The Matinee August 10th edition has 6 awesome new tracks for this fine humpday. As the summer is winding down (even though it’s still stifling hot down south) we are happy to bring you dream pop, new wave inspired indie rock, electro-soul, singer-songwriter and electro pop. Countries represented today include Australia, the UK and the US.
Born Joy Dead – “Sourdough” (Brisbane, Australia)
RIYL: The Dodos, Hockey Dad, Local Natives
Born Joy Dead are creating awesome new-wave inspired indie rock. The quartet have released a few singles and one EP last year and they are back with their newest track titled “Sourdough”.
Sonically this track is sublime with intricate guitar plucks and dodos-esque percussion. Lyrically we have a song that is speaking to the everyday things that adulthood bring like working day after day. The good news is that relationships and love seem to break the monotony of every day life.
Frontman Ben shares a bit about the track: “The band is taking on a more organic songwriting method now and as a result it feels as though we’ve created something really special and more personal to us all.
Born Joy Dead is comprised of Benny D, Mitch, Steve & Ben M.
Delamere – “Black and White Space” (Staffordshire/Manchester, England)
RIYL: Frightened Rabbit, Foals, Editors
Delamere are back with a brand new track titled “Black and White Space”. The quartet are creating indie rock that has the potential to breakout like The 1975.
With “Black and White Space” we hear soothing vocals complete with dream-like vibes that force you to immediately hit repeat. Lyrically we have an awesome track that speaks to the ups and downs of intimate relationships that include chaos and confusion like “I can’t love with knowing too much” and “I can’t feel with all this going on”. The parting advice is to find your black and white space (aka peace) in the midst of confusion or chaos.
“Black and White Space” is from their upcoming self-titled debut album which will be released August 19th via Scruff of the Neck Records.
Delamere are James Fitchford (Guitar/Vocals), Ash Egerton (Guitar/Vocals), Rich Dawson (Bass) and Will Mason (Drums)
Evy and the Gaffer – “Better” (Boulder, CO, USA)
RIYL: Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe meets Flume
We have been following Evy and the Gaffer ever since we posted “Upside Down” earlier this year. The duo are back with “Better”.
The track is a perfect mix of electronic and soul. We have curiously placed breaks and beats complimented with soul-filled back up vocals. Lyrically we have an uplifting message that reminds each and every one of us that no matter how bad things may seem currently, they will get better.
We still don’t know much about the duo except that we have a singer-songwriter and a hip hop producer based in Colorado slowly releasing cool tracks on soundcloud.
Katie Burden – “I Can See It Clear” (Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: Blondie, Jessie Jones, Waxahatchee
Katie Burden is impressing us with her unique blend of old and new with her first single “I Can See It Clear” from her upcoming debut album. Katie first stepped onto the scene as a back up singer for Warpaint, and has since branched out releasing a solo EP which she is now following up with a full length album.
With “I can See It Clear” we hear bits of brilliant Blondie-esque vocals, elements of indie psych rock and of course her amazing vocals and talented songwriting. Lyrically the track is inspired by the novel The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things as the song is rifled with a darker subject matter even though the track is rather upbeat.
Otis English – “Young Kids, Old Love” (Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: Ray LaMontagne mixed with The 1975, The Weeknd
“Young Kids, Old Love” is the debut track by Otis English. The LA based artist has a story to tell and we can’t wait to hear more. He has some hard experiences in his past like accidentally burning down his childhood home and watching his father’s health deteriorate while living out of his car. We are sure all of these hardships will translate on his upcoming EP.
With “Young Kids, Old Love” we have a love story that is based in reality instead of most of the fairy-tale love songs that proclaim that we must stay young forever. Instead, the message is to love together and grow old together. Mr English’s debut is scintillating and anthemic – you can’t deny his strong vocals, driving percussion and sublime chorus.
Look out for Otis English’s debut EP later this year on Crooked Paintings.
Seeing Hands – “I Knew You” (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England)
RIYL: DIIV, Beach Fossils, Real Estate
“I Knew You” is the glorious new track from Seeing Hands. It’s a perfect mix of shoegaze and dream pop and we can’t get enough of it.
With “I Knew You” being Seeing Hands’ debut track, we are excited about future releases from this UK quartet. Be on the look out for more singles to be released throughout 2016.
“I Knew You” is whimsical, dreamy and shrouded in just the right amount of reverb and jangly guitars. It’s the perfect track to listen to while driving along on a beautiful sunny day, or the perfect song to listen to in the middle of winter to take you back to those sunny days. It’s also the perfect track to uplift your mood.
Seeing Hands are Kev Curran (vocals/guitar), Nick Hodgson (lead guitar), Jon Varty (bass), and Liam Guillan (drums)
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