First, Happy Canada Day to all your Canadian friends and family! Today, we’re doing the Canadian thing in that we’re shining the spotlight on others and not ourselves. The Matinee ’20 July 1 features 8 amazing tracks to get everyone through the rest of this week and celebrate the upcoming festivities. We have everything you could want to get your mood set straight whether it be to relax and chill a little or to get your blood pumping. Regardless of what you are looking for, hopefully you find one of your new favorite songs or bands today. Happy Canada Day and Happy Hump Day to the rest of the world!
Sad13 – “Ghost (of a Good Time)” (Philadelphia, USA)
RIYL: tUnE-yArDs, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen
I’ve never seen anything more relatable when I read Sadie Dupuis was inspired to write “Ghost (of a Good Time)” by “a recent Bushwick basement show with a 1 a.m. start-time she would have tolerated a decade ago”. That’s the charm of Sadie’s music, whether it’s Speedy Ortiz or under her moniker of Sad13. On her first record as Sad13, Slugger there were plenty of relatable, relevant, and urgent songs. “Ghost of a Good Time” is the second look at Sad13’s upcoming record, joining “WTD?” which was released as a part of Adult Swim Singles.
“Ghost (of a Good Time)” is another relatable, and relevant song. Thinking of days and times past that were considered fun, chasing those good feelings to find something else. It’s about not getting caught in that nostalgic trap. “Ghost (of a Good Time)” also embraces the benefits of introversion and embracing staying in. It’s all wrapped up in a nice synthy-pop package that has a heavy influence from its contributor, Merril Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.
Sad13’s sophomore album, Haunted Painting, is out September 25th on Wax Nine Records.
Washed Out – “Time to Walk Away” (Perry, GA, USA)
RIYL: Hibou, Wild Nothing, Day Wave, Josh Rouse
Ernest Greene has the cure for your COVID-induced wanderlust. While it’s neither a vaccine nor a plane ticket, the lush tones of the latest Washed Out tune are powerful enough to take you someplace nice, if only in your mind.
“Time to Walk Away” delivers in four minutes more escapist bliss than you’ve likely had all year. This is because the Georgia-based chillwave artist has an unrivaled penchant for creating immersive, stress-reducing soundscapes. The breezy Mediterranean warmth of this song sets the tone for his upcoming Purple Noon album, a project that Mr. Mellow himself wrote, performed, and self-produced. With elements that evoke both Day Wave and Josh Rouse, “Time to Walk Away” is an ideal way to usher in the summer.
Vilde – “Splutter” (Stockholm, Sweden via Melbourne, Australia)
RIYL: The Antlers, Atoms for Peace, Sleep Party People
We have long stated that Thomas Savage’s project Vilde is one of the most underappreciated and underrated artists in all of music. He’s creating in Thom Yorke’s area code, which is a very exclusive club. He can exhilarate, enchant, haunt, and awe, and he can capture these feelings in a single song, as he does on “Splutter”.
The song is a magnificent achievement. For those who were not around during The Antlers prime, this tune is an introduction to what you would have missed. Fans of the great NYC indie band, meanwhile, will likely reminisce about all their favorite tunes and how every The Antlers song felt like a spell had been casted. Savage wields similar magic, where every delicately-executed note is seductive and hypnotic. As your head suddenly becomes light and hazy, try to listen intently to story of love and despair, which is akin to Radiohead’s “Nude”.
“Out on a limb, above the law,
I can admit it
We had a flaw Heavenly sent,
Out on patrol, I’m only seeking,
“Splutter” is taken from Savage’s new album, Atopia, which is out now. Get it on Bandcamp. It’s a superb record.
Rebecka Reinhard – “No Release” (London, England via Stockholm, Sweden)
RIYL: Angel Olsen, Snail Mail, Nadine Shah
Rebecka Reinhard’s music is captivating from the first moment it meets a listener’s ears. Her voice is stunning, and has a versatility to her music that some of the best of her contemporaries do. Earlier this year, she shared “Whale”, which felt like a Courtney Barnett-style rocker, and this week, she’s back with “No Release”.
“No Release” is a triumphant slow build. Starting with just a little guitar and shortly joined by Reinhard’s voice, it eventually adds wonderful harmonies before ascending into its huge ending. Lyrically, it’s a tale of frustration, of the inability to have a release. Reinhard herself describes the track as a “slow, rumbling war cry.” Eventually that rumble explodes, into a barrage of drums and a cutting guitar solo, providing the cathartic release the Reinhard seeks.
Her new EP, Whale, drops August 21st, which is the date of her awakening, so get to know this rising star now.
The Cool Greenhouse – “Smile, Love!” (London, England)
RIYL: Parquet Courts, Baxter Drury, Shame
It’s no surprise that we have a soft spot for emerging talent. Upcoming bands are our bread and butter, so we naturally gravitate towards the scrappy acts whose raw talents knock our socks off. Those bands who, if this were a normal festival summer, would play the afternoon slots usually have an unquenchable desire to rise. They want to see their names higher on the lineup list in a font that isn’t so bloody small. They’re hungry, and their performances often prove such. For this reason, it’s especially challenging for emerging bands to make an impression during a global touring hiatus. Unless, of course, you’re The Cool Greenhouse. Based on the strength of their raucous punk banger “Smile, Love!”, we are confident that nothing will hinder their rise to greatness.
This raised-fist anthem is a rallying cry for anyone who’s been told to smile. The wry lyrics and thrashing guitars create a hurricane force of fuck-you energy directed at every “stupid prick” who has uttered the title words. We are very much here for it. Now all we can do is pray to the festival gods that these guys are booked for a bigger stage at Glastonbury next year. A band like this – one that features the raw talent of Parquet Courts, the fire of Fontaines D.C., and the kinetic spark of Shame – deserves to be showcased in a prime spot with plenty of room for thrashing about in solidarity.
Skegss – “Under The Thunder” (Byron Bay, Australia)
RIYL: Futurebirds, Dune Rats, Milky Chance
Who is the preeminent garage surf-rock band in Australia? Pose that question to any Aussie and you’ll get a hardy debate. Western Australians will likely wage an intense campaign in favor of Spacey Jane. Queenslanders will exalt the high-energy shenanigans of Brisbane’s Dune Rats. Those in New South Wales, specifically around the tourist hot spot of Byron Bay, will probably say no band comes close to Skegss. The surfing trio of Toby Cregan (upright bass), Jonny Laneway (drums), and Ben Reed (vocals/guitar/synth) are unquestionably one of the most entertaining live bands around, fueling audiences with fist-pumping rhythms and hip-shaking, summery riffs. They’re not, however, just entertainers, as like many Aussie artists they’re gifted songwriters and storytellers, and they showcase all their talents on “Under The Thunder”.
Get ready to juke, jive, and, well, move in way that feels natural because “Under The Thunder” is one rollicking good time. A southern country-rock vibe bleeds into the band’s trademark surfy vibes, making this tune ideal for a barn dance or a beach party. Beyond the jerky rhythms and jangly guitar lines lies a story of three young men still finding their place in this world. They’ve lived the good life, but they also realize that they have “many things to learn”, “energy to burn”, and “forgiveness to earn”. Maybe it’s the long nights and tens of thousands of miles they’ve accumulated while touring, but Skegss sound like they’re finally ready to settle down. Hopefully, it won’t be for long, as the world could surely use more feel-good music.
The single is out on Loma Vista Recordings.
Holly Humberstone – “Overkill” (Grantham, England)
RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Maggie Rogers, HAIM
Holly Humberstone has been impressing us since she debuted earlier this year with “Deep End” and then followed it up with “Falling Asleep at the Wheel”. The 20-year old Grantham native is poised to break out in a big way, and her newest offering, “Overkill”, is another stepping stone to the inevitable.
“Overkill” starts off as a chilled-out track that gradually builds to an urgent tempo. The approach mimics Humberstone’s tale. As her delicate yet sultry vocals stream through the minimalist melody, her lyrics tackle the uncertainty of how the other one feels about another. About the uneasiness that festers in one’s mind and heart. It’s great storytelling of the first flames of a new love.
“And my heart keeps racing, racing still
And I’m over being overkill
And my heart keeps racing, racing still
Guess I’m over being overkill”
The video is an interesting one as she runs through the wilderness with her guitar while singing. (Did anyone else get flashbacks from The Blair Witch Project after watching?). On creating the video, Holly says:
“The video for ‘Overkill’ was a pretty weird experience. Lockdown meant that we couldn’t shoot a professional video, so we had to improvise a little!! My sister Eleri and I took an old VHS camera out at dusk into a forest near our home and she had me follow her through the trees, as I played along to ‘Overkill’. It was basically my version of the 5k run except I had no idea where I was going and it was impossible to see anything and not to trip!”
“Overkill” is the third single from Holly Humberstone’s debut EP out later this year via Platoon.
Remington super 60 – “Still Near” ( Fredrikstad, Norway)
RIYL: Yumi Zouma, Men I Trust, Hazel English
More than 20 years ago, a little outfit emerged in Norway, bringing back to life a sound that now defines much of Sweden’s indie scene. They were Remington super 60, which was founded by composer & producer Christoffer Schou. Since its formation in 1998, the band has undergone several lineup changes, and today it includes Magnus Abelsen and Elisabeth T. Even with the evolving membership, Remington super 60 deliver breezy, enticing, classic dream-pop again and again, and their newest single is no different.
“Still Near” is the sound of the ’90s. It’s laid-back and low-key, yet it still manages to put a smile on your face. From the humming of the synths, the chiming of the crystalline guitar, to the stuttering rhythms, the song feels like a slow, summer drive along the rugged coastline of Croatia. While the music is summer’s warmth, Elisabeth’s saccharine vocals is the ocean breeze. She coolly sings about a person from the not-so-distant past, from whom she tries to disappear. All she wants is to be free from the painful memories that continue to shackle her mind. Although Elisabeth may not be able to immediately escape, she, Magnus, and Christoffer have given us just that with this piece of dream-pop perfection.
New EP expected this fall on Cafe Superstar Recordings.
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