For 2016, we’ve decided to make a few changes (and there are more to come). One is to extend The Matinee by an extra day, so every Saturday we will be sharing between 8 to 10 new singles. We’ve changed its name, though, to Saturday Sampler. We’re doing this because the quality of music being produced gets better and better, and we were leaving off way too many worthy singles. And every Saturday, we (Wendy, Hollie, and Ben) will collectively put together this mini-playlist. We’re going to keep the descriptions brief so you can hear each and every song. So let’s get to the new singles spinning on The Matinee January 16th Edition.
Adult Bodies ft. Beca – “Ghosting” (Los Angeles, USA)
We have been fans of Adult Bodies since sharing their debut track “Drones”. The duo is back comprised of Comprised of Steven Wilkin and Matthew Kiernan. This time they have the help of Beca to help them with their new single titled “Ghosting”. The track is heavy on synth and beautiful vocals of emerging artist Beca.
Cam Penner – “Look Out Your Window” (Calgary, Canada)
The laid-back, Neil Young-meets-My Morning Jacket vibe is strong on this single from Canadian folk singer-songwriter Cam Penner. If you love spending cold winter nights in front of a crackling fire, this is your anthem. It’s from his latest album, Sex & Politics, available now in digital format from iTunes and next month on CD and vinyl. ~~ Hollie
Charlotte Day Wilson – “After All” (Toronto, Canada)
Toronto based Charlotte Day Wilson has a beautiful new track with “After All’. Her vocals and songwriting are top notch and she shares a little be about the track itself. “The song is about trying to gain perspective and about letting yourself succumb to your vices. When I wrote this song, I’d decided to go out with my friends after a long period of hibernating, and I was reflecting on the therapeutic effect it had on me to just go out and go.”
Delouners – “Mirtha Legrand” (Montevideo, Uruguay)
Delouners are from Uruguay and their track “Mirtha Legrand” is an awesome psych rock track off of their album titled Family. The song has the perfect amount of reverb and stellar guitar riffs. Their album is full of 13 awesome psych rock n roll vibes. Delouners is comprised of Santiago Musetti (vocals and guitar),
Patricio Clavijo (guitar and vocals), Pablo Staricco (bass guitar), Diego Macedo (drums).
Francis – “Turning A Hand” (Falun, Sweden)
We’ve shared a few of Swedish band Francis‘ singles, as they take indie-pop to atmospheric levels. The latest single, “Turning A Hand”, though, might be their sonic masterpiece, an immersive and enchanting song that will take your breath away. The quintet of Petra Mases, Petter Nygårdh, Jerker Krumlinde, Paulina Mellkvist, and Oskar Bond will release their second full-length (but first internationally) album Marathon on February 5th via Strangers Candy. ~~ Ben
HOLY ESQUE – “Tear” (Glasgow, Scotland)
Every time we’ve heard a single from Scottish trio HOLY ESQUE, we’ve been not just impressed but blown away. Their new single “Tear” is a glorious, anthemic indie-rocker that reverberates of the great Manchester rock sound. Here’s a band to watch in 2016, as they will drop their debut album, At Hope’s Ravine, on February 26th. ~~ Ben
Lionlimb – “Domino” (Nashville, USA)
Nashville-based indie psych-rock duo Lionlimb will release their debut album, Shoo (via Bayonet Records), in March. These guys from Angel Olsen’s backing band channel the spirit of Elliot Smith with a funky, trippy, bluesy vibe that has us hitting the repeat button – a lot. ~~ Hollie
Michael Nau – “While You Stand” (Cumberland, MD, USA)
We have a soft spot for Michael Nau from his days with Cotton Jones to when he released his first solo single, “Winter Beat”. Like that track, “While You Stand”, is intricacy and intimacy sung to perfection. It’s a song that will place Nau alongside great singer-songwriters like Elliott Smith and Sufjan Stevens. Nau’s debut solo album, Mowing, comes out February 19th via Suicide Squeeze Records. ~~ Ben
Passion Fighter – “There Are Rules” (Los Angeles, USA)
Passion Fighter is a brand new artist who recently released his debut EP, There Are Rules, with little fanfare because he dropped it on a dime. He wrote the songs while driving across the United States before landing in Los Angeles. The title track from his EP is a driving alt-folk tune that has the anthemic yet atmospheric quality of Fleet Foxes. This song made us go, “Wow”. What an exceptional debut single. ~~ Ben
Wray – “Pined” (Birmingham, USA)
Birmingham indie rock trio Wray just released their second album (Hypatia, out yesterday on Communicating Vessels), and we’re loving this first single. We dare you not to become mesmerized by the fuzzy layers of lo-fi goodness. ~~ Hollie
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