The Matinee ’18 July 2nd is here to kick off your week right, especially for those of you stateside that hopefully get a day off this week. We have a nice mix of songs today to get your Monday moving. Artists are representing Canada, Sweden, The UK and The US today.

Carter Vail – “Melatonin” (Miami, USA)

RIYL: Day Wave, Summer Heart, Wild Nothing

Carter Vail has just released the track “Melatonin”. It’s a little slice of auditory heaven. The vibe is warm and super laid back which will be perfect to spin in the cooler months to remind us of those warm sunny days. We can definitely imagine putting the track on during an upcoming road trip as well.

The lyrics speak about Jane, who is definitely one that doesn’t need to be riding in the back seat. The lyrics share “She’s got the pink sunglasses, high heels gonna walk it out. That Jane – whatcha doin’ in the backseat? I always thought you were a front seat Cadillac burnin’ up the town with us”. 

We can definitely envision riding in a convertible Cadillac with pink sunglasses and enjoying the ride while chilling to “Melatonin”.

Carter shares a bit about the track: “Melatonin is an unusual blend of laid back guitar music and Americana banjos. Lyrically focused, the song brings to mind a west coast nostalgia, with images of pink sunglasses, wired telephones and Cadillacs.” 

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Glassio – “New York, New York II” (Brooklyn, USA via Dubai, UAE; London, England; and Paris, France)

RIYL: courtship., FRND, Nick Murphy

Glassio have just released another track titled “New York, New York II”. Their newest track is a response to the reality of being an artist in NYC. The track is very euphoric with dance heavy beats as well as an anthem like chorus as we hear “I wanted to be a part,  I wanted to be a part of it in the New York….the New York”. It’s definitely the perfect track to add to your upbeat/feel good playlist.

Sam shares a bit about the track: “We initially thought of the song as a reality check to all the optimistic songs about New York. This was in response to lots of friends of ours deciding to give up on what they were going after and move back home or to another city, and to how unfair the city can be on people that have lived here for so many years/their entire lives. It’s about maintaining faith in your direction, questioning where you are going, lost expectations and New York is just the vessel for those feelings.”

Sam R. (Dubai/London) and Charles Pinel (Paris).

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Jane’s Party – “Surfing On A Sinewave” ft. Leland Whitty of BADBADNOTGOOD (Toronto, Canada)

RIYL: Michael Kiwanuka, Kamasi Washington, BADBADNOTGOOD

“Surfing On A Sinewave” is a new super cool instrumental track featuring saxophonist Leland Whitty of BADBADNOTGOOD. It’s an epic gem that calms your mood and provides that nice dose of electro-jazz you didn’t even know you needed. It’s quite cosmic in parts which brings a nice psych rock element into the track. Mr. Whitty is definitely showcased throughout and this needs to be added to your growing alt/indie instrumental playlist.

Tom from Jane’s Party shares how the track came about: “With all four of us growing up musically as jazz school students, we’ve always played and listened to instrumental music yet we had somehow never recorded an instrumental song. We thought it was time to see what that might sound like. The concept was to record it in a traditional way – a single day in a studio with all four of us jamming together in a single room – to capture a live vibe. We thought who better to inspire us and guide us through the process than Leland Whitty of BADBADNOTGOOD, whose production work in the studio and during mixing was an incredible learning experience.”

Jane’s Party are Devon Richardson, Tom Ionescu, Jeff Giles, and Zach Sutton. Their new album, Casual Island, is expected later this summer.

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L I P S – “Walls” (Falmouth, England)

RIYL: Alvvays, Basement Revolver, Cocteau Twins

“Walls” is the newest single to be released by L I P S. It’s a nice lo-fi rocker with impressive vocals by Rachel Anstis. The contrast of sweet and sugary vocals paired with fuzzy and loud guitar rock remind of successful bands like The Cranberries or The Sundays who made that contrast work. L I P S is also making it work and the potential for this quartet is huge.

“Walls” is a nice follow up to their previous track, “Apartment”. We are digging the lo-fi garage vibe along with the almost angelic vocals from Ms. Anstis. One thing is for sure, L I P S will be one band to keep an eye on. They have a talent for layering their sound in a very textured way. “Walls” definitely captures the spirit of 90s era bands but provide the perfect mix between dream pop and shoegaze.

L I P S are Rachel Anstis, Alex Smith, Theo Dorian, and Christian Wright. Pick up this single on Bandcamp.

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Mr Little Jeans – “Forgetter” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Nite Jewel, Purity Ring, St. Lucia

Mr Little Jeans is Norwegian songstress Monica Birkenes. “Forgetter” is her newest release an it’s a hypnotic electro pop gem that brings Ms. Birkenes’ sulty vocals to the forefront. The bass heavy track almost brings you into a trance. The song is definitely dance worthy although the lyrical content is a bit heavy.

Mr Little Jeans shares a bit about the track: “I wrote ‘Forgetter’ after a devastating break-up. I was severely depressed,” explains Monica, “But once I accepted how toxic the relationship had been, my mental state did a 180, almost overnight. I suddenly felt like I had super powers. ‘Forgetter’ is about this journey and the belief that you will survive a fall — no matter how dark.”

“Forgetter” is available now via Nettwerk Music Group. Mr Little Jeans is currently recording her next full length effort.

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NONONO – “Ego” (Stockholm, Sweden)

RIYL: Icona Pop, MS MR Oh Wonder

“Ego” is the newest release from Swedish band NONONO. It’s a lustrous synthpop gem and needs to be added to your upcoming weekend on the lake. NONONO can always deliver with an addicting baseline and the satiny vocals by Ms. Wäppling provide the perfect summer jam.

Stina shares about the newest release: “‘Ego’ is channeling the bittersweet feeling of refusing to grow up and not wanting to let go of your youth/ego. You know you are broken but you don’t want to fix it. The writing process started with Michel putting down a really nice baseline and me writing the lyrics and melody over it when stuck at home on a particularly blue Sunday. Tobias made the track shimmer and shine.”

NONONO are Tobias Jimson, Michel Flygare, and Stina Wäppling.

The single is out now via Warner Music Sweden. NONONO’s sophomore album is expected this autumn.

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