We have eight songs featured on The Matinee May 24th edition. There are some familiar names and plenty of new ones. Just to change things up, the songs are listed in reverse, alphabetical order.
WILDES – “Illuminate” (London, England)
RIYL: Lorde, Daughter, Lana Del Rey
Earlier this year, 19-year old Ella Wilde – or simply WILDES – released one of the most striking and remarkable debut singles to come out in a long time. “Bare”, not surprisingly, was a massive hit within the blogosphere with dozens of sites – including us – proclaiming that it was only a matter of time that Wilde will become a star. Her sophomore single, “Illuminate”, which was released yesterday, only further validates our belief in her potential. The song is an absolutely stunning and breathtaking song, and the emotions that radiate throughout will buckle your knees. Very few artists are able to create music this beautiful and emotionally crippling, yet Wilde through two songs has shown she is no ordinary singer-songwriter – she’s an exemplary one who is about to become a household name.
Swimming Tapes – “Set The Fire” (London, England)
RIYL: The Radio Dept., Real Estate, Smith Westerns, Gin Blossoms
If you are a fan of jangly dream-pop then turn up the volume and take a listen to the second single by London newcomers Swimming Tapes. “Set The Fire” is tailor made for a summer’s eve – a light, breezy tune that take you away to sunny places and wind-swept landscapes all the while leaving a permanent smile on your face. If you have a convertible, put the top down, spin this tune, and play it loud. If you do not, pretend you have one and imagine the wind blowing through your hair.
Swimming Tapes are Robbie Reid, Jason Hawthorne, Louis Price, Paddy Conn, and Andrew Evans, who could very well explode much like Real Estate did nearly five years ago.
The single is out via Hand in Hive.
Queue – “More” (Northeast USA)
RIYL: Sharon Van Etten, Warpaint, Fleetwood Mac
No matter what people tell you, first impressions are important – extremely important. Take for example newcomers Queue, who made a huge impression on us when they released their debut single, “Falling Into Skies”, over two months ago. Their second single is another stellar track. “More” is much more intimate and serene than their debut; it is like a moonlight stroll with a loved one that you do not want to ever end. Yes please, we will have some “More”.
“More” is single off Queue’s forthcoming, debut EP, Frames, will comes out June 28th.
Queue are Olivia Price, Tyler Ringland, Aida Mekonnen, Dan Snelling, and Steve Vannell. The five are, for now, scattered across the eastern US, specifically Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York.
Hidden Charms – “Cannonball” (London, England)
RIYL: Temples, Sundara Karma, The 1975
We do not always find artists early. Actually, often we are a little late to the game, such as in this case with London-based quartet Hidden Charms. Better late than never, but how did we miss these guys? Already a favorite among music fans in the UK, Hidden Charms’ brand of indie pop-rock is highly infectious and cathartic, and these traits are revealed in full force on their new single “Cannonball”. It’s a pulverizing song not because it rocks out hard and there’s a blistering guitar solo. Instead, it achieves that with a terrific bass line and a masterful control of tempo that creates urgency in the song. Then the little guitar solo comes in to finish us off. “Na na na nah! Na na na nah!” This will be spinning in your head for days. No wonder they have opened for the likes of Benjamin Booker and Hanni El Khatib.
Hidden Charms are Vincent Davies (vocals/guitar/bass), Ranald Macdonald (vocals/keys), Josh Lewis (guitar) and Oscar Robertson (drums). They will be heading out on a mini-tour starting Sunday. See dates here.
Glass Spells – “Away From Space” (San Diego, USA)
RIYL: Karen O, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Joy Division
Southern California quartet Glass Spells have quickly emerged as one of our favorite hidden gems we have “discovered” this year. Their brand of disco-punk-rock is infectious yet gritty and raw, and their sound is best evidenced by their single “Rebellion”, which we had the privilege of premiering the video earlier this year. “Away From Space”, though, is making a case as Glass Spells’ signature track. This one, though, has an industrial vibe a la mid-70s-era Manchester to give it an grittier undertone. It’s one of those tracks where the synths take over your mind while Suz Gonzalez’s vocals just hypnotizes you.
Glass Spells are Suz Gonzalez (vocals), Anthony Ramirez (bass/synths), Michael Rascon (synths), and Mallory Garcia (drums).
Casket Girls – “Sixteen Forever” (Savannah, GA, USA)
RIYL: Lana Del Rey, Milk & Bone, HAIM
Back in October, Casket Girls originally released a piano-version of “Sixteen Forever”, which was a delicate and haunting rendition. The trio have opted to re-work the song for their forthcoming new album, The Night Machines, with additional production elements. While the sound is more expansive, the intimacy, urgency, and beauty of the original remains, but on this rendition the song is taken to more dramatic and suspenseful heights. But what really takes the track to a whole different level isn’t the production, but the inclusion of the banjo that adds an eerie feeling to the song. This is just another example of the immense creativity of sisters Elsa and Phaedra Greene (vocals/songwriting) and Ryan Graveface (production/instrumentation).
Cadence Kid – “Hold On Me” (Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: Peter Bjorn & John, MGMT, Foster the People
Jason Turbin has already made a name for himself as a composer within the movie and television industry, having written music for films like Oculus, Dementia, Pawn Shop Chronicles, and Life of Crime. He is now embarking on his most ambitious project – that as an aspiring songwriter. Under the moniker Cadence Kid, he has already released two songs but it is his third song where Turbin has found his footing. “Hold On Me” is a terrific pop tune, but it is not your typical generic pop song. It is warm and summery, catchy and engaging, and anthemic without going into the usual bag of tricks (over samples, extended, nonsensical choruses). In hearing this track, it begs the question, “What took Turbin so long to become a songwriter?”
Bad Wave – “Extraordinary” (Los Angeles via Miami, USA
RIYL: Postal Service, Pet Shop Boys, Phoenix
One listen of Bad Wave‘s new single, “Extraordinary”, might make you think you’re re-living the late ’80s. This engaging, synth-pop tune is like a guilty pleasure – something that you may not at first admit to liking but just end up playing endlessly and then telling everyone about it. There’s nothing to be ashamed about in loving this sun-drenched track, especially considering songwriter Tucker Tota’s style and vocals are akin to Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service) while producer Patrick Hart does his best imitation of Jimmy Tamborello. Let’s be honest, this song is pretty awesome (did you expect me to say extraordinary?).
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