The Matinee October 16th has a tad bit of an ACL Festival slant here as we just wrapped up another successful weekend. Some songs are from bands that played the festival and ones that we happened to run into at ACL. We hope you find your new favorite artist or band today. Artists are representing Brazil,  Canada, the US, and the Netherlands.

Billy Raffoul – “Dark Four Door” (Leamington, ON, Canada)

RIYL: Joe Cocker, Hozier, Ray Lamontagne

Currently Billy Raffoul has just two singles out at this time and with each new release, the fully realized talent of this 22 year old from Canada will be further revealed. His undeniable vocals that

If you dig  equal parts rocker and also straight up singer-songwriter, you will fall in love with Mr. Raffoul. The combination of beautiful harmonies displayed on “Dark Four Door” and complete rock attitude on his debut single “Driver”, it’s only a matter of time before Mr. Raffoul gains worldwide success.

We heard more of his currently unreleased tracks at ACL and the world will not be disappointed. Look for a debut album out sometime next year. Speaking of worldwide, Mr. Raffoul is about to embark on a UK tour with Judah & The Lion and Kaleo after following a few short dates with Mondo Cozmo.  If you can’t get enough of Mr. Raffoul’s vocals until the album release, he was also featured on Avicii’s “You Be Love”.

“Dark Four Door” is out on Interscope Records.

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Blonde Maze – “Thunder” (New York City, USA)

RIYL: TYCHO, Purity Ring, Esther Joy Lane

Blonde Maze is the project of artist/producer Amanda Steckler. The last release we heard from Blonde Maze was 2106’s  “Antarctica” release. Since returning we have an awesome combinations of Ms. Steckler’s soothing vocals, dreamy beats and the addition of marimbas adds a nice tropical feel. “Thunder” is a great return for the indie darling.

Blonde Maze took the last year to write and record, fans can look forward to an upcoming EP in 2018. Ms. Steckler is completely self produced and has the potential to gain a large following with a bit more shares which won’t be too hard – “Thunder” already has 20k+ spins in just 10 days on Soundcloud.

Blonde Maze shares a bit about the track: “To me, ‘Thunder’ is about growing and changing with someone,” Blonde Maze says about the track. “You start to miss older times with them, but you also acknowledge that the growth has made them an inseparable part of your heart. Sometimes, with a relationship’s maturity, you lose your patience more, you let your guard down, and you get hurt, but the beauty of this maturity is that there becomes no one else in the world you are as comfortable growing with.”

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Isador – “Falling” (New York City, USA)

RIYL: Colony House, Portugal The Man, Sir Sly

Isador is the project of Warren Heller. “Falling” is Isador’s debut track and it’s the perfect mix of anthemic indie pop, expertly layered harmonies and meaningful lyrics. Isador brings a fresh and imaginative style within his debut track and will definitely be one to watch.

Isador shares a bit about “Falling”: “I dropped out of college and became isolated at home. It felt like my life was falling apart around me,” he explains. “Music had always been an outlet for me in the past, so I tried to channel all this dread and fear I was feeling into ‘Falling’. It helped me process what I was feeling and start to pick up the pieces.”

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Klangstof – “Everest” (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

RIYL: Day Wave, Local Natives, Unknown Mortal Orchestra

We have been followers of Klangstof for a while now and their newest release is super dreamy and the perfect track to spin while chilling out on the weekends. It’s like Local Natives collaborated with UMO to create both soaring harmonies and unique synthetic beats.

Their newest release seems to be a bit heavier on the synthetic elements overall but it totally works for the band and so far display their creative evolution.

“Everest” is the newest single release for the band and is also the name of their upcoming EP. Everest will be released November 3rd via Mind Of A Genius (MOAG). The EP is their follow up to 2016’s debut album, Close Eyes To Exit.

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Saints of Valory – “Painkiller” (Austin, USA via Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

RIYL: Dreamers, Magic Man, The Unlikely Candidates

Austin based favorites Saints of Valory finally have new music.  There are two new singles from the trio and it’s nice to finally have them back since they have had about a two year hiatus.

“Painkiller” is the newest track and it displays awesome vocals from Gavin Jasper, SOV’s penchant for killer guitar riffs and their clever lyrical style. We also heard from Gavin himself while bumping into him at ACL that more new music will be coming very soon. They have new material ready and will be releasing multiple singles within the coming months.

Saints of Valory are Gavin Jasper, Godfrey James, and Stephen Buckle.

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Striking Matches – “Ghost” (Nashville, USA)

RIYL: The Shires, The Black Keys, Whitehorse (Canada)

Striking Matches completely ripped it up at ACL this year. The duo totally takes charge on stage and their set was completely full of energy and quite mind-blowing.

Each of their songs are impressive and we are sharing “Ghost” as it displays a bit of their live vibe as Sarah and Justin both possess equally impressive guitar skills. You can check out a live rendition video of “Ghost” here. As far as women lead guitar players go, Sarah Zimmerman slays it. Striking Matches are quite amazing – check them out live if you ever get the chance. The Nashville duo have also had some of their songs prominently displayed on the ABC drama, Nashville.

“Ghost” is taken from the duo’s new EP, Shameless, which is out now via Capitol Records.

Striking Matches are Sarah Zimmermann (guitar/mandolin/vocals) and Justin Davis (guitar/vocals).

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