The Matinee ’18 December 3rd includes 6 brand new tracks to get your Monday kicked off right. As we move into the end of 2018, we hope you find your new favorite song or band today. We have a mix of sound today from singer-songwriter, synthpop as well as indie rock.   Artists are representing Canada, The US and the UK today.

Gabrielle Aplin – “My Mistake” (Bristol, England)

RIYL: Nina Nesbitt, Birdy, Lucy Roseem

“My Mistake” is the newest single from Gabrielle Aplin. It’s a beautiful piano ballad that lyrically tackles internal struggles, isolation and making certain mistakes. The  below lyrics tackle dealing with self worth and taking personal responsibility:

Am I jaded? / Am I meant to feel this way? / I’m a loser, getting beat by my own game / But if I falter, well at least it was my mistake / Well, at least it was my mistake / ‘Cause I choose to be this way

Gabrielle shares a bit about her newest track: “I’m really excited to release My Mistake. I’ve always found writing a therapeutic escape from real life, but this song gently forced me to be brutally honest. This is a song about finding a strange sense of comfort in admitting to yourself that you’re not feeling 100% and completely owning it.”

“My Mistake” perfectly showcases Ms. Aplin’s captivating vocals as she completely holds your attention throughout the simplistic production that includes commanding piano and soaring harmonies.

The single is out now on AWAL. It’s the first single from Ms. Aplin’s upcoming third album release, which will be out sometime next year.

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Henry Jamison – “Ether Garden” (Burlington, VT, USA)

RIYL: Buck Meek, Andy Shauf, Slow Dancer

Henry Jamison has a new release titled “Ether Garden”. Mr. Jamison was raised by a classical composer father and an English professor mother, Jamison was drawn to music and lyrics from his earliest days, and began recording his own homemade cassette tapes while he was still in elementary school.

His newest single gives us an acoustic based masterpiece that highlights Mr. Jamison’s simple yet profound storytelling style. The composition is just as delicate and captivating as the theme of the track. With his newest album he is tackling the deconstruction of what it means to be a man in 2018. According to Henry, he says “Ether Garden”’s relationship to the rest of the record is basically one of being a depth below the problems the other songs address, the depth at which an actual change could happen.”

So far with singles “Boys”, “Gloria” and now “Ether Garden” already released his newest album will be one to look forward to in 2019.

“Ether Garden” is from Mr. Jamison’s forthcoming album titled Gloria Duplex which will be released February 8 via Akira Records.

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Hotel Mira – “Jungle” (Vancouver, Canada)

RIYL: The Arkells, The Zolas, Hollerado

“Jungle” is the newest release from Hotel Mira. The newest single from the Canadian trio provides an energetic look at adolescent love. It brings back those memories of trying to navigate through hormones and emotions we didn’t know what to do with in our formative years.

The single is upbeat and nostalgic as it takes the listener back to finding your favorite bands growing up and then wondering if your next high school crush was really into you, or just wanting something else entirely. The harmonies are infectious and the track definitely begs to be put on repeat.

“Jungle” was inspired by Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.  Charlie Kerr shares about the track: “Halfway through writing “Jungle,” I realized something about adolescence. At that age most of us don’t possess the kind of emotional maturity and ability to communicate in an intimate relationship, and yet every overactive hormone in our bodies is making us fall in love at the drop of a hat. It’s a stage of life where you are at complete mercy of these feelings and emotions that are brand new. It’s a game you can’t win – try as you might. The truth is, more often than not, young love is a suicide mission that you aren’t ready for. “Jungle” is a big, messy, triumphant celebration of that. It is a salute to every broken teenage heart and to the tradition of music that I listened to that nursed me through those failed experiments at human connection.”

Hotel Mira are Charlie Kerr (vocals), Colton Lauro (guitar), and Mike Noble (bass). The single is out on Light Organ Records.

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Sasha – “Ouch!” (London, England)

RIYL: The Japanese House, Anna of the North, TRACE

London based Sasha has just released “Ouch”. The single is quite hypnotic as Sasha recounts a relationship that in hindsight wasn’t the best one to begin with. Sasha’s vocals are sweet yet strong and the composition on her newest track provides a shiny and brilliant exterior even though the lyrical content is not so sweet.

The single is a bit of a contradiction as it provides an upbeat and euphoric exterior while Sasha’s lyrics begin  to unfold and tell the story of believing things were one way when in reality, they really weren’t.

Sasha shares about her newest single: “It’s about knowing deep down that a situation is eventually going to hurt you, but seeing things through rose-tinted glasses at the time. And then kicking yourself when everything goes to shit because you saw it coming from the start. Tragic!” 

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Stereo Honey – “A Place Called Home” (London, England)

RIYL: The Boxer Rebellion, Grizzly Bear, Marsicans

“A Place Called Home” is from Stereo Honey‘s recently released EP What Makes a Man. “A Place Called Home” is definitely one of the stand out singles on the EP. It tackles the reality of all the masks we can sometimes wear to fit in with certain groups of people. The single was co-written by Rhys Lewis and is an honest and transparent single about our emotional insecurities. The vocals are soothing and the euphoric harmonies provide a warm and hopeful atmosphere while that emotional “home” is being found.

Singer Peter Restrick shares a bit about the track: “‘A Place Called Home’ is a track we wrote together with Rhys Lewis. As a band, we’ve never done a co-write with another artist before and we were really excited to work with such a talented, humble, and honest musician. The lyrics for this song were pretty agonizing to write in places and the result of many hours of conversation between Rhys and I… plus many glasses of wine. We’re really proud of the result. ‘A Place Called Home’ is a song about emotional honesty, about our reluctance to be ourselves around other people and the ease with which we slip into performative roles that can be unhealthy.”

Stereo Honey are Peter Restrick (vocals/guitar), Nicky Bolardi (guitar/keys), Ben Edwards (bass), and Jake Black (drums).

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Taylor Janzen – “New Mercies” (Winnipeg, Canada)

RIYL: First Aid Kit, Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers

“New Mercies” is the newest single from 19 year old songstress Taylor Janzen. This is the first time we hear a fuller, larger sound from the mostly acoustic based artist. Her newest offering is definitely more expansive in it’s overall sound, yet her vocals still mesmerize throughout. The addition of a full band does not take away from the power felt through Ms. Janzen’s vocal strength and lyrical prowess. “New Mercies” was mixed by Mike Mogis (Cursive, Phoebe Bridgers, Bright Eyes). The evolution of Ms. Janzen’s sound is now beginning and the listener is able to hear her full range of emotions with a full band in her newest release.

Taylor Shares a bit about her newest release: “I wrote New Mercies as a way to entertain my cynicism a little bit. I was feeling really spiritually lost (honestly when am I not?) and that’s what the song is about… a deep disconnect between my spiritual self and the faith I grew up with, and trying to find something to bring them together somehow. This is also my first song being released with a full band, and recorded in a real studio as opposed to a bedroom. Having a band really helped capture the frantic and frustrated energy of the lyrics and overall vibe of the song.”

Taylor Janzen is currently working on her sophomore EP so 2019 will be a busy one for her as she’s already been announced as a showcasing artist for SXSW 2019 as well as playing the Shaky Knees Festival in May.

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