The Matinee June 5th includes 6 new tracks to get your week started off right. We have a mixture of synth pop and indie rock today. Artists are representing Canada, Norway and the USA today. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today.

Anna of the North – “Lovers” (Oslo, Norway)

RIYL: Phoebe Ryan, VÉRITÉ

Anna of the North is back with a new track titled “Lovers”. Anna of the North is the Norwegian-Kiwi duo of Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith. “Lovers” is a fluid and captivating track filled with Anna’s syrupy vocals and Brady’s signature smooth synth.

Lyrically we have a track that speaks to broken promises in a relationship with lyrics “You told me I would never see you go astray / Said we’d never be apart / Never leave me in the dark / I guess there’s just some promises you shouldn’t make / Shoulda known from the start”

Anna of the North’s debut album, Lovers, will be out September 8th. Different Recordings will be releasing it. Pre-order options are available here.

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The Bandicoots – “Dead End Street” (Hamilton, ON, Canada)

RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, Magic Bronson, Temples

Dead End Street is the newest track from Canadian band The Bandicoots. “Dead End Street” is a hypnotic track with psychedelic vibes and a feel reminiscent of 60s era rock bands yet with a fresh new spin for today. T

“Dead End Street” is the newest single released this year from The Bandicoots, and could be from a forth coming self-released EP.

Frontman Justin Ross shares a bit about the lyrical style for this newest release: “When I’m writing songs, I usually find myself hiding behind the words as often as possible. I’ll pile on as many metaphors I can so that when I eventually get up to sing them in front of people, the ones I’m singing about might not realize its about them. With this tune though, I basically said fuck it and tried to be as clear as I could. Doing that kind of helped me smooth out the edges of the thing I was dealing with, since I was forcing myself to stare straight at it.” 

The Bandicoots are Nicolai Kozel (lead guitar), Andrew Parkinson (drums), Lorant Polya (bass) and Justin Ross (vocals/rhythm guitar)

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blushh – “Wake Me Up” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Waxahatchee, Miya Folick, Haley Wojcik

blushh is the project of Shab Ferdowsi. “Wake Me Up” is an endearing track that really draws the listener into Ms. Ferdowsi’s lyrical style and edgy 90s garage feel. There is a charming quality that is conveyed by the transparency within her writing style and matter of fact singing style.

This track seems to speak to how easy it is to isolate ourselves with lyrics speaking to “wake me up / I’m still asleep/ take me out / show me.”  It’s a plea that even though the action of sitting at home and wasting time is what is the habit, it’s not the action truly desired deep down. With each new release, there is more to love about blushh.

Blushh’s debut EP, It’s Fine, will be released this month.

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Cathedral Pearls – “America’s Child” (Spokane, USA)

RIYL: big Thief, Deep Sea Diver, Wye Oak

“America’s Child” is the newest from Cathedral Pearls. The track is laid back yet enthralling as the song speaks to a relationship that is quite electric. The lyrics speak to just that with “so come on kiss me with that flaming tongue of fire”.

“America’s Child” is the newest release for Cathedral Pearls since they have now gone from a quartet to a trio. Their will be much more to come in 2017 from Cathedral Pearls as they have quite a few recordings they plan to release throughout the year.

Cathedral Pearls are Karli Ingersoll, Caleb Ingersoll and Max Harnishfeger.

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Gonzalla – “T.M.V.” (Los Angeles, USA)


Cody Randall is Gonzalla and his newest release “T.M.V” is upbeat shimmery synth pop. It’s a track that can definitely be added to your warm weather playlist as it’s almost officially summer.

The track is inspired from Mr. Randall writing the song after moving back from London to Los Angeles. The result is a track influenced by artists across the pond yet with a sunny LA pop vibe.

Gonzalla has a knack with producing an overall melancholic vibe similar to artists like Dan Croll yet the overall tone is glossed with a nice shiny pop exterior.

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Livingmore – “Cocoon” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Margaret Glaspy, The Jezabels, Big Thief

“Cocoon” is a brilliant track that allows Ms. Moore’s vocals to shine while the rest of the track is laid back and retro throughout. There is a hazy and dreamy feel to the track yet with guitar riffs that take us back to late 50s early 60s bands (Everly Brothers).

The overall tone of “Cocoon” is feel good and upbeat and the vocals by Alex Moore just continue to reel the listener in. She shares a bit about the motivation behind the track: “You realize growing up isn’t just like, you’re a kid and then you’re an adult. There’s all these things in the middle, and it’s easy to get stuck in a phase in your life where you feel cocooned, in a way.”

“Cocoon” is from Livingmore’s forthcoming debut record release titled OK to Land.

Livingmore are Alex Moore (vocals/guitar), Spencer Livingston (vocals/guitar), Mike Schadel (drums/keys), and Bryan Dobbs (bass).

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