The Matinee ’18 January 29th includes 6 new tracks that will get you moving. We have a nice mix of dream pop, synth pop, electro soul, as well and indie rock. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. We have artists representing Finland, US, Paris, Canada and the UK today.
Art of Shades – “Undone” (feat. Sylo Nozra) (Paris, France & Toronto, Canada)
RIYL: Elder Island, Tender Games, Twin Shadow
Art of Shades is the project of Leonardo Dessi. “Undone” is the newest release from the Franco-Italian producer. The new track began in Paris and was completed in Toronto. Sylo Nozra provides the soulful vocals on the track.
Mr. Dessi shares how the track came about: “I sent the beat to Sylo from Paris and, after hearing what he did on the vocals, wanted to finish the track over in Toronto. Since the beginning of the Art of Shades project, I’ve always been seeking features from all around the world and finally – last winter, that brought me to Toronto and then Los Angeles during the summer. I met some really incredible people during those trips that helped to fulfill my ideas. The relationship we now have is genuine, to say the least. (The song) It’s a symbol of my new friendships, and all of my North American collaborations to come.”
“Undone” provides a completely chill vibe with soothing electro beats that hold your attention throughout. Mr. Nozra’s soul filled vocals carry the track nicely.
The track is from Art of Shades’ forthcoming EP release this spring through AOS’ own label, Sound of Shades.
The Dig – “Moonlight Baby” (Los Angeles via New York City, USA)
RIYL: The Wombats, Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Fratellis
The Dig are back with a new single titled “Moonlight Baby”. The band has also recently moved to LA from NYC. Their newest track is sublime dream rock with a completely retro feel that has a nice addition of piano that kicks in towards the end. Lyrically this track is about moving on (in a relationship). The band shares: “Moonlight Baby is about moving because you’re forced to. A sudden shift in your reality without any advanced notice or preparation.”
The Dig will be releasing 2 EPs, (Moonlight Baby and Afternoon with Caroline) featuring 12 songs total, during 2018 via Roll Call Records. They’ll individually release each song as part of a playlist titled El Dig. Throughout the year, followers of the playlist will be picked at random to receive special items such as 2xLPs, limited-edition art prints, and more.
The Dig are: David Baldwin (guitar/vocals), Emile Mosseri (bass/vocals), Erick Eiser (keys/guitar), and Mark Demiglio (drums).
ISADORA – “Visions” (London, England via Los Angeles & New Jersey, USA)
RIYL: Grimes, Lorde, Mallrat
ISADORA has released a new track titled “Visions”. The now London-based artist has been able to work through her personal struggles via songwriting. “Visions” is a mantra for those out there who just aren’t quite sure what’s next as her lyrics proclaim: “I got visions, Man, but not a single plan”.
The track is bass heavy yet one that makes you want to move. It’s upbeat and addicting as the lyrics cover ISADORA’s struggles with anxiety and depression.
She shares a bit about her journey so far as an artist: “As soon as I began writing songs, I felt like I had found something that could get me out of bed in the morning, something to look forward to, even though I was struggling with my own mental health. “Ironically enough, as soon as I discovered that songwriting could be an effective tool in dealing with my depression, I was thrown into an absolutely soul-sucking world that felt to me like one big ‘battle royale’. I moved to a new city on my own, and witnessed firsthand so many young aspiring songwriters and artists being chewed up by this machine. It felt like everyone was competing, and where most would “fail”, a select few would “succeed” and obtain commercial success. I didn’t have the spirit for it, my self confidence was battered, so I became a recluse. I stayed in my bedroom all day and wrote and produced this EP instead.”
Her debut EP, called Battle Royale, will be released later this year via Ex Girlfriend Records.
Lake Jons – “Fake Fire” (Helsinki, Finland)
RIYL: Local Natives, Milky Chance, Midlake
“Fake Fire” is from Finnish band Lake Jons. The track is moving and melodic with soaring harmonies that remind of Local Natives. .Mr Jons’ vocals are soothing and subtle and blends well with their flawless instrumentation. The lyrics tackle issues about self produced ‘fake fires’ which could be any number of things in life, including not viewing relationships or certain situations in the right light.
Lake Jons isolated themselves in a cabin for months to complete their debut album. It seems that their heightened focus on the album with minimal distractions paid off. There is a special clarity felt with each song released, so maybe in this situation, their isolation brought forth a new perspective on creating and connecting with their audience. It’s a very strong debut and well worth a listen.
“Fake Fire” is taken from Lake Jons’ self-titled debut album, which is out now via AntiFragile Music. Streaming and purchasing options are available here. The band consists of Jooel Jons, Mikko Pennanen and Jaska Stenroth.
Until The Ribbon Breaks – “One Match” (Los Angeles, USA via Cardiff, Wales)
RIYL: Lo-Fang, SOHN, The Kite String Tangle
Until The Ribbon Breaks is a trio comprised of Peter Lawrie Winfield, Elliot Wall, James Gordon. “One Match” is the newest release this year and it’s probably their most vulnerable track to date. The song is written regarding vocalist Peter’s battle with addiction. The truth of the matter with addiction is shared in the lyrics: “Just one match to burn this whole thing down”.
The song is beautifully constructed with a somber tone, almost a musical farewell to his life that once was. We look forward to hearing more from the upcoming album as it was written from both perspectives (pre- and post-recovery).
There is a great video about Peter’s journey you can view here. Not only is he beginning a new life sober in a live setting, but also sharing his struggles through songwriting which will undoubtedly help others that may also be struggling. You can pre-order their upcoming album here.
Until The Ribbon Breaks’ self-titled sophomore album arrives February 23rd via 1405 Records.
Western Scene – “Strange but True” (California, USA)
RIYL: Broken Social Scene, Michael Nau, Destroyer
“Strange but True” Is the latest track from California based band Western Scene. Their newest release has an ethereal aura about it along with a mix of dream pop and folk-rock. Emotionally there is an exciting feeling while listening as we are presented with the lyrics “All that was lost in this small moment is gone, It’s strange but true”.
Frontman Tom Pritchard shares a bit about the track: “I was searching for a soundscape that would give dark and lush padding for a new song Idea I had. I got lost in patches for a long time in my living room and what came out was the song “Strange but True”. I wanted to convey the idea of escaping into the unknown and what kind of things will happen when you are truly on your own. Eventually things change and you run towards it.”
“Strange but True” is out now via Grand Jury Music.
Western Scene are Tom Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Wyatt Glodell (keys), Paul Hiller (bass), Joe Hardesty (guitar), and Kurt Allen (drums).
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