The Matinee ’18 June 18th includes 6 new tracks to get your week started off right. We have a nice mix of indie rock and synth pop. Artists are representing Canada, the US and the UK today. We hope you find your new favorite artist or song today.

Clans – “Trendy (Yes It’s Trendy, Oh It’s Sooo Damn Trendy to Be Cool..)” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Alt-J, John Vincent III, My Brothers and I

Clans is the project of LA based singer-songwriter Niko Monjarez. “Trendy” is his newest track release which chronicles the reality of the amount of time spent chasing likes and an online social media persona that in the grand scheme of things, really doesn’t matter.

The lyrics explain perfectly “I hope all of those likes keep you warm at night while you’re online inside your fake life”
the track continues “Who likes the real world anymore unless it’s framed and sold on etsy or purchased in the drug store”.  

The track also tackles chasing current trends and wearing expensive brand names to impress others. Overall, the track tackles the modern day reality of some that might feel more connected to an online like than a physical in person relationship. Mr. Monjarez brings such a unique spin on this track with his incomparable vocals  set to an almost doo-wop like composition.

We will be hearing more new releases this year by Clans as well as upcoming live tours. Clans has such a unique and interesting aura about his music that he could strike a chord with fans craving something different much like Alt-J did a few years back.

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FLING – “Extra Special” (Bradford, England)

RIYL: No Hot Ashes, Oddity Road, The Old Pink House

“Extra Special” is the newest track by Bradford based FLING. Their newest offering is an awesome psych inspired rocker capturing the beginnings of a new love for either someone or something. The vocals are inviting as the lyrics contemplate “Is it me or am I in love….Cuz it feels like I’m in heaven”.  The guitar lines are slick as the additional cowboy vibe adds in an another layer to the song that makes “Extra Special” just that.

Discussing their newest release, the band stated: “It’s about that private time of solitude in between the chaos where you choose whatever it is you want to do, whether it be smoking or something else. The moment where you empty your mind from all thoughts and just experience coexisting with someone or something that gets your vibe”.

The single is out on Dance to the Radio. FLING head out on a mini-UK tour this autumn. Tour dates and information are available here.

FLING is Charles McSorley (vocals, harmonica), Jack Winn (guitar), Billy Fielding (drums), Jake Lees (bass), Sam Maylnowsky (keys)

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FRND – “Erase” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: courtship., KAPTAN, RKCB

We haven’t heard from FRND in a while except for a few collaborations. “Erase” is the newest track from FRND (LA based musician Andrew Goldstein). It’s nice to hear a positive track from FRND as a few of the last songs tackled breakups and negative relationship experiences. FRND’s newest offering is upbeat and provides a very laid back composition so the lyrics are at the forefront. The song includes his signature glitchy synthpop which allows for immediate recognition as soon as the first beat drops. It’s another one to add to your weekend summer playlist.

“‘Erase’ is about someone coming into your life and wiping out lingering sadness from the past. When you realize the effect they have on you, you can’t help but fall for them.” – FRND

“Erase” is the first release from FRND’s much-anticipated sophomore EP, Before U I Didn’t Exist which will be out September 28th on Crooked Paintings/BMG.

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Martha Hill – “Spiders” (Newcastle upon Tyne, England via Scotland)

RIYL: Tash Sultana, Annabel Allum, Gretta Ray

“Spiders” is the debut track from multi-instrumentalist Martha Hill. Ms. Hill was born and brought up on the west coast of Scotland, and at the age of 17 decided to go busking around Europe before settling in Newcastle.

Ms. Hill’s vocals are quite intoxicating and reel you in as soon as the first lyric is sung. Not only does Ms. Hill have an unforgettable voice, her songwriting ability is impressive as she likens her thoughts to spiders in her head as she proclaims “Spiders, they won’t leave me alone and I pick the legs off while I wait for the seconds to slow”.

The track also includes an awesome guitar solo halfway through and the abrupt ending is quite brilliant considering the subject matter of the song. We are sure that Martha Hill will be one that we keep close tabs on. With her debut single, her talent is undeniable and she has the potential to make huge waves in the female singer-songwriter arena.

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Ocean Potion – “In The Grass” (Toronto, Canada)

RIYL: Day Wave, Ten Fé, Zeus

“In The Grass” is the debut release from Ocean Potion. The band is comprised of Mike O’Brien (Zeus) and Jason Haberman (formerly of Yukon Blonde) . The track is dreamy and nostalgic as we are reminded of simpler times of playing outside, running around all day with your friends and forming bonds that are hard to break. Growing up without cell phones or instant communication (unlike today), it was harder to maintain relationships when friends moved away.

Ocean Potion’s sound is definitely psych inspired with awesome reverb filled guitar riffs and floating vocals that instantly relax your mood. This track can easily be added to any chilled out playlist you are currently compiling.

The duo share a bit about the track: “In The Grass” is about childhood friendships that suddenly end. The person who was your best friend is out of your life forever. It’s about looking back on those relationships, and wondering where that person ended up in life after your paths separated.

Ocean Potion are currently in the process of finishing up their debut LP which is scheduled to be released later this year.

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POLARTROPICA – “Golden Soul” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Fever Ray, The Knife, Lykke Li

POLARTROPICA recently released the track “Golden Soul”. The track at first listen feels whimsical and warm, yet the story behind it is tragic and needs to be told. The song has an ethereal vibe and could definitely be a great track added to any upbeat playlist with it’s energetic feels and soaring vocals. The band reveals the meaning behind the song and it is all the more reason it needs to be shared with everyone:

“I wrote ‘Golden Soul’ watching someone close to me struggle through opioid addiction and the devastating effects it has had on the family and everyone connected.  We got a call from Ava the day Trump got elected to office, and have not seen her since. When a trusted doctor prescribed Oxycontin for a back injury from horseback riding 10 years ago, no one would have known that it would slowly devolve into a full-on heroin addiction. Now, we see in the news every day that entire communities are destroyed by this. On one hand, you’re fighting this incredibly heartbreaking and constant internal battle, while at the same time navigating responsibilities, stigma, family, the lack of resources available for treatment, especially for those not financially able to check into a privatized comprehensive treatment facility. The relationship with an addict comes from a place of love, and morphs into a whole other form of codependency, and the cycle continues.”

POLARTROPICA are Ihui Cherise Wu, Andrew Lessman, Graham Chapman, and Alexander Noice.

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