The Matinee May 8th includes 6 new tracks for your listening pleasure. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. We have upbeat indie rock, synth pop, dream pop and acoustic based indie pop for this fine Monday.  We have artists representing Canada, The US and The UK.


Billy Raffoul – “Driver” (Leamington, Ontario, Canada)

RIYL: Charlie Sexton, Joe Cocker, Lou Reed

“Driver” is the debut single by Canada native Billy Raffoul. We have very soulful vocals from Mr. Raffoul who is just 22 years old and embarking on the official launch of his music career.

Growing up around music his entire life (his father is musician Jody Raffoul), Billy has been playing guitar since his teenage years and writing music for sometime. Billy Raffoul gains inspiration in his songwriting from personal experiences or by what those close to him are experiencing.

“Driver” was inspired by his family picking up a hitchhiker one night after Raffoul and his dad played a gig on Pelee Island in the middle of Lake Erie. The song has taken on a different direction according to Billy as “maybe I’m not singing about someone being lost on the side of the road, but maybe someone lost in life who doesn’t know where they’re going or what they’re supposed to be doing.”

We are instantly attracted to Mr. Raffoul’s gritty yet strong vocals along the driving guitars and bassline included within his debut track. We look forward to hearing more from Billy Raffoul.

“Driver” is released by Interscope Records.

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Bishop Briggs – “The Fire” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Elle King, Florence & The Machine, PJ Harvey

Bishop Briggs is quickly gaining popularity with millions of spins ever since her hypnotic track “River” was released last year. Her eclectic mix of folk, pop, soul and electronic elements is connecting with fans everywhere. She has also collaborated with Cold War Kids on a great cover of Rihanna’s “Love on The Brain“.

“The Fire” is off of Bishop Briggs’ self titled EP release that came out last month. Each one of her tracks is packed full of soulful vocals and her strength and transparent emotions exude with each note sung. “The Fire” is gospel-esque and chronicles the struggle of staying on the right path in any relationship. It also seems to play to the age old saying of “If you play with fire, you will eventually get burned”.

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Bleachers – “Hate That You Know Me” (New York City, USA)

RIYL: COIN, Grouplove, Walk The Moon

Bleaches (Jack Antonoff of Fun) have been releasing new tracks the past couple of months and “Hate That You Know Me” is one of the newer releases from his upcoming album.

The track is a fun shimmery 80s induced pop track that puts you in an upbeat mood. The lyrics chronicle a relationship that reflects all of who you are which includes the good and the bad and with someone that knows you so well, you often can’t get away from your true self.

Backing vocals on “Hate That You Know Me” are provided by Carly Rae Jepsen which is a nice touch, but she seems underutilized on this one. So far with “Hate That You Know Me” and “Don’t Take the Money” released from the new album we will have more upbeat synth pop with Antonoff’s signature push and pull of life’s ups and downs along with his signature dashes of sarcasm throughout.

“Hate That You Know Me” is out on RCA Records. Bleachers’ new album Gone Now will be released June 2nd.

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courtship. – “Sunroof” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: COIN, Foreign Air, RKCB

courtship. is LA duo Eli Hirsch and Micah Gordon and they are consistently making really awesome feel good indie pop. “Sunroof” is their newest release and we must immediately add this to our upcoming summer playlist.

We not only want to get out and move to this addictive synth pop gem, it also includes lyrics that speak to clearing your mind and putting all worry aside. Even though the track is not speaking about a literal sunroof in a car, we still want to go riding around with the sunroof or top down and turn this earworm track up.

The chorus “You know we’re gonna do what we do best, best So won’t you open up the sunroof in my head, in my head?” The message right there reminds us that worry and isolation in life is never the answer.

“Sunroof” is out now via 20XX.

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Lucy & La Mer – “Honey, Put Your Weapons Down” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Ofelia K, River Whyless, The Wild Reeds

Lucy & La Mer is actually the project of Lucy LaForge. Lucy’s sound includes delicate folk melodies, alluring vocals and her signature baritone ukelele.

With “Honey, Put Your Weapons Down” we have Ms. LaForge’s honest and airy vocals accompanied by acoustic and electronic elements along with the nice addition of strings. The song seems to be an anthem for truly picking your battles with the one you love as the lyrics remind us “I just don’t think love should feel like war..and dearest, have you seen the news? There’s bigger things than me and you.”

Lucy shares the direction of the track: “The central theme for the single is transitioning, most of my songwriting occurs when there’s a change occurring in my life.”

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Thyla – “Ferris Wheels” (Brighton, England)

RIYL: Alvvays, Best Coast, Girlpool

Thyla are creating dreamy indie pop/rock that completely grabs our attention. The Brighton based quartet are blending hazy guitar tones with driving rhythms and ethereal melodies in their latest offering.

We are digging the vocals by Millie Duthie which almost keep us in a hypnotic and dreamy state throughout. The production of  Lyrically we have a track that speaks to the often pressures we have of living up to the expectations of others or the fear of not being good enough to those that are closest to us.

Thyla are Millie Duthie (vocals/guitar); Mitch Duce (guitar), Danny Southwell (drums), and Dan Hole (bass). “Ferris Wheels” is released via REX Records.

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