This special edition of The Matinee March 29th features seven singles that will tingle the nerves in your spin, leave your mind in a trance, cause involuntary head banging, and may also induce unexpected dancing wherever you may be. The artists and bands featured extend from Australia to across the two coasts of the US to three European countries. Let’s get to the new music shall we.

 

BEFFROI – “Faint” (Belgium)

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BEFFROI - "Faint"First up is Belgium electronic duo BEFFROI. Their first single, “Swim”, put them immediately on the map with their dark, pulsating sound. Fast forward nearly ten months, and the duo return with their latest single, “Faint”, which continues with their doom electronica that is crippling yet immersive. It’s a song that will just swell inside your head and mesmerize you, like Portishead once did. And to think, the young duo are barely old enough to vote, as Camille is only 19 years old while Valentine is 20. These two have “STAR” written all over them.

You can also hear the second single, “Swim”, on SoundCloud, and the two songs form the duo’s debut EP / split single.

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Chaika – “I Fall” (Leeds, England)

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Chaika - "I Fall"We’ve covered four-piece Chaika a couple of times, and every song has been spectacular. Their latest single, “I Fall”, is no different. “I Fall” drips with the familiar dark psychedelia that has echoed throughout the area (think fellow Leeds compatriots Eagulls), but it swirls with an even greater sense of delirium thanks to the scattered-gun, echo, vocal approach. The vocals, though, perfectly complement the feeling of one being lost and unaware of her surroundings. Tame Impala isn’t the only band creating really great, trippy songs. With “I Fall” and a handful of great songs, it’s time to say it – THIS. BAND. IS. AWESOME!

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Fascinations Grand Chorus – “Welcome” (Brooklyn, USA)

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Fascinations Grand Chorus - "Welcome"Three weeks ago, it was Melby. Two weeks ago, Queue. Last week, Wild Year. This week’s great, music-discovery band is Brooklyn-based duo Fascinations Grand Chorus, who released their debut single this week. “Welcome” is a catchy, lo-fi pop tune that reinterprets the delirious bubblegum pop of the ’50s- and ’60s, which brought us knee-high socks, pouf hairstyles, checkered mini-skirts, and great bands like The Shangri-Las and Chiffons. This track is fun, infectious, and a pure delight.

“Welcome” is the lead single from Fascinations Grand Chorus’, forthcoming, debut EP which is expected some time this year.

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Glass Gang – ‘”Outside Your Love” (Brooklyn, USA)

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Glass Gang - '"Outside Your Love"A little shimmering dance-pop song is what we need to celebrate the oncoming warmer weather. The new song by Glass Gang, “Outside Your Love”, fits the bill. In a phrase, “Outside Your Love” is a euphoric explosion of sound that dazzles with every note and crescendo. The Brooklyn-based quartet have taken Arcade Fire’s knack for creating anthemic and dramatic songs and combined them with My Bloody Valentine-esque shoegaze. The result is one outstanding track that will delight every bone in your body (even though the song is about recovering from a broken heart).

This is Glass Gang’s first single in nearly 18 months. They’ll be releasing more singles this year, which we’ll predict will come out just in time for summer.

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Jo Kathleen Marie – “The Next Step” (Melbourne, Australia)

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Jo Kathleen Marie - "The Next Step"We’re always on the search for the next great singer-songwriter, and Melbourne has become one of the spots to look for one. The latest is Jo Kathleen Marie, a young artist whose style differs from the indie-rock, jangle-pop, and electronica with which Melbourne has been mostly associated. Instead, her music comes right out of England with her brooding, electro-pop style. Her new single, “The Next Step”, echoes the ethereal brilliance of Daughter and the crushing storytelling of its frontwoman, Elena Tonra. In this case, like a great storyteller, Marie tells the story of a young person dealing with mental illness, trying to get through each day one step at a time.

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Peyote Coyote – “Follow Through” (Pompano Beach, FLA, USA)

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Peyote Coyote - "Follow Through"Whereas CHAIKA took us down the rabbit hole, Florida trio Peyote Coyote are taking us to the beach with their jittery take of ’70s-era psychedelic-infused surf-rock. Their new single, “Follow Through”, is rambunctious, infectious, and just a wild and fun ride. You’ll want to be shaking your hips and dancing uncontrollably for the first 2 1/2 minutes, but the final 45 seconds gear down into a slow burner of a rocker. Can’t wait to hear what’s next for this band.

Peyote Coyote are Ryan Huseman (vocals/guitar), Jake Stuart (bass), and Cari Gee (drums/vocals).

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Tamar Eisenman – “2 Step Dance” (Los Angeles, USA via Jerusalem, Israel)

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Tamar Eisenman - "2 Step Dance"An emerging star in her home country of Israel, singer-songwriter Tamar Eisenman has transplanted herself to Los Angeles in an effort to expand her talent and career. With a song like “2 Step Dance”, there is little doubt she’ll become a household name. This song isn’t what you expect it is. It’s not an electronic track, but rather it’s a roots-infused, world-beat track has the catchiness of a Milky Chance tune if Pete Seeger was leading the procession. Yes, this song is driven by a banjo while an acoustic guitar, a slide guitar, an electronic drum beat, and the occasional trumpet echo in the background. The song is simple but brilliantly executed. Keep an ear open to Tamar Eisenman. We certainly will be.

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