The Matinee June 1st includes a mix of great tracks to keep your mid-week going. We have some awesome indie rock, synth pop, and singer-songwriter fare today. Today artists span Canada, The UK and The US. we hope you find your new favorite band or artist.


Actor – “Power” (Leeds, England)

Actor - "Power"RIYL: Florence + The Machine, Lucius, Laura Branigan

We have been following Leeds based artist Louisa Osborn, aka ACTOR for a while and we have been quite enamored with her style of mixing beautiful vocals and emotive lyrics. She has racked up thousands of spins on Soundcloud and Spotify with her alluring singles.

She is back with an 80s infused synthpop track that is sure to impress. Ms. Osborn shared a bit about the new track:  “I wrote ‘Power’ about wishing there was some mental way you could point your finger at someone you admire and live through them either by stealing their alluring charms, confidence and luck all for yourself. Or even live under their skin for a day until you realise that’s not what you wanted at all.”

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Ben Mhòr – “Seeds” (Glasgow, Scotland)

Ben Mhòr - "Seeds"RIYL: Avi Buffalo, Night Beds, S. Carey

Ben Mhòr is the project of multi-instrumentalist Ben Gracie. We are sharing the title track “Seeds” which is from an April EP release of the same name. With sounds similar to Local Natives with “Seeds”, we hear an awesome mix of soaring alt-folk and meaningful lyrics.

The EP is pretty sublime and if you dig Ben Mhòr’s sound as much as we do, you can pick up their latest EP over on i-Tunes.

Ben Mhòr is of course comprised of Ben Gracie but their live set also includes Matthew Colquhoun, Ross Cochran-Brash and Ben Marshall.

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Only Yours – “Different” (Toronto, Canada)

Only Yours - "Different"RIYL: El Vy, a poppier version of The National, City Calm Down

Led by songwriter Lowell Sostomi, Only Yours are a Toronto-based indie-pop band who have those elements needed for success: unique production and vocals along with lyrics you can relate to. Only Yours recently signed to Pirates blend and based on this debut showing, we are excited to hear more.

“Different” speaks to that one relationship that fills you with hope and has you believing that you really can have something special and different, something that will last.

Only Yours are Lowell Sostomi, Kyle Watt, Devon Henderson, and Shaun Hogan.

Only Yours’ debut single, “Different” is available for purchase here.

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Plastic Picnic – “Nausea in Paradise” (Brooklyn via Seattle, USA)

RIYL: Wild Nothing, The Radio Dept., The Dig

Only established in January of this past year, Plastic Picnic are four gents who performed in separate projects while residing in Seattle and later all ended up meeting in Brooklyn through a mutual friend.  “Nausea in Paradise” is their debut single and it’s a really awesome one.

With “Nausea in Paradise”, we hear a track saturated with feel good summertime bliss that takes you on a sonic ride. After the glorious ending of perfectly placed harmonies and subtle synth, you must hit repeat. With this being the quartet’s debut single, we are super excited to hear more from Plastic Picnic.

Plastic Picnic are Emile Panerio, Lincoln Lute, Gordon Taylor, and Marshall Hunt.

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PLAZA – “Blood Orange” (Hartlepool, England)

PLAZA - "Blood Orange"RIYL: Jaws, Moats, Mogwai, A Place To Bury Strangers

PLAZA are 4 late-teens from the Industrial seaside town of Hartlepool, writing anthems that resonate the trials and tribulations of growing up; youthful romance, lukewarm beers and parmos.

They released their short but commanding debut single “Totem” earlier this year and they are back with “Blood Orange”. Their new track is an awesome mix of shoegaze and hard hitting indie-pop rock with perfectly placed guitar riffs. We can only imagine what a live set from PLAZA would be like.

The single will be officially released on Friday, June 3rd via Beyond The Wall.

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Tom Speight – “Falling” (London, England)

Tom Speight - "Falling"RIYL: City and Colour, The Tallest Man on Earth, Passenger

Londoner Tom Speight has just released his soaring track “Falling” which will be off of his forthcoming EP of the same name out July 8th.

The track is beautifully constructed which includes a soaring chorus with the help of guest Scottish vocalist Rachel Sermanni. “Falling” has those awesome build ups throughout that don’t let you down. We can’t help but want to hear more from Mr. Speight. His talent is evident through his songwriting and composition.

If you are a fan of soaring acoustic based singer-songwriters, you must add Tom Speight to your list.

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