From Spain to Australia, New Zealand to Canada, and across the USA, The Matinee June 30th edition uncovers more hidden gems to add to your indie music collection. Many of the songs aim to take hold of our souls and never let go, and you likely will not mind.
Brandyn Burnette – “Underneath” (St. Louis, USA)
RIYL: YNGCULT, Molly Moore, Jason Mraz
Brandyn Burnette has established a name for himself as one of progressive soul’s rising stars. However, there is a side to him that does not often get shared, where he strips the music back and freely exposes his emotions for all to hear and listen. This is heard on “Underneath”. The electronic effects and instruments are reigned way back – and some even removed – allowing Burnette to carry the song. The first half of the song particularly is terrific, where only Burnette’s voice and a piano can be heard before the percussion, guitar, and synth kick in. If only all progressive soul songs sounded as endearing and intimate as this one.
“Underneath” is from Burnette’s new EP, State I’m In. It can be purchased on iTunes.
Follin – “Memories” (New York City & Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: Electric Youth, Purity Ring, FURS
Not sure how this single slipped through our fingers, but like they say – better late than never. Follin is the new project of brother-sister duo Madeline (of Madeline of Cults) and Richie James Follin (of Guards and Willowz), who have decided to set aside their sibling rivalry and create music together. The result is some of the most spectacular and stunning electro-pop you will hear this year, and this is evidenced on their immaculate single, “Memories”. It only take a few seconds to be sucked into Follin’s retrospective world and to be enchanted by Madeline’s sweet and captivating vocals. If only every memory sounded as sweet and delicious as this song, our lives would be absolutely perfect. Pick up the song over at Father/Daughter Records.
Ghost Wave – “All U Do Is Kill” (Auckland, New Zealand)
RIYL: Pond, Temples, Beach Fossils
Spinning a coastal wave of whirling psychedelia is Auckland-based Ghost Wave with their awesome new single, “All U Do Is Kill”. A psychedelic tune has not sounded this cool and summery since… well, probably never. What the duo have done with the song is immensely clever – weaving in 60s surf-pop into a ’70s psychedelic approach. It is also one of those rare songs that is sonically visual, where you can see a kaleidoscope of psychedelic colors spiraling in a circle while people decked out in disco gear dance uncontrollably. The song would also be perfect for a Kill Bill sequel or it could be your anthem for the summer.
Old Sault – “Sail Home” (Gold Coast, Australia)
RIYL: Marika Hackman, Marissa Nadler, Lorde
Whereas Follin take us down memory lane, newcomer Old Sault – the project of Australian singer-songwriter Angie Farr – guides us on a journey of redemption on her second single, “Sail Home”. The glacial approach and the maritime story are stunning. While some songs create the feeling of floating in air, “Sail Home” makes you feel like you are drifting aimlessly in the middle of the Pacific and the only things that can be heard are the thoughts of home that ring through your mind. To say this song is captivating would be a massive understatement.
Farr’s debut EP, Mostly Worried, is set to be released soon.
Preoccupations – “Anxiety” (Calgary, Canada)
RIYL: Eagulls, Cheatahs, Joy Division
The band formerly known as Viet Cong have returned with a new name, Preoccupations, and the announcement they will release their sophomore album, Anxiety, on September 16th via Jagjaguwar. Can the new record match their sublime debut that was on nearly every “Best Of” and “Favorites” list of 2015, including our own? The lead single from the album is the title track, which retains the introspective, apocalyptic feeling of the debut. But whereas their debut crushed our collective souls with piercing percussion and an aggressive approach, “Anxiety” meticulously disembowels us with its slower and more deliberate approach. It’s a brilliant track that takes us deep inside the mind of a person suffering from a quiet, unspoken illness, where even the simple exercise of taking a breath is a cause for celebration.
Sexores – “U.S.S.R. Girls” (Barcelona, Spain via Quito, Ecuador)
RIYL: Blonde Redhead, Phantogram, Crystal Castles
Sexores may not be a familiar name internationally, but the Barcelona-based band has a loyal following in Spain and their hometown of Quito, Ecuador. With a sound that blends Blonde Redhead, early Phantogram, and Crystal Castles, it will not be long before their fandom extends to the far-reaches of the planet. Their latest single, “U.S.S.R. Girls”, is a haunting, piercing number that takes us back to ’70s and ’80s USSR and the life of women and girls who were exploited during that time. The song is not just mesmerizing, but a fantastic piece of storytelling.
The Soaks – “Boyfriend” (San Diego, USA)
RIYL: Salad Boys, Ramones, Nai Harvest
We end things with quick, little post-punk song by San Diego trio The Soaks. Their latest single, “Boyfriend”, channels the spirit of Ramones while playing with a slacker mentality of New Zealand’s Salad Boys. While the song speaks to the youthful problems of love and relationships, this firecracker of a song is highly infectious with a story that many of us could relate to. Get jumping, get bopping, or do whatever your heart’s content in spinning this awesome tune.
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