The Matinee January 31st includes a nice mix of indie artists ranging from singer-songwriter, well known indie artists as well as some talented up and comers. We sometimes look up at the world around us and wonder what is going on, yet here is some amazing music that we can take solace in. We have most tracks coming from the UK today and a couple from the US. We hope you find your new favorite song or band.


BANNERS – “Holy Ground” (Liverpool, England)

RIYL: Hozier, Haux, James Blunt

Banners is Mike Nelson and he is continually impressing with each beautiful track he creates. “Holy Ground” is a song about losing someone and he just recently released a video that explains it perfectly.

It’s hard not to get lost in the soothing power of Mr. Nelson’s vocals. Fascinated by dreams, life, death, hope and despair, BANNERS grew up singing in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Choir and the Liverpool Kop. Influenced by artists ranging from Jeff Buckley to Arcade Fire, his music is at once haunting and hopeful, as it resonates with audiences across space and age.

“Holy Ground” was released by Island Records.

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Father John Misty – “Two Wildly Different Perspectives” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: obviously Father John Misty

Father John Misty usually uses a bit of humor or satire to get most of his message across to his fans. This time, he shares a politically-charged track that is straightforward and quite beautiful. While he hits hard on issues like the Second Amendment and income inequality, the song turns into a heartbreaking affair, where everyone loses. Sonically, the track is filled with subtle piano and a completely spaced out vibe. The song immediately grabs the listener’s attention and never lets go.

We’ve also shared the poignant video below because it needs to be seen and is a perfect visual for his message.

Father John Misty’s new album, Pure Comedy, will be released April 7th via Bella Union and Sub Pop. Pre-order the LP here.

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hd hausmann – “with spite in time” (London, England)

RIYL: hd hausmann

hd hausmann (aka Liam Palmer) is back with another track titled “with spite in time”. We hear a bit of an 80s electronic element this time around but we have the same cinematic expansiveness which includes a proper chorus reverberating throughout the track.

hd hausmann once again does not disappoint us with the lyrics and song titles. We hear the lyrics “of course they seem but they cannot shelter/my all breaking mind/for you come to me with all your wonder and i corrode with spite in time”.

We are not quite sure what 2017 holds for hd hausmann but we are always intrigued when random new tracks are posted up on soundcloud.

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KOYO – “Tetrachromat” (Leeds, England)

RIYL: Radiohead, Animal Collective, Deerhoof

Named after the Japanese word for colourful autumn leaves, KOYO is also the name of a new group fusing colourful influences to create music of their own.

With “Tetrachromat”, KOYO share an experimental number akin to mid-career Radiohead, yet all the while weaving in a dose of psych and progressive rock. It’s an impressive track that completely has our attention. The vocals are smooth and inviting as the song speaks of being ready for the day…and then reminding us there all comes a time where we need to decide to fight for certain things in life, or lose them.

Koyo are Huw Edwards (lead vocals/guitar), Jacob Price (sampling/synthesizers), Seb Knee-Wright (guitars), Dan Comlay (bass), and Tom Higham (drums).

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Molly Burch – “Wrong For You” (Austin, USA)

RIYL: Angel Olsen, Chrissie Hynde, Mitski

One of our Artists to Watch in 2017 is about to unveil her new album. In the meantime, Molly Burch has shared her latest single.

We can’t help but become smitten with Ms. Burch. She has a way of producing elegant tracks that provide us with an awesome throw back vibe we haven’t heard since the doo wop days. “Wrong For You” is a track that gets you moving as she convinces herself she is completely wrong for him. This is another stellar track from an artist whom we can’t get enough of her yummy vibes.

Captured Tracks will release Please Be Mine on February 17, 2017. You can pre-order it from the label or from her Bandcamp page.

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Secret Cameras – “It Doesn’t Matter” (London, England)

RIYL: The Boxer Rebellion, The Horrors, White Lies

Secret Cameras have piqued our attention since they released “Going Places”.

“It Doesn’t Matter” is the second single from the band’s debut EP, which will be released March 17th.

We hear a great mix of indie rock in this newest release and it includes a perfect mix of synth and their indie rock sound. Their style with the newest track reminds a bit of White Lies yet with a harder rock vibe. Itamar’s vocals are unforgettable and we just keep wondering what they will release next. We hear a wide range of influences with each unique song released but they are definitely blazing their own trail.

Secret Cameras are Itamar (vocals/guitars/synths), Kristian (guitars/synths/backing vocals), Sam (bass), and Dimitris (drums).

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