrows” (Austin, USA)

One could argue that Austin, Texas is the new music capital of the US. Besides the great festivals, there have been some great bands that have come out of the city, including Shearwater, Mobley, Wild Child, Reservations, and a few others who have caught our attention over the years. Another one to add to the list – Darkbird. Their debut EP, “I remember feeling my fingers slip”, will be released on December 3rd, and the lead track is “Poison Arrows”. A dramatic, heart-pounding rocker, the single echos of Wolf Alice with the grit and spice of Pat Benatar. The song is just a glimpse into the band’s enormous potential.

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POLIÇA – “Lime Habit” (Minneapolis, USA)

After making waves in 2012 with their fantastic debut album Give You The Ghost, which was followed by the equally stunning Shulamith in 2013 and a couple of extensive tours, Minnesota’s POLIÇA took some time off to regroup and recharge. The time off seems to have done the quintet wonders because the lead single from their new album is awesome. With a trip-hop beat and haunting vibe a la Massive Attack, “Lime Habit” is mesmerizing with Channy Leaneagh’s voice drawing you in while the light touches of the electronic beats, keys, and electric drums astounding the listener. This little hors d’oervres whets the palette for what United Crushers could be. POLIÇA‘s third album is expected March 4, 2016.

POLIÇA are Chris Bierden, Drew Christopherson, Ben Ivascu, Channy Leaneagh, and Ryan Olson.

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Richard Walters – “July Bones” (London, UK)

Before joining dream-pop band Liu Bei in 2013, Richard Walters had released a couple of albums that were Bon Iver-esque. He’s now returned as a solo artist and this week released the lead track from his forthcoming third album. “July Bones” is a  breathtaking, acoustic-driven track that is a cross between Liu Bei’s dream-pop and Bon Iver’s dream-folk. What stands out is Walters’ voice, which is tender and endearing, perfectly complementing this song of forgiveness.

Walters’ new album, A.M, has a release date of late March 2016.

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VIOLENT MAE – “In My Ring” (Hartford, CT & Outer Banks, NC, USA)

VIOLENT MAE are the second of our big-time favorites to appear today. They stunned us with their awesome, self-titled debut album, from which they shared the earth-shattering “Right Here” and gave us the privilege to premiere the video. Becky Kessler and Floyd Kellogg are now getting set to release their sophomore album, Kid, which will be released on Friday. The first single, “In The Sun”, represented a slight change in sound – edgier and more of a rocker.

The second song, “In The Ring”, builds on the lead track. It’s a cathartic, electrifying, electro-rocker. It is just awesome. If these first tracks are representative of Kid, then VIOLENT MAE will be one of this year’s surprises (well not for us but the rest of the music industry).

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