The Matinee August 26th includes six new tracks to keep you moving. For this fine Friday we have upbeat synth pop, feel good indie rock and a little singer songwriter fare. Most of our artists are representing the US, also with support from Canada and the UK. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for more on our Saturday Sampler and of course our mega playlist on Sunday.  Happy Weekend!

Foreign Air – “Echo” (Washington, D.C. and North Carolina, USA)

RIYL: Bear Hands, Magic Man, Portugal, the Man

Foreign Air - "Echo"

Foreign Air previously impressed us back in February with “In The Shadows” which we likened to Portugal, The Man. We now have an up beat synth pop track similar to Magic Man we are excited to share.

“Echo” includes the perfect formula to get you moving any day of the week. With driving percussion, compelling synth and the perfect chorus to keep you moving, we are instantly hooked. The vocals are smooth and captivating and keep us wanting more.

Foreign Air are Jacob Michael and Jesse Classen and we can’t wait to hear more from this talented duo.

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KAN WAKAN – “Molasses” (Los Angeles, USA by way of Bulgaria)

RIYL: Massive Attack, Portishead, Radiohead

KAN WAKAN - "Molasses"

KAN WAKAN is Gueorgui Linev and he has released a hypnotic and mesmerizing track similar to Portishead or Massive Attack.

Linev had major acclaim from his last release, Moving On and now we are ready to hear more with an upcoming triple LP release titled Phantasmagoria.

With “Molasses” we have mesmerizing beats complemented perfectly with the ethereal vocals from Linev’s good friend Elle Olson. We will always hold artists like Massive Attack and Portishead dear to our hearts, because often times we feel no one can compare or be included into their realm. KAN WAKAN has the potential to do just that.

Gueorgui Linev shares a bit behind the motivation of writing “Molasses”: “Molasses is allowing the weight to fall with a hope, a self-heartened embrace of the burgeoning we see before us. A clearing and a rising fog, that moment when we take stock of our surroundings and realize we have changed.”

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of Verona – “Fleurs De La Lune” (Toronto, Canada & Los Angeles/New York, USA)

RIYL: Broods, BANKS, Billie Eilish

of Verona - "Fleurs De La Lune"

of Verona has been very successful as a band using social media to grow their fan base. With past soundcloud tracks gaining thousands of plays on soundcloud, they are now working on a new album release sometime later this year.

They have been on our radar for a while. With the release of White Apple a few years back, they have proven their talent in the synth/electro pop arena. of Verona has all the potential to break out just like BANKS. Ms. Perkins’ vocals are unique and enthralling. “Fleurs De La Luna” embodies a perfectly haunting synth pop track which instantly captivates the listener with hypnotic beats and expansive vocals.

of Verona are Mandi Perkins, Dillon Pace, and Jeff Sojka.

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Richard Walters – “U” (London, England)

RIYL: Liu Bei, Tom Chaplin, Matt Woods

Richard Walters - "U"

I’m not going to lie, I’m a sucker for ethereal vocals (male or female) and an expansive sound. With Richard Walters’ newest single, “U” it’s hard not to love if you enjoy the same elements within a song.

You cannot deny Walters’ haunting yet beautiful voice, the subtle piano and expansive sound on “U”. With the addition of strings and just the right amount of synth, it’s damn near close to perfection. It’s a glorious love song and another testament to Richard Walters’ talent and potential to breakout in the singer-songwriter genre.

Walters’ new album, A.M, arrives October 14th.

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The Strike – “Faint of Heart” (Provo, Utah, USA)

RIYL: If Justin Timberlake did a funk filled 80s album

The Strike - "Faint of Heart"

The Strike have been able to embody the greatness of the 80s yet still provide a modern sound. We previously shared “Eye for an Eye” and they deliver again with “Faint Of Heart”.

“Faint of Heart” feels like it could be on the soundtrack to “Footloose” or any of your favorite 80s movie yet is still fresh for today. It reminds us that the 80s were cool and we still love that vibe (“Shut Up and Dance” by WTM is a perfect example).

“Faint of Heart” has the nostalgia needed to make you smile and remember Kevin Bacon’s epic dance moves. It’s a feel good indie rock track mixing old with new and with someone that is thankful they grew up in the 80s will look forward to their upcoming EP.

The Strike is comprised of Chris Crabb: Lead Vocals,  Brady Bills: Guitar, Chase Baker: Bass Matt Millington: Drums, Myles Lawrence: Sax, Marcus Anderson: Trombone & Keyboard.

“Faint of Heart” is the title track from their upcoming EP to be released early this fall.

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Wons Phreely – “The Stars” ft The Horses (Hollywood, USA by way of Australia)

RIYL: Elvis Costello meets Bruce Springsteen

Wons Phreely - "The Stars" ft The Horses

Wons Phreely is Justin Wons and he has recently relocated to Los Angeles to form his “dream team” of musicians for his current band Wons Phreely + The Horses.

“Stars” is their newest release and it’s a track that you really can’t compare to anyone else. We have Mr. Wons’ warm vocals that you won’t soon forget set against Springsteen-esque guitar with an old school feel that still feels contemporary and new.

Mr. Wons wrote this track while living in a tiny studio above a bar in the red-light district of Sydney’s Kings Cross, surrounded by the hustle of midnight revelers, street-walking prostitutes, and neon lights, Wons wrote the song to reveal to himself what his conscious mind had not yet been able to figure out: it was time for a big change. Now based in Los Angeles, we are ready to hear what other sonic gems Wons Phreely + The Horses will be releasing later this year.

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