The Matinee December 12th includes 6 new tracks for the start to this winter week. There are less than two weeks before the Christmas holiday, so we hope some of these songs get you in a mood to finish your shopping list. We have some upbeat synth pop, exciting indie rock and an awesome cover today as well. We inadvertently chose all American artists today.

dark Dark– “Moments” (Los Angeles/Austin, USA)

RIYL: Caribou, M83, Purity Ring

We don’t know a whole lot about dark Dark, except they just debuted their first single, “Moments”. It has awesome elements of the dreaminess of M83 and the elegance of Purity Ring. All we know is that we want to hear more.

The airy female vocals float effortlessly against a backdrop of soothing breaks and beats. We are definitely looking forward to hearing more from  dark Dark. We did find out that the duo splits their time between LA and Austin and that they shared this about their songwriting style and “Moments”: “We started ‘Moments’ with vocal samples and a few words we kept repeating. We’re split between LA and Austin and we work in tandem when writing so we’ve found that imagining tracks as physical spaces or scenes keeps us on the same wavelength.For Moments‘ that scene was ‘the space between’—those little fleeting, unfixed points in time that you wish you could keep.”

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Loose Buttons – “Milk & Roses” (New York, NY USA)

RIYL: Spoon, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Walkmen

New York’s Loose Buttons just recently released “Milk & Roses” which is part of of their brand new material after a two year hiatus and a re-emergence with a bit of a different sound. With “Milk & Roses”, we have a perfect break-up song that can help you get through that relationship you wish wasn’t over just yet.

With lyrics like “So it goes/ As in that book you know/ Our worlds, they will resume” it offers hope to the future even though it may not be how you imagined the relationship would turn out.

We get a little background on the track: Drawing from the pain of a recent breakup, lead vocalist Eric Nizgretsky channeled it all into Sunday. “Milk & Roses,” the EPs closer, acts as the last step of the foursome’s aim to get you through every stage of a breakup.

Loose Buttons are Eric Nizgretsky, Zack Kantor, Manny Silverstein and Adam Holtzberg.

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MAINLAND – “Dummy Test” (New York, USA)

RIYL: Breakfast, Cheerleader, Passion Pit

MAINLAND are back with a new rocking track titled “Dummy Test”. The quartet provides us a bit of angst driven indie-rock with their newest release. The lyrics are also on point proclaiming “Don’t bitch or quit, I’m over it – you’re not the keys to my kingdom”.

Mainland‘s frontman, Jordan Topf, describes this new sound as a collage, “cut, torn, and pieced together.” Accordingly, “Dummy Test” was written by Mainland in layers. “We started with those angular guitar stabs,” Topf explains, “and the lyrics came naturally afterwards.”

MAINLAND are Jordan Topf (lead vocals, guitar), Corey Mullee (guitar), Alex Pitta (bass), and Dylan Longstreet (drums).

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RKCB – “Disorder” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Nick Murphy (Chet Faker), Lostboycrow, Jack Garratt

RKCB just recently released In Contrast. We have been excited about each track so far and they held a couple of singles back just for the release. “Disorder” is one of those tracks.

We hear dual vocals on “Disorder” and it takes us on a soothing trip which includes their signature R&B infused synth. With “Disorder” we hear a bit ofThe Weeknd vibe and we are loving it. In Contrast is out now.

RKCB are Riley Knapp and Casey Barth.

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Sylvan Esso – “Kick Jump Twist” (Raleigh/Durham, USA)

RIYL: Crystal Castles, Little Dragon, Marian Hill

After a bit of a hiatus, Sylvan Esso are back. “Kick Jump Twist” is the b-side to their latest single “Radio”. It’s so nice to hear Ms. Emelia’s vocals again set against Nick’s Atari-like beats. The creativity that is exuding from this duo gets us excited about their upcoming album which should be out sometime in 2017.

Sylvan Esso’s originality which include Amelia Meath’s sweet and feather like vocals along with Nick’s experimental beats continues to prove their indie darling status.

If you don’t have Soundcloud Go, you can check out the video.

Sylvan Esso are Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn.

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Young Summer – “Old Chunk Of Coal” (Washington DC, USA)

RIYL: Avec Sans, Daya, GEMS

Young Summer is back with a beautiful cover of Billy Joe Shaver’s “Old Chunk Of Coal”. Young Summer (aka Bobbie Allen) continues to impress us with her captivating vocals. In this cover version, the synth is subdued at bit and the keys come in and turn this original country song into a beautiful and angelic composition.

Young Summer , You Would Have Loved It Here. This cover version surprised us a bit but once again proves to us the talent of Bobbie Allen. With Ms. Allen’s rendition, she captures the beauty and hopefulness in this track perfectly. We look forward to hearing more from Young Summer in the future.

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