It’s Friday, so we have to share more upbeat, hip-shaking, shoulder-shimmying numbers. From electronic music to pulsating new wave to sugary indie-pop to anthemic pop-rock, The Matinee ’18 April 27th edition will get you ready for the weekend.
Artificial Pleasure – “On A Saturday Night” (London, England)
RIYL: Talking Heads, Gang of Four, Roxy Music
Last year, Artificial Pleasure released one of the great songs of 2018 with “Wound Up Tight”. It was new wave music for the 21st Century, and it endlessly walloped synth-uppercuts and electrifying guitar jabs for its 4.5-minute duration. The London outfit is back with another whale of a new wave track with “On A Saturday Night”.
Once again, the band channel the Talking Heads with a gigantic splash of Gang of Four and a slice of David Bowie. It is a track that is perfect for slow grooving on the dance floor, doing a Will Ferrell-like slither, or whatever funky dance you like to show off on the weekend. The most important thing, though, is to “not think twice” and just have fun, which is what Artificial Pleasure encourage us to do and find.
Hatchie – “Sleep” (Brisbane, Australia)
RIYL: CHVRCHES, Lush, illuminati hotties
Who is the fastest-rising indie artist of the year? There are plenty of candidates but Harriette Pilbeam – a.k.a. Hatchie – is definitely in the running. She’s gone from being a rising Aussie star to becoming one of the hottest global names. Her star potential is off the charts because she’s turning ’80s dreamy, synth-pop into exhilarating music for 2020. In addition, she’s adding meaningful messages, turning her songs into personal anthems, such as with “Sleep”.
This dazzling piece of art is meant to be heard in all formats and media. With headphones on, it will stir your emotions and make you believe that you can escape from the things that haunt you. Played in front of an attentive crowd at the Sydney Opera House, it will leave everyone in awe. Put on the big screen, it’s the perfect soundtrack for a twentysomething meandering her way through life’s labyrinth and who realizes she doesn’t “have to speak out loud” to be heard or to make a difference. Simply put, Pilbeam has delivered another stellar gem that will shine brightly again when taste-makers review the best songs of the year.
Hatchie’s debut EP, Sugar & Spice, will be released on May 25th via Ivy League Records (Australia/New Zealand), Heavenly Recordings (Europe), and Double Double Whammy (North America). It’s going to be a record to remember.
The Hip Abduction – “Come On Get Up” (St. Petersburg, FL, USA)
RIYL: Joywave, Magic Man, Moon Taxi
The Hip Abduction formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music. They began as jam sessions and grew from there. “Come On Get Up” is their newest single release. Their unique combination of sounds provides a tropical laid back vibe that is perfect for the upcoming summer season.
The vocals are smooth and calming as we hear a call to get up with lyrics that state:”Come On Get Up – Fight for your right – Listen to your heart”. The beats surrounding the vocals are hypnotic and definitely dance ready. “Come On Get Up” was produced by Kenny Carkeet (formerly of AWOLNATION) & mixed by Ben O’Neil (Sum 41, Lindsey Stirling). The band are also embarking on a nationwide tour, you can check out the dates here.
The Hip Abduction are David New (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Powers (bass), Dave Johnson (baritone and tenor sax), Sean Fote (keyboards), Matt Poynter (drums, vocals) and John Holt III (kamale ngoni, guitar, vocals).
HOO HAs – “Rantra” (London, England)
RIYL: Blur, EMF, Spoon
Way back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the Brit-pop scene was interpreted by the Madchester wave, which saw an influx of Manchester-area bands fuse alternative rock with psychedelic, acid house, and a whole slew of other influences. The result was high-energy, rollicking songs from the likes of Blur, EMF, Jesus Jones, and others. If you weren’t around during that time, fortunately HOO HAs are bringing that era to life with their newest single, “Rantra”.
Reminiscent of EMF’s classic “Unbelievable”, “Rantra” has a similar vibe musically and lyrically. It starts off more controlled, but as the song progresses and the rhythms and melodies get a bit gnarlier you’ll find yourself punching the air, whipping your head back and forth, and losing your mind. Even the band encourages us to screw the status quo and do what we want to do. To get ourselves out of the current rut and create our own history. If this band was around 25, 30 years ago, we would be talking about them as living legends.
HOO HAs are Jamie (vocals), Mark (guitar), Jack (bass), and Adam (drums)
Hospital – “Nothing but Love” (Moscow, Russia)
RIYL: The 1975, Passion Pit, Two Door Cinema Club
Some people think the ’80s is the worst decade of music, and there certainly was a lot of bad music back then. Time is a funny thing, though, as the stuff we despised then we adore now. For us, we love to hear bands reinterpret the ’80s, cutting off the excess fat (a lot of songs were way overproduced) and focusing on all the elements that led to classics like “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and “Jessie’s Girl”. Now not every group can make the ’80s sound great, but Russian quartet Hospital certainly have perfected the formula.
For the better part of this decade, they have brought the sounds of Rick Springfield, A Flock of Seagulls, and Frankie Goes To Hollywood to the modern age. Their last single, “In the Evening” was perfect for a long, late-night drive. Their newest track, “Nothing but Love”, is meant for showing off your best moves on the dance floor while the glistening colors reflecting off the disco ball rain down on you. It’s energetic, exciting, and engaging with the shimmering guitar lines, the soaring synths, and the groovy rhythms. Then there is front man Egor Berdnikov, who tells us how he wants what everyone else does – “wants to feel love”. And you, too, will feel the love while spinning this infectious little pop gem, which would be perfect on any workout playlist (even Richard Simmons could work out to this).
Hospital are Egor Berdnikov (vocals/guitar), Aleksey Shorin (bass), Andrey Tsvetkov (guitar), and Vladimir Balovnev’s (drums), and their new album is expected next month.
Jane’s Party – “You’re The Light” (Toronto, Canada)
RIYL: Fast Romantics, Yukon Blonde, The Zolas
“You’re The Light” is the newest track released by Jane’s Party. The Toronto based band are back with a new singles since releasing 2016’s Tunnel Visions. “You’re The Light” continues to prove that Jane’s Party are consistently perfecting melodic indie rock tunes where you just keep wanting to hit repeat. There is a dance ready feel to their newest single and it captures their energy and the addicting harmonies as well as lyrics that proclaim: “You’re the light I’m lookin’ for…You’re the fight I never fought, You’re the sign I never saw – You’re the Light.”
Their video released for the song is pretty cool as well with unique uses of light (of course).
The band share: “The resounding feeling after recording “You’re The Light” is that every one of us thinks both as the artist and the producer – always staying opening minded, playing our hearts out and steadily guiding the ship towards the finish line.”
Jane’s Party is comprised of Jeff Giles, Devon Richardson, Tom Ionescu and Zach Sutton.
Paris Youth Foundation – “The Off Button” (Liverpool, England)
RIYL: The Hunna, Sundara Karma, SWMRS
Push the furniture right up to the walls, make sure the floor is cleared, create your own light show (pulsating flashlights are excellent), and get ready to just dance. Dance like Tom Cruise in Risky Business or Napoleon Dynamite at his high school’s talent show. Or do your best Olivia Newton-John impression. Whoever you wish to imitate, Paris Youth Foundation will get you up and moving with “The Off Button”.
Should there be another coming-of-age movie being made or some remake of Pretty in Pink or Singles, “The Off Button” has to be on it. It’s perky, energetic, and full of dramatic hooks. It is also perfect for the inevitable scene where one central character is seen running through the streets to chase after the one who got away. Heck, even the lyrics reveal a man trying to look go of the person who broke his heart or maybe the person he met briefly but has since flown to the other side of the world. Yeah, it’s a little sappy in the storyline, but it sure is fun and memorable.
Paris Youth Foundation are Kevin Potter (vocals), Tom Morris Jones (guitar), Jamie Hive (guitar), Paul Bates (bass), and Jonny Alderton (drums).
Tancred – “Queen of New York” (Maine, USA)
RIYL: Alex Lahey, Waxahatchee, Charly Bliss, Soccer Mommy
We’re still in shock that we only heard about the Jess Abbott-led band Tancred this year. How is possible that we missed out on such a gifted and awesome outfit who reminds us of a young Liz Phair? Better late than never! We definitely won’t be forgetting about Abbott, Kevin Medina, and Terrence Vitali from here on out, especially after they shared the urgent and remarkable “Reviews” last month and now the catchy ear-worm, “Queen of New York”.
This tune is fantastic, reminiscent of Alex Lahey’s exhilarating pop-rock anthems coupled with Waxahatchee’s clever lyricism. The instrumentation is upbeat and groovy, but Abbott’s urgent vocals are what make the track. As do her words, as she describes falling for the “Queen of New York” and how her subtle actions entice Abbott. The song, though, is much more than just another infatuation tale, but it is also the story of being a woman and queer in today’s society and how lonely it can be. Despite the solemn message, optimism still rings through the entire track – that of a woman who has found love.
RIYL: coucheron, Flume, ford.
Ukiyo is 21 year old Australian producer Timothy Arnott. He has just released “Go” featuring Chymes. “Go” is a lovely track that begins with chill piano and builds into a dreamy electropop wonderland courtesy of Ukiyo’s graceful production. The candied vocals courtesy of Chymes complete the laid back feel the song creates.
“Go” is definitely a song that can easily be added to your chill weekend playlist, or a soothing tune to help calm or instantly relax your mood.
Timothy shares a bit about the track: “Go was a track that came about after my first Melbourne show last year. It was my first Ukiyo show outside of my hometown and the first time I’d flown for ages. Being up there is always a harsh reminder of how small we are.. the idea was centered around a feeling of adventure and the possibility of happiness out of sadness. It’s about fixing relationships, whether that be with yourself, someone you love, or something you love.”
“Go” is from Ukiyo’s forthcoming EP titled Fantasy due July 25th.
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