The Matinee August 5th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure on this fine Friday. We have singer-songwriter fare, dreamy indie pop, feel good indie rock, and awesome synth pop. Artists are representing the US and the UK today. Don’t forget to check back for more tracks tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and of course our mega mega playlist on Sunday. Happy Weekend!
Macy Todd – “I’ve Got A Feelin'” (Atlanta, USA)
RIYL: Amy Winehouse, Joss Stone, Norah Jones
Macy Todd is 19 years old and she is blowing us away with her first digitally released track, “I’ve Got A Feelin'”.
She has a timeless sound and she is enveloping a myriad of genres into her sound including blues,folk, r&b and jazz. “I’ve Got a Feelin'” mesmerizes with Ms. Todd’s passionate vocals complimented by the addition of keys, scintillating guitar and even a bit of whistling here and there. Lyrically, it’s the best track to ruminate to if you are on the outs with your current lover who has done you wrong, or it’s one we can all relate to from failed relationships in the past.
Regardless, Ms. Todd has our attention and hopefully new digital releases will be coming forth as she already has a physical album her local Atlanta fans already have their hands on. Could Ms. Todd be the female counter part that catches fire like recent soul infused artists including Leon Bridges or Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats? We are intrigued to hear more from this young and talented singer-songwriter.
Over Sands – “Heartbeat” (London via Frome, England)
RIYL: The Antlers, For Esmé, Oyster Kids
We are fans of UK duo Over Sands who have impressed us with previous tracks “New Year” and “Memory House”.
“Heartbeat” finds the brother duo of Tom and Ben searching for ways to reconcile the past with the present through a maze of doubt, hope and surrender. The track is mesmerizing and the duo both share lead vocals for the first time which definitely creates some contrast throughout the track. We have a nice blend of laid back dream-pop with a bit of a hip hop influenced beat.
So far with “Memory House” and “Heartbeat” we are intrigued to hear more from their upcoming EP Roman Rooms. The title of the EP ‘Roman Rooms’ is inspired by the memory technique of the same name, which works by associating images and objects in a visualised room, to recall information. In the case of the EP, each song is intended as a room to be explored, with its own objects, images and memories. The EP will be released September 2 via all digital media outlets.
The Rebel Light – “Where Did All The Love Go” (Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: Arkells, Cheerleader, Portugal, The Man
We were so excited to share “Strangers” and “My Heroes are Dead” last year and we have been looking forward to hearing more from The Rebel Light. We love getting e-mails from bands letting us know they are now signed to a label which is the case for The Rebel Light who are now in awesome company alongside The Lumineers, Oh Pep!, Shakey Graves and Wild Child.
“Where Did All The Love Go” is another awesome feel good track from The Rebel Light. They are masters at crafting a timeless sound that brings emotional nostalgia yet you know it’s something brand new. The chorus is addicting even though the lyrical content is about a relationship that is not ideal.
The single is from The Rebel Light’s brand new EP, A Hundred Summer Days, which is the perfect 5 tracks to add to your end of summer festivities. The EP is out today via Dualtone Records.
The Rebel Light are Will Steil (vocals/keys/acoustic guitar), Jarrett Steil (guitars/backing vocals/xylophone/bass), and Brandon Cooke (drums/percussion).
The Statuettes – “Keep Yourself Awake” (Salt Lake City, USA)
RIYL: The Brobecks, Glasvegas, Snow Patrol
The Statuettes formed in 2008 and have been releasing pretty awesome 90s inspired rock since. They have shared the stage with many of our favorites including Alpha Rev, Miniature Tigers and Small Pools to name a few.
“Keep Yourself Awake” is the newest single from their forthcoming album and we are happy to share it. The track takes us on an emotional trip with the singer reminiscing of a past relationship that experienced unrealized expectations and missed opportunities. We hear a little bit of emo wrapped up in the track similar to Jimmy Eat World but with added keys. Singer Michael Gross has a familiar yet distinctive voice which keeps us enthralled throughout.
The Statuettes’ third album, Modern Despondence, arrives August 26th.
The Statuettes are Michael Gross (vocals, guitar), Jimmy Kelly (guitar, keys), Ben Johnson (bass, keys), and Todd Hammond (drums).
Susie Blue – “People Like Us” (Derry, Northern Ireland)
RIYL: Big Deal, Wolf Alice, Black Honey
Sometimes you just need a great dose of female fronted rock. Susie Blue is just what you need to renew your major respect for talented leading ladies of rock bands. Like a modern day Cranberries, we are completely impressed by their maturity and sound.
“People Like Us” is enthralling and addictive and it also speaks to serious issues like homophobia and acceptance. Ms. Donaghy’s vocals are blissful and with the blend of 90s era guitar and 80s inspired synth we have a damn near perfect track. We look forward to hearing more from this Irish quartet.
Susie Blue are Susan Donaghy (lead vocals/rhythm guitar/synth), John Goodman (drums), Caolan Moore (lead guitar), and Mark Doherty (bass)
TENDER – “Outside” (London, England)
RIYL: Fyfe, Max Frost, Phoria
“Outside” is TENDER’s debut single with Partisan Records. We have been following TENDER for a while now ever since sharing their track “Bleed”. TENDER is another band we are excited to see now has label support as they totally deserve it.
With “Outside” duo James Cullen and Dan Cobb takes us on a jazzy, groovy trip that reminds a bit of the awesome basslines similar to Max Frost. Their dreamy vocals speak to a relationship that is about to move on to the next level. “Outside” is the perfect chill out track and one that proves to us that TENDER’s talent is diverse and impressive.
We are excited to hear more from this talented duo and we are sure more will be coming from TENDER later this year.
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