The Matinee March 13th has six new tracks for your listening pleasure. We hope this gets your week started off right. We have a nice mix of indie songs ranging from electro pop, indie rock and singer-songwriter fare.Artists represent the Australia, the UK and the US.

Brett Newski – “I Don’t Wanna Go to SXSW” (Milwaukee, USA)

RIYL: Elliot Smith, Mountain Goats, Walker Lukens

Brett Newski has been on the road with a very interesting story. He has a YouTube channel that chronicles his interesting touring adventures. He has released his own EP, Hi-Fi DIY, and later followed up with the LP, Land, Air, Sea, Garage. In addition he has a side project called The Worst of Brett Newski, which includes songs about being on the road.

We thought it was perfect to share his single, “I Don’t Wanna Go to SXSW“, considering the music portion officially begins this week and the track chronicles the massive festival. Lyrics like “I don’t wanna go where everyone else goes” and “it’s gonna be a long, long drive” express the anxiety of many artists. Hopefully, though, Newski will have a memorable time in Austin. You can officially check out Brett Newski at 8:00pm Friday, March 18th at Stephen F’s bar.

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Daniel Trakell – “Paradise” (Melbourne, Australia)

RIYL:  Andy Shauf, Iron and Wine, Sufjan Stevens

Daniel Trakell is from Melbourne, Australia, and he is creating beautifully constructed tracks that immediately enthrall the listener.

Trakell’s vocals are completely soothing and mesmerizing. We have a track that speaks of “Paradise”, yet also elicits a somber vibe. Maybe Mr. Trakell is eluding that paradise and peace might not actually come until we leave this Earth. The acoustic-based melodies and impressive harmonies plus the great addition of the trombone towards the end result in a song that is like traveling to place that is just perfect.

“Paradise” features Ben Franz of The Waifs on pedal steel, fellow Melbourne songwriters Emilee South and Brooke Russell on backing vocals, and Hilltop Hoods’ Nick Pietsch on trombone.

“Paradise” is the title track from Mr. Trakell’s upcoming album due out later this month.

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HAERTS – “Your Love” (New York, USA via Hamburg, Germany)

RIYL: Chairlift, Scavenger Hunt, Yumi Zouma

HAERTS are the super talented duo of Nini Fabi and Benjamin Gebert. “Your Love” is their newest track, and it’s one we have been waiting for as we haven’t heard anything from them in over a year. It is a great return for HAERTS, as this heart-breaking but upbeat, ’80s-inspired song tells the tale of a relationship that is unable to go forward if both sides are not fully committed. The defining lyric, “Don’t wanna give it all if you can’t give it back”, brilliantly summarizes not just this song but so many relationships today.

“Your Love” is the latest from HAERTS and will be part of their upcoming and much anticipated sophomore album.

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Mike Waters X Max Frost – “Drowning” (Melbourne, Australia and Austin, USA)

RIYL: Riley Pearce, Sam Garrett, Vance Joy

Mike Waters is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia, and he has just released a stellar collaboration with Austin-based Max Frost, who is a favorite of ours.

Waters already creates impressive tracks with his soul-filled vocals. To step it up a notch, it’s only fitting he works with Frost, who has a knack for producing addicting beats laced with a pop-filled chorus. The collaboration is a hit, even though Waters’ focus is somber with its focus about fighting his inner demons. Frost, though, magically brightens up the tone and we can’t help but move to this track.

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The Night Café – “The Way Of Mary” (Liverpool, England)

RIYL: Circa Waves, High Tyde, Youth Club

“The Way of Mary” is the latest track from The Night Café, the quartet from Liverpool who have had us shaking our hips and fist-pumping for a little while now. This single completes their 4 track EP, Get Away From The Feeling, and it’s another burner.

At first listen, this could be about a girl name Mary yet after multiple listens more than likely it is the personification of the herb…a.k.a. Mary Jane. We do know it’s an addictive, indie-pop track with surf-laden guitar licks that we can definitely add to our upcoming summer weekend playlist. Get Away From The Feeling is out now via Kobalt Music.

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Public Service Broadcasting – “Progress” feat. Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura (London, England)

RIYL: Public Service Broadcasting

It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years since The Race For Space was released. We are, as such, super excited to hear new material from Public Service Broadcasting. For the first time ever, regular vocals are included with their new subject matter, which seems to hint toward an industrial revolution-type theme.

Regardless of their upcoming album subject matter, we are completely digging their new material with amazing guest vocals provided by Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura. The vibe is totally laid back and dreamy with hopeful vocals proclaiming, “I believe in Progress”.  We are also excited to hear that the previous duo of Willgoose and his faithful drumming companion Wrigglesworth have now added a third member JFAbraham, who is their bass player, keys, and horns man extraordinaire.

Their new album is expected later this year via Play It Again Sam.

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