The Matinee July 28th takes stops in Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the USA, before arriving in England for some new music. Hear eight “new” songs by some of the best and brightest artists from around the planet.
Aldous Harding – “Stop Your Tears” (Lyttleton, New Zealand)
RIYL: Nadia Reid, Gillian Welch, Aoife O’Donovan
For a few years, Aldous Harding has serenaded Kiwis with her personal stories and her beautiful and unique voice. She has achieved some success in Europe, particularly the UK, and soon North American audiences will get to discover why thousands have fallen head over heels for the singer-songwriter. On September 30th, her self-titled, debut album will arrive (via Flying Nun Records), and the lead single is “Stop Your Tears”. The track is a gentle yet gorgeous number that will leave you mesmerized if not hypnotized for every second of its five-and-a-half minutes. Do listen carefully to the lyrics, especially if you have children of your own. You just might shed a tear or two. This song demonstrates why we think Harding is New Zealand’s version of Gillian Welch, so get on the bandwagon and spread the word about this incredible talent.
Anteros – “The Beat” (London, England)
RIYL: Black Honey, Blondie, HAERTS
One of the reasons why he have shared several singles by London group Anteros is that they just create awesome music. Whether it is rock, indie pop, or electro-pop, everything this little band creates is golden, like their new single “The Beat”. While the song’s title and the pop-rock approach is anthemic and even club friendly, don’t mistaken this as just another piece of sweet of ear candy. The song is a track about perseverance and an individual who won’t allow an ex-lover to control her. “The beat goes on and on and on without you, without you“. It’s a simple message but one we should adhere to.
Belle Game – “Yuh” (Vancouver, Canada)
RIYL: Broken Social Scene, Chelsea Effect, Prinze George
It’s about time! We have been waiting a long time for new music by Belle Game, whose sophomore album, Ritual Tradition Habit, was one of our favorites of 2013. Shortly afterward the record’s release, the Vancouver quartet worked with Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin on some new music, but nothing was immediately release. That is until now. Their first single in three years, “Yuh”, was produced by Drew, and there is a noticeable BSS vibe in the track. Belle Game have been known for creating really cinematic and haunting work, but Drew’s influence can be heard. He has taken BG’s trademark sound and made it more dramatic while adding an anthemic quality. If this is what is to be expected moving forward, Belle Game could be on the verge of a major, major breakout.
The single officially comes out on Friday, July 29th via Arts & Crafts.
Jay Som -“Peach Boy” (San Francisco, USA)
RIYL: Wild Nothing, American Wrestlers, Mac DeMarco
It was not that long ago when Jay Som – the project of Melina Duterte – released a 7″ split single. Less than a month ago. Last Friday, she decided to release her new album, Turn Into, and the opening track is “Peach Boy”. The song is awesome. Duterte’s voice is almost unrecognizable as it is layered in reverb, but the effects perfectly complement the summery, jangle-pop vibe of the number. Grab a beverage, sit out on the porch, and spin another great song by one of San Francisco’s finest, emerging artists.
MVRIE CELESTE x Fear The Pries† – “CITY FREAK” (London, England & Toronto, Canada)
RIYL: Burial, Crystal Castles, HEALTH
It is still a puzzle as to why MVRIE CELESTE remains unsigned. She is an extremely gifted musician, who has dabbled in rock and pop with great results. Now she takes her turn at electronic, teaming up with Toronto-based producer Christian Poulsen – a.k.a. Fear The Pries†. The collaboration has produced the apocalyptic “CITY FREAK”. The track reverberates with the dark, anthemic soundscapes of Crystal Castles but merges the haunting ambience of Burial. For nearly seven minutes, your attention will be transfixed on this hypnotic number.
NOTS – “Inherently Low” (Memphis, USA)
RIYL: The Stooges, METZ, Doe
Adding some raging spice to the mini-playlist is NOTS‘ latest single, “Inherently Low”. With the frenetic energy of The Stooges and the blurry guitar work of early Wire, the Memphis all-women group have shared another fantastic punk rocker. It is a song that whether you are with a group of friends or by yourself you will want to start a mosh pit (and yes, one-person moshes do exist). There is nothing more that needs to be said about NOTS other than that this is one awesome band.
NOTS are Natalie Hoffmann (vocals/guitar), Charlotte Watson (drums), Alexandra Eastburn (keyboards), and Meredith Lones (bass).
RACKETT – “BATS” (Sydney, Australia)
RIYL: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Death Valley Girls, White Flag
Speaking of great women rockers, RACKETT is a newly formed “supergroup” of sorts. Comprised of four women associated with different bands in and around Australia, RACKETT have released their debut single, the smoking “BATS”. The song is echoes the ’70s with its no-nonsense approach, catchy melodies, and dance-rock sensibilities. To our ears, they have an unmistakable Joan Jett & the Blackhearts vibe with a touch of Sleater-Kinney and White Flag riot grrl. With this combination, success is on the horizon for the foursome.
“BATS” is the first single from the band’s upcoming debut EP, which is expected some time this year.
RACKETT are Bec Callander (Bec and Ben), Skarlett Saramore (SHE REX, Fait Accompli and Particles), Ally Gaven (Baby Lips & the Silhouettes and Salvador Dali Llama), and Jessamyn Jean (Mylee and The Milkshakes).
SKOTT – “Wolf” (somewhere in the UK?)
RIYL: Lana Del Rey, Lykke Li, Bats for Lashes
We end the playlist with a track by a young singer-songwriter who took the music world by storm when her debut single, “Porcelain”, climbed the Hype M charts. The second single by the mysterious SKOTT, “Wolf”, is just as majestic and beautiful as her first song. What makes SKOTT’s music stand out is how she is able to take delicate melodies and tones and create something that is immersive and captivating. Her songwriting is also fantastic, as she tells a story about unleashing our inner beast and revealing our true selves. So if you are listening to this song under the moonlight, let your inner-self go as you fall for one of 2016’s biggest surprises.
“Wolf” is out now via Chess Club Records.
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