The Matinee October 24th includes six new tracks to get your week started off right. We have a proper dose of dream pop, singer-songwriter, synth pop and indie rock to get you moving. We have artists representing the US, UK and Australia today.

Jeffrey James – “Both Ways” (Nashville, USA)

RIYL: Gallant, Matt Woods, Kevin Garrett


Jeffrey James is the newest addition to the South By Sea roster. With a very soulful yet unique vocals, we are immediately drawn to his new track, “Both Ways”.

“Both Ways” starts off with a subtle piano wrapped up in a synth soaked R&B package. The track lyrically speaks to that age old problem of getting with someone and then wanting to change them.

Mr. James shares about the song: “Sometimes you can love someone for who they are and still try to change a part of their personality. You might not even know you’re doing it, but it happens as you get closer to somebody. Both Ways is about being on the receiving end of that criticism and saying, “This is who I am. This is who you were attracted to when we first met. So figure out if you love me for me, or if you want someone else.” I know I’ve been in this situation many times. And either we work through it, or it ends the relationship.”

“Both Ways” is out now via South By Sea Music.

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little ashes – “Find the Lost” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Denny White, Fyfe, The Kite String Tangle


Robin Grubert aka Little Ashes has just released “Find The Lost”. It is a track that instantly grabs your attention and speaks to finding redemption, resurrection and new hope in life that can sometimes get pretty dark if you let it.

Mr. Grubert has been writing and producing songs for others and is now taking on this new project as Little Ashes. He has a knack for expertly crafted lyrics you can relate to and a danceable synthetic beat.

Mr Grubert shares a bit about the track: “FIND THE LOST is a song about walking away from a dark and lonely place and reconnecting with the things that make life so worth living.”  “Find the Lost” will be part of an upcoming album release later this year.

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Lostboycrow – “Stay a Little Longer” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL:  Ember Island, Mackenzie Thoms, RKCB


Lostboycrow is back with another track that gets us moving and causes us to fall a little bit harder for his smooth and velvety vocals. Lostboycrow’s combination of R&B infused pop has everything you need to satisfy your indie-pop cravings.

Lyrically we have a track that we can all probably at one point relate to from past relationships.

“Stay a Little Longer,” shares Lostboycrow, “was written from the standpoint of being in the middle of an intimate and familiar relationship that is at the point of being tested to either fall apart in the flames of a short romance, or slowly dance in the burn of resolution.”

We continue to keep tabs on Lostboycrow as he continues to release each new intriguing track.

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Mat Hunsley – “Fires” (Newcastle upon Tyne, England)

RIYL: Bon Iver, Jason Isbell, John Paul White


Mat Hunsley is back with a new track titled “Fires”. After hearing his previous single “Dropping”, we have been keeping tabs on this emerging singer-songwriter. Mr. Hunsley has an enigmatic way of reaching his listener in a contemplative and authentic way.

With “Fires”Mr. Hunsley paints a vivid picture of cooler weather and the warmth provided by fire, but yet we hear the duality within the song which speaks of the fires we often start ourselves within our own relationships. Those fires often provide chaos and discomfort as he proclaims “I’ve been drinking but it’s not a poison..yet”. “Fires” is perfectly composed around acoustic guitar and harmonious strings.

The single is taken from the ‘To Being Free’ EP, which arrives November 18th via Trellis Records.

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Mt. Joy – “Astrovan” (Philadelphia & Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Blue Healer, Henry Jamison, Wilderado


Mt. Joy is the duo of Matt Quinn and Sam Cooper. “Astrovan” is the debut track for Mt. Joy.

“Astrovan” is one of those tracks where you are like – “woah, I have to listen to it again” songs. With their laid back folky-alt-country vibe and lyrics that really make you think about life you just all of a sudden have all these questions.

The lyrics have you really think about life in general with “maybe there is no heaven and maybe we’re all alone together – I don’t wanna see those tears again, you know Jesus drives an Astrovan”. One thing is for sure – we are intrigued by Mt. Joy and eager to hear about their upcoming release.

“Astrovan” is taken from Mt. Joy’s forthcoming, self-titled, debut EP.

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Polykite – “Bones” (Melbourne, Australia)

RIYL: Beach House, Blonde Redhead, Explosions in the Sky


Polykite are from Australia and they are creating some amazingly awesome dreamy pop goodness for your ears.

“Bones” is their first single even though the quintet has been around for 3 years. With “Bones” we hear 90s era rock greatness with those subtle guitar hooks mixed in with a wonderful and dreamy reverb that perfectly frames the sweet female vocals.

We don’t know a whole lot about Polykite but we hope to learn more as the band will soon be releasing their debut EP titled Primordial.

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