The Matinee ’18 September 17th includes 6 new tracks to keep you moving this week. Some tracks are great indie rock, while we have a few singer-songwriters totally worth sharing. Artists today are representing the Canada, the US, and the UK today. We hope you find your new favorite song or band today.
Boy Bjorn – “Now I’m Running” (Nashville, USA)
RIYL: Foreign Fields, Hayden Calnin, Sufjan Stevens
Boy Bjorn is the project of Brian Holl of Foreign Fields. “Now I’m Running” is his newest release. The track has a cosmic 80s feel as Mr. Holl shares his struggle with anxiety. The song is upbeat even though the subject matter is quite serious. On “Now I’m Running” we also hear the vocals a bit muted with an almost underwater feel, which is fitting with the subject matter.
Mr. Holl shares a bit about the track: “I wrote it as an olive branch to others who have suffered or suffer” he says, “I needed that insight when I was in the worst of it. I needed to know that others couldn’t control it as well, that I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I needed to learn that every day was a step towards healing. It’s ultimately a celebration of the scars it left me with. That I wouldn’t give up my experience for softer skin.”
Boy Bjorn’s debut album, Mistaken Animals, is out October 12th via the UK’s Communion Records. He is also working on an upcoming Midwest tour.
Charlene Soraia – “Where’s My Tribe” (London, England)
RIYL: Marissa Nadler, Gabrielle Aplin, Tori Amos
“Where’s My Tribe” is the newest release from London native Charlene Soraia. It’s the title track to her upcoming album release. Ms. Soraia’s vocals are simply captivating as her first lyric sung grabs the listener’s full attention. The composition of the track includes simple harmonies and her impressive guitar work which fully allows her vocals to shine.
Charlene Soraia is back with new music after releasing her debut album Moonchild in 2011. She also recorded an amazing cover of The Calling’s “Wherever You Will Go” which has garnered over 60 million spins on Spotify.
Where’s My Tribe was recorded in her South London flat with no edits, no autotune and mostly in one take. Ms. Soraia has been interested in music since the age of 5 and is self taught on the guitar. Her talent is undeniable and the new album contains new tracks that solely focus on her song-writing and guitar work.
Soraia’s new album, Where’s My Tribe, is out January 25th, 2019 via Peacefrog Records.
CLAVVS – “Lay Back” (Brooklyn via Atlanta, USA)
RIYL: Sylvan Esso, Maggie Rogers, Flock of Dimes
CLAVVS are back with a new track titled “Lay Back”. CLAVVS are comprised of Amber Renee and Graham Marsh. The newest track is quite infectious as we hear a world vibe similar to some chords you might hear from Yeasayer. “Lay Back” definitely has a laid back feel and is the perfect track to say goodbye to summer.
Amber shares a bit about the new track: “‘Lay Back’ is the first song I wrote after we moved to Brooklyn in the middle of winter,” she says. “It was a stressful (but also magical) time, so I wrote it as a reminder to take care of myself, especially when I’m anxious or sad.”
Graham also shares a bit about the composition: “It doesn’t usually happen this way, but when Amber sang me the song, I immediately heard the exact instrumentation I wanted to create. It came together very quickly. I knew we were onto something when we played it back, and our two dogs were dancing in tandem on their hind legs.”
Margot – “Imagined Man” (London, England)
RIYL: DIIV, Yuck, Wild Nothing
“Imagined Man” is the newest track from Margot. The London based quintet are creating poetic dream pop that is definitely worth a listen. The lyrics are poignant as they question “Do you ever feel like an arid sea that’s forming mud cracks but no one else can see past the façade of your imagined man?”
Vocalist Alex Hannaway shares about the track: “It’s about hiding, from yourself and publicly, to fit the mould of an imagined idea of masculinity. Throughout, I’m confiding with whomever the listener may be, trying to be open about my own experiences”.
“Imagined Man” will be the perfect track to spin this winter if you are looking to feel a laid back warmth that will take you back to warmer days. It also provides some stellar guitar work towards the end as we hear a tinge of shoegaze mixed in with their ethereal dream pop vibe.
Margot are comprised of Alex Hannaway (vocals), Ben Andrewes (drums), Rob Fenner (guitar, keys), Albi Cleghorn (guitar), and Michael Webb (bass).
Nick Ferrio – “How Will I Know” (Peterborough, ON, Canada)
RIYL: Fred Thomas, Cass McCombs, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
“How Will I Know” is the newest release from Canadian Nick Ferrio. It’s a great indie rock track that all other artists can relate to. Mr. Ferrio’s sound is all around great indie rock with folk influences. The vocals are inviting and definitely remind of bit of Tom Petty.
Mr. Ferrio shares a bit about the meaning behind the song: “It’s about my relationship with music and thinking about why I’m drawn to make it, especially in today’s day and age, with the music industry changing. I’m asking myself a series of questions throughout the song: why am I drawn to do this? Is this my work? It brings me such joy, but is it work? Is music still worth something?”
The collective answer is yes that music is still worth something even though the music industry landscape has changed, it definitely still has value and directly from Nick Ferrio he has summed it up nicely and we totally agree: “Music has the power to transform, to give meaning, to create connection, to make change. Ultimately, that music is powerful. And because of that, music will survive whatever happens to the music industry.”
Ferrio’s new album, Have a Nice Day, is out on September 28th. Pre-order it on Bandcamp.
Party Nails – “I Go To You” (Los Angeles via New York City, USA)
RIYL: Charli XCX, Flint Eastwood, Robyn
Party Nails is Elana Belle Carroll. She continues to create mesmerizing tracks that covers a wide range of genres. “I Go To You” presents us with a stripped back version of Ms. Carroll as we usually hear a eletro or synthpop vibe from the versatile artist. On “I Go To You”, we hear her soothing vocals as she shares a very heartfelt love song set against acoustic guitar. The track is simple yet powerful and could be a glimpse of a future direction for Party Nails.
The delicate track provides us with some of Party Nails’ roots as Elana Belle Carrol began her music career in the Americana arena. It’s a refreshing and raw track that further proves her talent and will be a great addition to her upcoming release. This more recent and intimate route from Party Nails could also open the door for Ms. Carroll to further experiment with her sound and production style which will provide her fanbase with a diverse collection of her expansive musical talent.
“I Go To You” is from Party Nails’ forthcoming album Past Lives and Paychecks which will be released October 19.
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