The Matinee October 3rd includes six new tracks for your listening pleasure for your jumpstart to this fine week. We have a mix of amazing indie rock, upbeat synthpop, captivating shoe gaze inspired rock and a bit of psych inspired rock. We have artists representing the US and the UK today.

Harlea – ‘Miss Me” (London, England)

RIYL: The Kills, Beth Hart, The Dead Weather

harlea-miss-meHarlea is 22-years old and recently signed with Propeller Recordings. With “Miss Me” she grabs our attention with her commanding presence throughout the track. Her talented vocals emit both strength and attitude. We have an awesome blues inspired rock track that reminds a bit of early Arctic Monkeys.

With the debut track from Harlea, we are introduced to a powerful female lead that could impact the current rock landscape similar to Elle King.

Harlea shares a bit about the track:“The song is about the intense pleasure you get from a relationship, regardless of its consequences. Giving into an obsession, it describes the reckless abandon with which you are drawn in.’Miss Me’ expresses an emotional addiction which is felt when you are separated – even a destructive relationship can pale next to the pain of not being together.”

The single is out now via Propeller Recordings.

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Heavy Heart – “The World Is A Gumball” (London, England)

RIYL: Lush, Slowdive, Francis


Heavy Heart has been releasing a song each month this year. “The World Is A Gumball” is the latest from this talented London based band that was released in September.

We have another lush indie rock/pop track that floats effortlessly between shoegaze and dream pop. The newest single is once again sublime and they continue to enchant us with their dreamy female led vocals and hazy guitars. They have also showed great talent within each release so far this year and none of the tracks feel rushed or thrown together too soon.

Lyrically we have a track that speaks to the realities of life that can be sweet, sour and everything in between.

We continue to be impressed with Heavy Heart and we hope that others take notice and this quartet gets signed by a label and soon.

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Julia Knight – “Ghost Of You” (Nashville, USA)



Julia Knight is new on the scene and she impresses us with her debut track. The Nashville based songstress has been captivating music city bringing a spectral spark into each new song.

With “Ghost of You”, we have Knight’s sultry vocals set against the perfect amount of dreamy synth that make for a totally danceable beat. We are sure Knight’s debut continues to capture fans of upbeat synthpop as she has already racked up over 15k plays in less than a week.

We are sure we will be hearing more from Ms. Knight. She shares a bit about the track: “Ghost of You is about falling in love all over again and about the places that I believe love can take you. It’s about that one person you never could quite get over, and maybe to be honest you don’t totally want to. I’m so stoked for everyone to finally hear the things I’ve been keeping under wraps for over a year and so excited for people to roll their windows down, turn the volume up, and jam out to this one.”

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Magana – “Get It Right” (Brooklyn, USA)

RIYL: Lykke Li, Sharon Van Etten, Fiona Apple


Jeni Magana is completely impressing us with “Get It Right”. She has that commanding songwriting strength similar to Torres and the vocal prowess of Amelia Meath.  We love hearing a track that completely nails our thoughts and feelings from past relationships. We also love the simple acoustic arrangements that perfectly capture her attitude and intent.

Her simple yet transparent lyrics speak to that relationship where you no longer want your time to be wasted, it’s either time to get it right, or walk away. It’s the realization that if the one you love communicated honestly and truthfully, you will definitely stick around. If that can’t happen, it’s time to move on.

The single is taken from Magana’s forthcoming EP, Golden Tongue. It will be released on October 28th via Audio Antihero Records. Pre-order it at Magana’s Bandcamp page.

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Plastic Flowers – “Falling Off” (London, England via Thessaloniki, Greece)

RIYL: Washed Out, DIIV, Daywave

plastic-flowers-falling-offGeorge Samaras – a.k.a. Plastic Flowers – is back with a brand new single. When we last featured him back in March, we asked the question, “How the heck is he not signed with a label?” Well, he’s now signed with Brooklyn-based indie label The Native Sound.

From his signature ethereal instrumentation and production to Samaras’ delicate vocals, we can’t get enough of Plastic Flowers. “Falling Off” is the newest track and we are once again enchanted by his dreamy composition that blends together feel good harmonies with just the perfect amount of reverb and hazy guitar. We are excited that he finally did get signed to a label as it’s very well deserved.

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Red Love – “Does It Make You” (Los Angeles, USA via Wolverhampton/Bournemouth, England)

RIYL: If Tame Impala did shoegaze


“Does It Make You” is another single from Red Love a brand new band of Matt Tong (of Bloc Party and Algiers) and Alex Newport (producer for Bloc Party, Mars Volta, Weaves, At The Drive In).

With “Does It Make You”, we have an amazing blend of psych and shoegaze inspired rock that takes you on a trip with spaced out harmonies, dreamy vocals and just the perfect amount of other worldly guitar complemented with attention grabbing percussion. The track definitely does make us feel something – excited for more from Red Love.

Red Love’s self-titled, debut album is out now, and it can be purchased on Bandcamp.
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