The Matinee August 3rd includes 6 new eclectic tracks that take you through your mid-week lull. We have acoustic based indie rock, psych inspired rock, genre breaking rock, synth pop and dream pop. We split the matinee between bands representing Canada, Finland, the US and the UK.
Astronauts. – “Breakout” (London, England)
RIYL: Elliott Smith, Andy Shauf, Sufjan Stevens
We are a fan of astronauts. over here at The Revue. Dan Carney never disappoints us with his creative use of percussion and perfectly plucked acoustic based guitars.
With “Breakout” he once again proves his talent of presenting a paradox of sorts – we hear both light and dark, both haunting yet hopeful tones throughout the entire track. As the lyrics plead for helping him “Breakout”, we have an undertone of emotional melodies that take you on a sonic trip.
“Breakout” is taken from his new album, End Codes (Lo Recordings). Mr Carney is currently working on his third album.
Kid Bloom – “Lately It Feels Alright” (Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: Tame Impala, Temples, Wand
Kid Bloom has obvious leanings toward psych inspired rock with easy comparisons to Tame Impala or Temples. The difference is a progressive and refreshing sound another west coast band encompasses, Minus The Bear. Their sound is almost like a hybrid of psych inspired tunes mixed with a bit of calculating math rock. The result is an awesome sound that has totally grabbed our attention.
“Lately It Feels Alright” include vocals that are inviting and comfortable, almost like asking your friend “who’s that band” because they must already be played on the radio. We also have a vibe throughout that is relaxing yet rocking at the same time. They have blended together the perfect amount of psych, rock and pop to position themselves for major crossover potential and breakout appeal.
“Lately It Feels Alright” is from their forthcoming EP, A Different State of Mind.
Kid Bloom are Lennon Kloser (vocals/guitar), Jesse Perlman (guitar/vocals) Brad Bowers (bass), Alex Canter (keys) and Josh Conway (drums/vocals).
The Only Ocean – “Cul-De-Sac” (Lompoc, CA, USA)
RIYL: Bad Family, False Advertising, Hoo Has
“Cul-De-Sac” Is the first single off of their upcoming EP release titled TOO. The Only Ocean is creating atmospheric indie rock that has an addictive and repeat worthy sound.
“Cul-De-Sac” lyrically is about a relationship you feel wasn’t worth you time, with lyrics like “Everything about you is a waste of time, you tricked my eyes to thinking that you were worth the fight.”
Dustin Whalen relays a bit about the upcoming EP ‘we are very excited to release this new music because it’ll give our fans a taste of the kind of direction we want to take. I feel like the new cd sounds a bit more aggressive.’
The Only Ocean is comprised of childhood friends Wesley Hill, Dustin Whalen, Shae Kakos, and Alex Burdess.
Rosemary Fairweather – “Calling Listening” (Toronto, Canada)
RIYL: Japanese Breakfast, Little Dragon, Mitski
Rosemary Fairweather is creating wistful and serene soundscapes to whisk us away into the subconscious. We previously shared “Moonlight” and she is back with the immactulate “Calling Listening”.
“Calling Listening” is a great synth soaked track which provides an almost 80s retro vibe throughout. We once again have Ms. Fairweather’s light yet beautiful vocals take the forefront with the track and leave us desperately wanting to hear more from the talented 23 year old.
Rosemary shares a bit about the inspiration for the track: “Calling Listening’ is a love letter to French retro pop.”
YISHAY – “Home” (Los Angeles, CA)
Every once in a while a unique enough of an artist comes around to where you really can’t compare to anyone else. All we know about YISHAY is that he is a really tall red head from South Central LA self-producing intriguing tracks that cover the spiritual and also contradictory scientific realm.
“Home” has elements of experimental rock akin to Nine Inch Nails but also with a synth inspired tone that melds together hip hop and electronic elements. The track also includes contemplative lyrics like “I’m cynical, but I know what I believe – I finally found my home”. His vocal style is strong yet inviting and his formula is something that begs your attention as it’s not currently like anything else out there today.
“Home” is from his upcoming release, The Trinity Tapes II which you can now hear on soundcloud. The EP’s official release is 8-8-16.
VILLA NAH – “Love Chance” (Helsinki, Finland)
RIYL: Gayngs, Toro y Moi, Washed Out
Villa Nah – the project of Juho Paalosmaa (songwriting/vocals) and Tomi Hyyppä (engineering/beats) – is back after a five-year hiatus and it was well worth the wait.
“Love Chance” might just be the epitome of the perfect dream pop song. It’s got everything one needs to instantly uplift your mood along with Mr. Paalosmaa’s soothing vocals and the perfect amount of synth woven in with ample percussion. The lyrics speak to a love that was once passionate yet needs to be re-energized to what it once was by simply starting over with introspective lyric “Can we find the meaning through words behind the feelings – love chance.”
“Love Chance” is from the upcoming album Ultima, which arrives September 16th via Solina Records.
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