It’s been quite a challenging few days here in the States. But one thing I can always count on is the ability to escape through good music. Let’s escape together with the November 10th edition of The Matinee. These six songs will transport you through some electronic, jazz, indie, alt, and garage rock vibes.
Bat and Ball – “Be Mine” (London, England)
RIYL: Chvrches, Rekina Spektor, London Grammar
Hot London newcomers, Bat and Ball have done some really interesting things with their new single “Be Mine”, turning what could have been a common, indie song about love, into a satirical take on the subject with a fresh twist.
Some really nice changes and percussion back up the unique confident vocals of singer Abi Sinclair. It’s Sinclair’s voice and vocal choices that stand out. The ticking of a clock accompanies the guitar and keys to create a lovely layered electro-indie vibe.
“Be Mine” was released by Hush Tongue Records and you can find it on Spotify and iTunes. Bat and Ball is Abi Sinclair (vocals), Chris Sinclair (electronics), Ed Burton (drums), Jamie Coe (guitar), and Harri Chambers (keyboards).
Brasstronaut – “Hawk” (Vancouver, Canada)
RIYL: Electro-Jazz fusion
The song is a pulsating beat with repetitive lyrics, and while you may think that sounds trance-like, Brasstronaut brilliantly uses effects to build a gathering intensity that leaves you anything but bored. “Hawk” remains a chill and spacious tune.
The Brocks – “HLYWD” (Provo, UT, USA)
RIYL: Passion Pit, M83
With a dramatic electronic opening reminiscent of Passion Pit, The Brocks of Provo, Utah bring expansive lush sounds to their latest release, “HLYWD”.
One can imagine the lyrics speak to being torn between the call of Hollywood and the beautiful open spaces of the band’s hometown. The soundscapes they create give the listener the feeling of flying over the countryside between the two locations. Sleek and glossy production puts it all together creating a beautiful cinematic pop tune.
The Brocks are Dane Brock, Christian Darais, Morgan Ence, Ryan King, and Grant Brock. You can stream “HLYWD” on Spotify or Soundcloud or download on iTunes. This single was released by Arkade on November 4th.
Horse Thief – “Another Youth” (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA)
RIYL: Dry the River, Fruit Bats
Oklahoma quintet Horse Thief have just released the first single off of their upcoming 2017 album Trials & Truths. The 5 members have come together in an unforgettable way in “Another Youth” after working on perfecting their sound and cohesiveness over the past 18 months on the road.
A reflective song, frontman and band founder Cameron Neal sings, “everybody wants another laugh, another love”, taking us further into the meaning behind the song title, “Another Youth”. Horse Thief have done a great job here creating a song that wavers between splashy and dramatic.
You can find this first single on the upcoming album available by pre-order through Bella Union. Horse Thief was originally founded in Denton, TX by Cameron Neal (vocals/guitar/keys). He is joined by Cody Fowler (bass), Alberto Roubert (drums, percussion), Zach Zeller (organ, keys, guitar) and Alex Coleman (guitar, keys).
Las Kellies – “Celebrate Life” (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
RIYL: The Slits, Delta 5
Sometimes what you want is a simple, solid garage-rock tune and that’s exactly what you get with Las Kellies latest single “Celebrate Life”.
A strong beat coupled with nicely distorted guitars and vocals add to the earnest and straightforward feel to the song. Las Kellies have somewhat taken a detour here from their last album and gone back to some of their roots.
The current “Kellies” in Las Kellies are Silvina Kelly and Cecilia Kelly. They were joined on the album by their newest member and bassist, Manuela Ducatenzeiler, who will also be joining them on their upcoming winter European tour in support of their new record Friends & Lovers available on Fire Records.
The Middle Ground – “Never Needed Me” (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
RIYL: Young the Giant, Kings of Leon, Bronze Radio Return
The Middle Ground first captured my attention when I saw them perform live at the Fashion Meets Music Festival held in Columbus, Ohio, USA this past September. They put on an upbeat, energetic show that really entertained, drawing the crowd towards them with their charm and tight sound. They’ve clearly bottled their infectious energy in the new single “Never Needed Me”.
The melodius blend of alt rock and indie pop on “Never Needed Me” will have you dancing and singing along in no time. The Middle Ground have bound together brightly layered guitars and keyboard with catchy vocals, bass line, and drums resulting in a full, rich sound.
“Never Needed Me” is the first single released off of an upcoming album titled Start Again, due out December of 2016. This song is so catchy you’ll probably still be singing along to it come December and be ready for more. The Middle Ground consists of members Joe Neary (vocals/keys/guitar), Chris Halbauer (drums), Jordan Burmeister (bass), and Zach Gruznski (guitar).
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