The Matinee ’18 July 23rd includes six amazing new tracks to get your week started off right. The tracks range from indie rock to singer-songwriter to indie pop. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today. Artists are representing Canada, the US and The UK today.

County Line Runner – “Hard To Find” (England)

RIYL: The War On Drugs, The National, Frightened Rabbit

County Line Runner is the project of Adam Day (LYREBIRDS).  The debut track from County Line Runner is stunning as it reveals the talented songwriting of Day and the expansive composition that definitely reminds of The War On Drugs and even Bob Dylan. “Hard To Find” is a glorious slice of sweeping acoustic based indie rock.

The storytelling is perfect for someone going through a painful breakup as the lyrics offer a perspective that is hopeful yet also realistic as we hear  “Would you say or do those things if they were somebody new?” and “Love is hard to find, but it’s harder to leave…’s harder to leave.”

“Hard To Find” was produced by Bill Ryder-Jones and is a magnificent debut single. It’s the perfect joy riding or road trip track that can put you in a determined mood on the open road. County Line Runner is definitely now in the category of hopeful anticipation for new and upcoming releases.

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DD WALKER – “Malibu” (New York City, USA)

RIYL: The Drums, Wild Nothing, Ra Ra Riot

“Malibu” is the debut single for DD WALKER. It’s an impressive dreamy pop track that immediately grabs your attention. It’s definitely one you can add to your current summer playlist. The vocals are super smooth and almost reminiscent of Sting (The Police days).

The fast paced track is quite hypnotic with an ample amount of synth/percussion and vocals that float perfectly over new wave influenced guitar. The lyrics are sublime as it tackles finding a positive environment as the lyrics proclaim “Take me out of here, cuz tonight I’ve seen it all…..So tonight we’ll go….where the coast is clear.” 

DD WALKER has professionally played bass in with Gaven Turek, Bear Hands, Skylar Grey and Atlas Genius. “Malibu” is quite amazing for a debut track and might have the listener wondering why it took so long for DD Walker to share his full talents with the world.

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Earhart – “Achtung Heroes” (London, England)

RIYL: Cabbage, MALK, Shame

Earhart has a new track titled “Achtung Heroes”. The track is aggressive indie rock as it is heavy on guitar and attitude which is always a good thing. The vocals are memorable while we are taken on a ride lyrically through glimpses of the past and future. Named after trailblazing aviator Amelia Earhart, the band seems to be following suit in the music realm by blazing their own path with hook-laden yet hard hitting indie rock.

Discussing their latest effort, frontman Joe Tennant explained: “It’s part truth and part fantasy, moving forward with retrospection, glimpses of the past and of the future. Living in your imagination often seems just as real as living in the ‘real world’ to me. It reminds me of what you see before you die, or at least how that scenario is often portrayed in movies, and we wanted it to sound sonically as if opening up portals to different worlds and different time periods”.

“Achtung Heroes” is out now on Fauna Records. The band have a headlining show coming up in London on August 21st at The Waiting Room in support of their newest track.

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Hider – “Into The Sun” (London, England)

RIYL: Miami Horror, Penguin Prison, St. Lucia

Hider has returned with a new single titled “Into The Sun”. We premiered “You Look So Amazing” last year and the talented anonymous artist is back with a very infectious and feel good track. It’s an optimistic track about moving forward with new beginnings. The song speaks about being fed up with negativity and ready to start having a new perspective on life.

The lyrics speak to making  an inward change:

Sometimes I wake up and I wonder why
I even bothered, am I just wasting my time?
A broken record with no highs just lows
I feel it eating up my soul

But I won’t waste another minute
I’ll be on my way to new beginnings
In another place
A one way ticket on to better days
Out of the rain into the sun

“Into The Sun” could easily be anyone’s life anthem and the track is a stellar mix of synth pop with more of an EDM flair.

We are not sure exactly when or if Hider will ever reveal his true identity so in the meantime we can take in this talented artist without really knowing much of a backstory. Currently the music is proving Hider’s talent and leaves the listener anxious for more.

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Nuela Charles – “Troublemaker” (Toronto, Canada)

RIYL: Vintage Trouble, Meghan Trainor, Fitz & The Tantrums

Canadian songstress Nuela Charles is back. We previously shared her track “Do It Right” and she packs another punch with “Troublemaker”. Her newest offering chronicles the reality of the troublemaker type that ultimately is not a match at all as the lyrics state “You’re a smooth operator, and you like a little danger – I kinda love it but I hate it, you’re a real troublemaker.”

The track is filled with attitude as Ms. Charles counts the reasons why this particular guy is not the one for her. The smooth R&B beat is infectious and you can’t help but want to move. By the end of the track, we hear about the fact that she ‘s ready to move on as she says “There’s no denying your behavior….So see ya later alligator…”

“Troublemaker” is the track for all women that are whether intentionally or not attracted to the bad-boy type. It’s probably a situation most ladies can relate to and usually has the same outcome – it only lasts  a little while until we realize it’s time to move on.

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She Makes War – “Devastate Me” (Bristol, England)

RIYL: Veruca Salt, Juliana Hatfield, Joy Formidable

She Makes War is the solo project of Laura KiddSo far she is making hard hitting female-fronted rock that this world so desperately needs. “Devastate Me” is melodic yet raucous, much like eating something salty and sweet – the opposing tastes blend together wonderfully. Ms. Kidd’s vocals provide the sweetness to offset the grunge filled rock that reminds us of 90s greats like Sleater-Kinney and Veruca Salt.

She Makes War shares a bit about the track: “It’s about photography as a reflex, the way people overshare online and how when we die our online profiles just stay there. The internet is amazing – I’ve built my career using it, but it can be so awful.”

“Devastate Me”  is taken from her upcoming album, Brace For Impact, which is expected on the 28th of September.

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