The Matinee November 6th includes 6 new tunes for your listening pleasure. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today.  We have a nice mix of new indie tunes including synthpop, indie rock, and dream pop. Bands are representing the US and the UK today.

Aly & AJ – “I Know” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Anna of the North, Astrid S, The Veronicas

Aly & AJ Michalka have released their second track in 10 years titled “I Know”.  The sisters took a hiatus from the music industry and pursued other creative projects. With their return, they are now creating music that they are excited about and so far their new sound screams dreamy synth-pop with an 80s flair.

Their current songwriting style and hypnotic production is proving that the sister duo are back and have what it takes to make an impact with more exposure. The story behind “I Know” is a very heartfelt track about the importance of friendship. Aly & AJ explain a bit about the song:  “This song was written a few days after we found out an acquaintance from our past had lost his battle with cancer. After seeing such an outcry of love & support from his close friends and family we decided to write something dedicated to friendship and the commitment we are all capable of giving when someone needs us most.”

Aly & AJ’s new EP, Ten Years, is out next Friday, November 17th.

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FKL – “Violence” (London, England and Seattle, USA)

RIYL: BROODS, flora cash, Meadowlark

FKL has recently released “Violence”. It’s a moving and beautiful piano based ballad that is all about the empowerment of women. Inspired by the explosive feminist novel “Women In Dark Times” by Jacqueline Rose, the track is a commentary on societal expectations placed on women and their objectification in the media.

The video is also powerful, depicts five women from various backgrounds as beautiful living statues in an opulent mansion. It shows how while maintaining a pleasant facade on the outside for the world to see, women are quietly powerful; that women are not the sunny-side-up nicer sex, women are the eye of the storm of progress.

FKL’s debut album, Out of Tune, is out this Friday, November 10th via Orphan Records.

The duo are Joe Gillick (South London) and Sage Redman (Seattle).

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The Gloomies – “Space” (feat. Madeline Follin)” (Encinitas, CA, USA)

RIYL: Beach Fossils, Cults, Tennis

The Gloomies have just released an awesome new track, “Space” featuring Madeline Follin of Cults. It has also been a while since we’ve heard from The Gloomies and the new material is a welcomed surprise. With the release of “Space” they have taken their blissed out indie guitar pop to a new level by adding the dreamy vocals of Madeline Follin.

The track does provide a nice blend of both bands as “Space” was mixed by Cults’ songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Brian Oblivion.  The final result is impressive as the song takes the listener to another level with the addition of Follin’s angelic vocals and a new element of hypnotic reverberating synth.

“Space” is out now via Thrill Me Records.

The Gloomies are Andrew Craig, Blake Martz, Chris Trombley, and Grant Martz.

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kyd the band – “Sad Songs” (Nashville, USA)

RIYL: Kaptan, Twenty One Pilots, Vinyl Theater

kyd the band are brothers Kyle and Devin Guisande and they have been releasing a single pretty much every month or so since the summer. “Sad Songs” is a new track that speaks to those that might be understood and struggle with depression. So far each new song they have released provides upbeat indie pop with hip hop influences which tell different stories regarding real life issues.

There is still no indication if all singles released so far will be part of an upcoming album or EP. The other cool thing about each new single is that it comes with a video starring the brothers who tell quite an interesting story. You can check out all the videos here and they need to be watched in the order of each new release.

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Marsicans – “Throw Ourselves In” (Leeds, England)

RIYL: Echo and the Bunnymen, The Fratellis, Kasabian

Marsicans are back with a brand new track titled “Throw Ourselves In”.  Their newest track feels like their grungiest to date. It’s definitely filled with high energy guitar and a chorus that you can’t help but sing along to. Lyrically the song speaks to new relationships where you truly throw yourself in and take a ride which causes you to fall in and out of love.

We can only imagine this track would be killer live with the fast paced guitar and shout out loud harmonies. Speaking of live, the quartet are just finishing a tour with JAWS and will be headlining their own tour next spring.

“Throw Ourselves In”  is out now on LAB Records.

Marsicans are James (lead vocals/guitar), Oli (guitar), Rob (bass/keys), and Cale (drums). They have a few more gigs left in 2017 plus a handful of concerts announced for 2018. Find dates and information here.

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New Portals – “Chasing Shade” (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

RIYL: Goldfrapp, Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers

New Portals just recently released their EP Golden Hour and “Chasing Shade” is a great new track. Their newest single includes acoustic based melodies, simplistic synth and rhythmic keys. Ruth clearly takes the forefront with her heavenly vocals shining throughout the track.

The duo share a bit about the track: “‘Chasing Shade’ is a song we wrote about that one person we all know who is just happy with their lives no matter what happens. We’re off busying ourselves, trying to make the world a better place or build a better or more fulfilling future for ourselves and some people are just happy to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. This song is about how envious we are of those people and how we wish we could just get away from the compulsions that drive us.”

Purchase Golden Hour on iTunes/Apple Music or stream it on Spotify.

New Portals are Ruth (vocals/percussion) and Mike Aicken (vocals/synth/keyboards)

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