The Matinee ’20 February 17 includes 9 awesome new tracks. The clear location winner is sunny California (LA to be exact), but we also have a couple of international tracks as well. Happy Monday and we hope you discover your new favorite song.
Brett Newski & the No Tomorrow – “What’d Ya Got To Lose” (Milwaukee, USA)
RIYL: Spoon, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Divine Fits
We’ve all had moments where we wanted to quit our jobs; move far, far away; or say, “Fuck it!”, and do whatever the heck we wanted. The only problem is that our subconscious talks us out of doing anything drastic, and we stay imprisoned in the life we do not want to live. If you’re looking for motivation on this Monday, let Brett Newski & the no Tomorrow and their new single, “What’d Ya Got to Lose”, be the inspiration.
The song possesses the cool, laid-back, indie rock sound of Spoon coupled with the honest and humorous lyricism of Stephen Malkmus. As the head-noodling guitar riffs and rhythms throb in the background, Newski tries to convince himself and everyone else to take the leap of fate. After all, our current existence isn’t exactly all roses and what’s the worst thing that could happen? He says with a deadpan delivery:
“Meet me at high noon / I’ll try to tell you how I feel (if I’ve got the guts)
Because what’d I’ve got to lose?
When I’m finite like limelight / You’re standing all the time (give me just one try).
What’d ya got to lose?”
Happy Monday! Now go and life you live after you’ve had your morning cup of coffee.
The single is from Newski’s forthcoming album, Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down, which is out April 3rd via Nomad Union.
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram – “Broken Promises” (Clarksdale, MS, USA)
RIYL: Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Clark, Jr.
What do Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin have in common, besides their status as legends? They began their careers as adolescents, proving that talent is evident at an early age. The same goes for emerging blues legend Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, the 21-year-old Mississippi artist who’s been wowing crowds since his youth. His impressive, Grammy-nominated 2019 debut, Kingfish, introduced him to the world. His newest single is a red-hot reminder that prodigies of his caliber still exist.
His cover of the Michael Burks classic “Empty Promises” showcases Ingram’s talents as a gifted blues guitarist and a passionate vocalist. You ache along with him as he laments how his lover offers only empty promises instead of true love. Every note ratchets up the tug on your heart. Just when you think you can’t take it any more, he offers cathartic release with a guitar solo so intense you can only exhale. Few artists leave you this slack-jawed and breathless; fewer still make you grateful for the experience. Get to know Christone “Kingfish” Ingram now so you can discover what your heart has been missing.
Hollow Ship – “We Came Too Late” (Gothenburg, Sweden)
RIYL: Dungen, Grateful Dead, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Pond
Imagine if you combined the heady grooves of The Grateful Dead with the modern psych-rock brilliance of Dungen into one band. The result would be a trip in every sense of the word, right? Now stop imagining, because such a band exists. Their name is Hollow Ship, and they are yet another talented Swedish export. (Seriously, what is in the water there that makes every band and artist from every genre so insanely talented?)
Hollow Ship are more than just a psych-rock five piece on a mission to expand your mind. Their blend of ’60s-era British and American rock elements with contemporary freshness makes their new single “We Came Too Late” irresistible. The opening hooks have a breezy, sun-kissed quality that surely has Jerry Garcia smiling from beyond. The band reveal their artistry throughout the song, with tight hooks and riffs that meld into a seamless product. The last half of the song becomes especially kaleidoscopic, so prepare to enter a dimension of increased cosmic bliss.
Hollow Ship are: Thomas Frank (guitar/vocals), Vincent Vensal (guitar/vocalss), Johannes Cronquist (bass/vocals), Lisa Kylsberg (production), and Märten Magnefors (drums).
The Jacks – “Olivia” (Los Angeles, CA)
RIYL: Cage The Elephant, Oasis, Travis
So far 2020 is looking great for The Jacks. The Southern California-based band has released two impressive new tracks in the new year. The singles are leading up to their upcoming EP, Remember You which will be released March 6, 2020.
“Olivia” is one of those tracks and it takes the listener on a nostalgic trip of first loves, summer days and possibly wishing once again for what was. The vocals are intimate and the lyrics are completely relatable for anyone who has had a love interest that might possibly move away. The acoustic based track reveals the vocal range and talent from Jonny Stanback and the chorus is definitely one of those that gets stuck in your head. It’s the perfect track to spin as we are all waiting for warmer weather to hopefully approach soon.
The Jacks definitely have their rock numbers down, “Just A Little Bit” is the other single released this year (or re-released to be exact) and it is signature The Jacks who get the listener moving with their fully amplified sound. “Olivia” shows a different side of the band as they strip things back and prove they can produce addicting rockers as well as emotional acoustic based tracks.
The Jacks are Jonny Stanback (vocals/rhythm guitar), Thomas Hunter (guitar), Scott Stone (bass), and Josh Roossin (drums/percussion).
You can pre-order their upcoming EP here.
Lauren Ruth Ward – “Water Sign” (Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: Angel Olsen, Fiona Apple, Jesse Jo Stark
Two years ago, Lauren Ruth Ward released her awesome debut album, Well, Hell. In our review, the first paragraph was:
“…(W)hat if Lauren Ruth Ward was born in the ’60s and performed in the ’70s? How big would her star be? With her Joni Mitchell-esque folk-rock background and now a bone-jarring, blues- and southern-rock approach that in the Janis Joplin mould, there’s little doubt she would be looked upon today as one of music’s iconic artists. Unfortunately, not all things in life are fair, but Ward has plenty of time to re-write history. It commences with, Well, Hell, her edgy, witty, and intelligent debut album.”
If you missed out on the LP, here’s your second chance at an introduction, as Ward has released another excellent tune in “Water Sign.”
The edgy but calm folk-rock approach is addictive, but that’s not what draws you in. Instead, Ward’s smokey vocals and fantastic songwriting are what grab your attention. From start to finish, Ward delivers memorable lines that describe people’s perceptions of her and how she contributed to her own difficulties. Her words are brutally honest, as she basically tells everyone (in a very kind and diplomatic way) they can take their opinions and shove them up their ass.
“That one time I was a rowdy sheeter
I did it my sentence it was cruel, but I finished it
While I was in my private cell, I didn’t need your demolition
Everybody says, ‘Oh, I can tell, she got the key to her own prison.'”
Ward’s new album, Vol. II, is out March 13th. It should be another memorable effort.
Olivia Henry – “Beautiful” (Los Angeles, CA USA)
RIYL: Ella Fitzgerald, Fiona Apple, Sara Bareilles
Olivia Henry came onto the scene back in 2014 with a three track EP and unfortunately had to take a long hiatus after being diagnosed with a variety of joint related autoimmune conditions, and she was forced to take an un-welcomed hiatus. Henry reflects:
“The worst part of those years—confided to a bed, wasting away, horrible pain—was the sense that my life had no purpose.” Olivia reflects. “In those moments, I really took solace in my music heroes and found inspiration in the idea that I could create music that might bring someone else an emotional catharsis or even an escape.”
Luckily she has recovered and has recently released her debut album Expectations which is a lovely showing of jazz influenced indie pop. Her sultry vocals are impactful and hypnotic and “Beautiful” is a stand out single from the album. The acoustic based single puts Henry’s magnetic vocals in the forefront, surrounded by blues inspired riffs. Overall she has an “old soul” vibe radiating throughout the album but also delivers it in a modern package with a definite pop slant.
So far, Expectations is an impressive offering from Henry and with her combination of stellar vocals and her authentic songwriting talent, she stands to make an impact in the indie pop arena. Her debut album is available here.
Ringo Deathstarr – “God Help the Ones You Love” (Austin, USA)
RIYL: Pinkshinyultrablast, No Joy, My Bloody Valentine
With the dawn of a new year, another great shoegaze band announces its return. In the case of Ringo Deathstarr, five years have passed since Pure Mood was released. Although the Austin-based trio have remained active as a band and in other projects, the long break between records did leave some wondering if they would record anything new. Last week, they answered those questions with the release of “God Help the Ones You Love.”
The track is a delirious ride that feels like a Shakespearean play. Its first act is beautifully hazy, as bassist Alex Gehring’s distant, astral voice hovers over the brooding, dark atmospherics of Daniel Coborn’s penetrating drumming and Elliott Frazier’s chiming guitar. The song picks up speed as it enters its second act before floating back into the deep abyss in the next chapter. Act four is transcendence, as the three-piece create a lush soundscape. The finale is an adrenaline-inducing, stomach-churning moment, as the instruments pick up steam and Gehring pleads for God to help the ones she loves. Her desperation is not merely that of a person on the edge, but her words are for everyone who has felt left behind by those who should be defending all.
Alex Gehring (vocals/bass), Elliott Frazier (vocals/guitar), and Daniel Coborn (drums) are Ringo Deathstarr. Their eponymous new album arrives March 27th via Club AC30.
Sara Jackson-Holman – “Candy” (Los Angeles, USA)
RIYL: Lana Del Rey, Hope Sandoval, Lykke Li
There are love ballads and then there are love ballads. They’re not all equal. Most go over the top with big arias, full orchestras, and cheesy lyrics. Then there are songs that rely on subtlety to steal your heart and force you to gasp for air. This is the effect of “Candy”, the new single from Sara Jackson-Holman.
The composition of the track is beautifully executed, where the delicate arrangements gently swell to create a soundscape that is breathtaking. Jackson-Holman’s voice possesses the smooth smokiness of Lana Del Rey, while her songwriting matches the indie star’s imagination. The song is not, however, the usual love song. Although Jackson-Holman professes her love for someone, her affection is not reciprocated. Her story is that of a modern-day Eponine, who longs from afar for the love of Marias. This is her “On My Own”, and like the classic Les Misèrables song, its brittle vulnerability leaves every listener crushed beneath its emotional weight.
Jackson-Holman will release two EPs this year after a three-year hiatus. The first, Candy, drops April 3rd.
Sunbather – “Softly Spoken” (Brisbane, Australia)
RIYL: Cocteau Twins, GEMS, Beach House
It’s Monday, which means we have to share at least one debut song from a band that almost everyone has yet to learn their name. Soon, however, music fans (especially those who listen to Triple J in Australia) will know who Sunbather are because their first single will leave listeners uttering a wide-eyed “Wow!”
“Softly Spoken” is a dreamy, intoxicating dazzler. It sounds like the concoction that Victoria Lagrand of Beach House would create if she teamed up with the Cocteau Twins or Lush. Michael Todman’s shimmering guitar echoes the blissful haze of Lush guitarist Miki Berenyi. Sally Latter’s (vocals/bass) voice is heavenly, as she shares the moments held between two people. Her story is simultaneously a recollection of what was and a reminder about the things that truly matter. When you find something that paralyzes every part of your body, all you want to do is “to stay here forever”, and forever play this song.
Latter and Todman’s five-track debut EP is expected later in 2020.
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