The Matinee ’18 April 23rd gets your Monday started with a mix of eclectic tunes for the start of another week of Spring. We have a few upbeat tracks, and a couple of slower laid back ones. We hope you find your new favorite song or artist. Artists are representing Canada, Norway, The US and the UK.


Amanda Tenfjord – “First Impression” (Trondheim, Norway)

RIYL: Sigrid, Maggie Rogers, Alessia Cara

“First Impression” is Amanda Tenfjord’s debut single. It’s a catchy synthpop tune that introduces us to Ms. Tenfjord’s unique and alluring vocals. Our first impression is that Ms. Tenfjord is not only a talented vocalist, but also a true songwriter with lyrics like  “I’ve been digging deep to find some more, but you’re as shallow as the shore”.

The song speaks to those certain people who make a great first impression, but mainly because they way they present themselves is a gross exaggeration of their true self.

Ms. Tenfjord shares a bit about her debut track: “In the beginning, it was about first impressions in general, and the impact they have on us – that initial moment where you make a picture of a person, or his/her life, without even consciously thinking about it. We turned it around, and made it a little more ‘direct’ in its approach – how first impressions can be misleading,” she says. “Like when you meet someone who seems charming and fascinating and interesting, but then there’s just nothing beneath the surface.

Tenfjord’s single is out on Propeller Recordings. Ms. Tenfjord is expected to be releasing her debut EP later this fall, and we expect more new tunes from her this year.

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Bearson – “Get Lost” (feat. Ashe) (Oslo, Norway & Los Angeles/San Diego, USA)

RIYL: Coucheron, Highasakite, Lemaitre

Bearson is 24 year old producer Jakob Bjørn Hansen. His newest single is “Get Lost” featuring the vocals of Mom+Pop artist Ashe.

It’s an upbeat synthpop gem that has a hint of tropical vibes echoing throughout the track. Lyrically, we have a song about getting lost to find yourself, which can definitely be a true statement when talking about life’s journey. It’s a positive spin on taking a wrong turn or making the wrong choice as we often learn from those situations and are able to course correct.

The production from Mr. Hansen and Ashe’s psych-pop vocals make for an impressive combination.  “Get Lost” becomes the perfect track to add to any upbeat/upcoming weekend playlist.

Bearson is working on releasing a new EP later this year and we expect to hear more collaborations upcoming. “Get Lost” is released on Bearson’s own label, Next Wave Records

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Billy Raffoul – “Could You Be Mine?” (Leamington, ON, Canada)

RIYL: Hozier, Alexi Murdoch, Amos Lee

“Could You Be Mine?” is the latest track from Billy Raffoul. It’s an enchanting love song as Mr. Raffoul shares his amazing vocal range with us one more time. We recently shared his last track “Acoustic” and we are hearing another wonderful stripped back tune from Mr. Raffoul. With the acoustic foundation, we are able to focus on Mr. Raffoul’s impeccable voice and transparent lyrics which prove that he has everything needed to be become the next big singer-songwriter.

With his latest single, he has a way of explaining the true thoughts of new relationships where past hurt has been a constant. We hear lyrics that state: “We’re both afraid to take a chance, we’ve both got the same questions...To break down the walls, you’ve built for someone else. If you let them fall, we could be different…. We’re both afraid of broken hearts, we’re both afraid of showing scars”. 

We listed Mr. Raffoul on our ones to watch list this year and we still believe it’s only a matter of time before he breaks out to super stardom. “Could You Be Mine?” is out now via Interscope Records. Mr. Raffoul also has an upcoming summer tour with NEEDTOBREATHE.

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CHILDCARE – “Big Man” (London, England)

RIYL: Deerhunter, The Pale White, The Vryll Society

CHILDCARE have a new track titled “Big Man”. It’s a killer song that is brooding yet expansive. The harmonies are top notch as the lyrics tackle friction and discord within contrasting world views. The audible contrast within the track is the perfect example of the friction being mentioned within the lyrics. In many parts the track includes positive melodies yet the darker and brooding vibe is ever present.

Ed Cares shares a bit about the track: “There’s a place for fighting and affirming the values you stand up for, but too often we ridicule and dismiss those we disagree with. I’m bored of broad-brush Tory bashing and of hearing that everyone who voted for Brexit is stupid. This song is a reminder that we need to listen and try and understand those who believe differently from us.”

CHILDCARE are Ed Cares (vocals), Emma Topolski (bass), Rich Legate (guitar), and Glyn Daniels (drums). The song is out on Elephant Records.

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NIGHT OWLS – “Better With Age” (Leeds, England)

RIYL: Foals, The Maccabees, The Strokes

NIGHT OWLS have a new track titled “Better With Age”. The track is a perfect combination of  loud in your face grunge rock as well added industrial electronic elements. The result from their newest release equals explosive and addicting. Just like the song speaks to not being able to get enough of that social media addiction, we need to hear the track one more time and continue to hit repeat.

NIGHT OWLS share a bit about the meaning behind the song: “Better With Age is a commentary on this generation’s obsession with social media and how people portray their lives through rose-tinted filters online. It’s written from the perspective of someone who’s become addicted to social media and how it’s become addictive”.

NIGHT OWLS is comprised of William Pollard (bass/vocals), Liam Waddell (guitar), and Dominic Reed (drums). “Better With Age” is their newest single from the trio’s forthcoming EP, Tragically Human.

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Sam Valdez – “Farther Away” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Mazzy Starr, Angel Olsen, Pearl Charles

Sam Valdez has a new track titled “Farther Away”.  It’s a beautiful song that allows us to take in Ms. Valdez’s angelic vocals once again. With her timeless sound, it’s always something to look forward to each time she releases a new track. “Farther Away” lyrically tackles the subject of someone changing, and possibly not for the better.

The overall sound of her newest track has such a broad feel, almost like you can imagine Ms. Valdez wandering through the desert if she were to make a music video. The song would also be a great one to add to a long road trip with the windows or top down.

Ms. Valdez shares a bit about her upcoming EP and “Farther Away” specifically: “The whole EP was written during a period of change, and ‘Farther Away’ deals with the feeling of becoming someone you don’t want to be.” 

Valdez has recently signed with Nevado Music, and we know that she will be releasing an upcoming EP sometime this year.

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