The Matinee August 19th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We have an eclectic mix today including singer-songwriter, synth pop, garage inspired indie rock, funk-r&b-soul far along with some shoegaze goodness. Artists represent Australia, Finland, the UK, the US and the Netherlands today. Check back tomorrow for our Saturday sampler and Sunday for our mega-mega playlist from all of this weeks best tracks.

 

Alexander Biggs – “Tidal Wave” (Melbourne, Australia)

RIYL: Bon Iver, Andy Shauf, Richard Walters

Alexander Biggs - "Tidal Wave"Back in May we shared Alexander Biggs’ single “Out of the Dark”. With his poignant storytelling and dreamy vocals, we are once again impressed by Mr. Biggs.

There is no doubt Mr. Biggs has the talent of poetically revealing his emotions with lyrics including “I’ve been outside of myself and living miles away” and “you are the moon and I’m a tidal wave”. “Tidal Wave” is about the influence someone can have in the distance they create, or more so in the distance that already exists. The track is captivating and has us completely enamored with Mr. Bigg’s obvious. We hear an ethereal yet acoustic vibe within the song that feels nostalgic yet also fresh.

Alexander Biggs’ debut EP, Until I Go To Hell, is expected this November. We look forward to hearing more from Mr. Biggs in 2016.

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Chløë Black – “Death Proof” (London, England)

RIYL: Lykke Li, Bats for Lashes

Chløë Black - "Death Proof"

Chløë Black is back with a new track titled “Death Proof”. Not exactly inspired by the 2007 Tarantino film of the same name, but actually written to speak to the recklessness of youth, and the experiences that can lead to self-destruction.

The track starts of with Black’s unforgettable vocals along with driving percussion and a totally danceable beat. Ms. Black actually delves into the curious fact that teens typically take more risks in their lives than children or adults. Sadly though, we are not death proof and sometimes our actions can have severe consequences. We suppose this song is for everyone out there that experienced reckless youth and lived to tell about it.

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Lyel – “Coming for the Rain” (Helsinki, Finland)

RIYL: Braids, CHVRCHES, Purity Ring

Lyel - "Coming for the Rain"

We have been impressed by Lyel, having shared her previous track, “Raven” last year.

Lyel is back with a new track titled “Coming for the Rain”. We have Lyel’s breathy vocals set against perfectly placed synth that completely mesmerize you throughout the track. Lyrically we have a song that speaks about the way home, an inner light and the hero in all of us.

Lyel will be releasing her debut EP on September 30 so stay tuned for more from this talented artist.

Lyel (aka Sarah) is originally from Germany but moved to Finland 7 years ago to pursue her dream of creating the music she wants to create.

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Sakawa Boys – “Swim” (Cape Town, South Africa)

RIYL: A Place to Bury Strangers, My Bloody Valentine, The Plastics

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Sakawa Boys are from Cape Town, South Africa and they are creating laid back and dreamy shoegaze. They just recently released their debut album, 2014 Anxiety earlier this month.

With “Swim” we have obvious leanings from shoegaze pioneers MBV, Ride, Slowdive yet we hear their own style of perfecting hazy dream filled vocals with calculating percussion and stellar guitar. The result is 6 minutes of glorious shoegaze inspired gold. We really do hope that Sakawa Boys get a little more recognition because this talented quartet deserve it.

Sakawa Boys are Skye MacInnes – Guitar, Keenan Oakes – Bass, Peter Scott – Drums, John Seth – Guitar, Vocals.

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St. Tropez – “Which Side Are You On” (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

RIYL: Temples, The Sheepdogs

St. Tropez - "Which Side Are You On"

Garage rockers St. Tropez have revealed their hugely infectious new single “Which Side Are You On”.

We previously shared St. Tropez’s “I Wanna Live In St. Tropez” back in May and “Which Side Are You On” seems to be an anthem about greed, consumerism and asking the listener to question what they believe. Sonically the track is in your face with screaming guitar and driving percussion.

Their self-titled, debut album arrives next Friday, August 26t via BLCT Records.

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Thrillers – “NMT” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Majestyy, Myzica, Party Nails

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Thrillers are brother duo Jeremy and Gregory Pearson who are creating an amazing mix of R&B, funk and soul. “NMT” is about a love that has ended.

“NMT” is produced by Twin Shadow and we have a track that reminds of awesome 80s-90s r&b mixed with meaningful songwriting. “NMT” has the power to encompass the listener and we can all relate to a relationship that ended but deep down you know the other person has to be missing you. Their vocals are top notch along with amazing production they have the perfect formula to break out onto the mainstream.

The brothers share a bit about the song: “We strongly believe in speaking our truth. Once we had the overall concept of “NMT” it was easy to write lyrics. Who hasn’t been hurt by someone you’ve loved at some point. Flashbacks of heated arguments, tears of pain, and the feeling of abandonment reek throughout the song.”

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