The Matinee ’22 v. 132 celebrates the brilliance and creativity of women, who lead on all nine songs in today’s new music edition. We’ve said it before and we’ll said it again, women artists are making the best and most innovative music today.

These new singles are all included on The Songs of October playlist, which is on Spotify and SoundCloud. Give it a follow to hear what is piquing our ears this month.


Hannah Schneider – “The World’s Gone Still Now” (Copenhagen, Denmark)

RIYL: Portishead + Jenny Hval + Slowdive

Our introduction to Hannah Schneider occurred earlier this year when she shared the otherworldly “Mirror Sphere”. Calling the song stunning would be an understatement due to its enchanting, mystical feeling. Whatever adjective wants to use to describe the veteran Danish artist’s music would still be an injustice. A word does not exist that encapsulates the magical and exotic world she creates. Nonetheless, we’ll try to capture what she has crafted with “The World’s Gone Still Now”.

Schneider’s newest single must be heard to believe. The patient echoes of a gauzy guitar lingers in the background, slicing through the light electronic and rhythmic pulses. The combination yields a sound that is pure and ethereal, full of innocence and wonder. Schneider’s voice is equally mystifying, sounding like the voice from the skies that enters our minds while in a dreamlike state. She narrates the separation of two people and how one descended into the great depths of despair, reaching a point where everything goes silent and the world stops moving.

Simply, well, gorgeous.

Hannah’s new album, Ocean Letters, is out now. Purchase or stream it at these links. Alternatively, head directly to Bandcamp to directly support this creative talent.

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Ellur – “Best Face On” (Leeds, England)

RIYL: Holly Humberstone, Gordi, Phoebe Bridgers

When we first heard the music of Ella McNamara and her project Ellur, we knew she would be destined for indie stardom. It’s what led us to name her as one of our Artists to Watch in 2022. She justified that choice when she released the dazzling “Close To You” earlier this year, and it had us eagerly awaiting news of a new record. While that hasn’t quite surfaced yet, Ellur has just shared a brand new single, “Best Face On”.

Starting off, the song has some deep synth and drum machine, creating a nostalgic vibe right out of the gate. It slowly builds with some tom heavy drums and atmospheric guitar distortion adding to the track’s introspective nature. “Best Face On” is about growing up, as McNamara challenges the performative actions that exist in adulthood. It’s not exactly a yearning for childhood years, either. Ellur, instead, seeks balance as she grows older, but still struggles to find it.

“You feel so alive
Does it make you, make you smile?
Put it into drive
Does it make it all worth while?
God i really hate you sometimes”

The single is out on Dance To The Radio. We’ll say it again, McNamara is going to be a star. 

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Heartworms – “Consistent Dedication” (London, England)

RIYL: Sinead O’Brien + Savages + Alice Glass

When we were introduced to musician and poet Jojo Orme’s her project, Heartworms, nearly two years ago, we called her our salvation with her gloomy and blazing single, “What Can I Do?” Only a handful of artists are able to make Goth mesmerizing yet bone-chilling. She is, in other words, a one-of-a-kind talent that currently is a hidden gem. Her name, however, should reach more ears, as she’s signed with Speedy Wunderground. Her first single with the terrific indie label is another mesmerizing affair. 

Post-punk, darkwave, industrial, and Goth-rock converge on the mind-bending “Consistent Dedication” that is made for the underground clubs of Berlin, Budapest, and Helsinki. Orme’s vocal spins through the pulsating waves of a chiming guitar, throbbing beats and percussion, and soaring electronics. At first, her voice is calm and even seductive, as she sings about the madness that exists in each person. In this case, she describes the ugliness of man, who will chew his eyes just to prove a point or get what he wants. At this point, her voice turns into a near-guttural scream, and the entire moment is visceral. It’s a moment the defines the genius and an artist who can change the industry for years to come.  

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Babehoven – “Often” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Julia Jacklin, Tomberlin, Ada Lea

When listening to Babehoven‘s music, we have learned to always be seated in a place with few, if any, distractions. This is because Maya Bon and her friend and collaborator Ryan Albert consistently find new ways to create gorgeous displays of devastation. They exhibited this on “I’m On Your Team” and “Stand It”, which were tender, endearing, and emotionally jarring. Such is their power and magic, which they once again unveil with the spellbinding “Often”.

Like all of their previous songs, Babehoven’s newest track is immensely intimate. The arrangement is simple, featuring mostly a lightly strummed acoustic guitar and ambient keys. But it is beautiful, providing the perfect canvas for Bon’s embracing voice and shattering words. She eloquently sings to someone dear, whether it is a parent, a sibling, or a close friend that has passed away. Each word touches our soul because we know the pain and emotion she feels. We know someone to whom we wish to also say, “I’m  sorry.”

“Now this isn’t so bad
I’m not hurting like I was hurting for some years
I stand in the crowd with my hands up crying out
I’m holding you in

You are family
And that means loss to me often
You are family
And that’s lost to me often”

Babehoven’s debut album, Light Moving Time, will be released October 28th on Double Double Whammy. Pre-orders available at these links and on Bandcamp.

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SORRY – “Closer” (London, England)

RIYL: Dehd, Lala Lala, Porridge Radio

The meteoric rise of SORRY feels like it’s unstoppable at this point. Asha Lorenz (vocals, guitar), Louis O’Bryen (guitar, backing vocals), Campbell Baum (bass), Lincoln Barrett (drums), and Marco Pini (electronics) are just a few days away of releasing their new record, Anywhere but Here. Every single they’ve released from the record – “There’s So Many People That Want To Be Loved”, “Let The Lights On” and  “Key To The City” – have their own unique feel to them, and that trend continues with the latest single “Closer”

“Closer” started out as a track inspired by the early-2000s New York scene. It’s something that can instantly be heard from the song’s guitar parts and intricate drum beat as well as Lorenz’s distorted vocal track. The choruses have some fantastic harmonies, which give way to a calming guitar chime and just a hint of sampled spoken-word tracks. There’s time when the track is right on the verge of exploding, but it all gets reigned in back to to the initial stillness. 

The song’s cyclical nature is reflected in its lyrics, which concern the harmful nature of humans towards other humans. Eventually, the noise breaks through in a way that’s true to the NYC-scene influence – hypnotic guitar and a devastating build – that make “Closer” pack a hell of a punch in its final moments.

Anywhere but Here is out October 7th via Domino Record Co. Pre-orders available here and on Bandcamp

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Work Wife – “December Summer” (Brooklyn via Seattle, USA)

RIYL: Middle Kids, Soccer Mommy, Why Bonnie

Those familiar with the New York indie scene know Meredith Lampe – or at least have heard her name. She has performed in Colatura for the past few years, but last year she introduced her solo project, Work Wife. While she had released a couple of singles, they were enough for us to include her as one of our Artists to Watch this year. She commenced the year with the fantastic “Creases”, but to our disappointment, it will not be on her debut EP, Quitting Season. Instead, it will feature five newer tracks, including the previously released “Ride, Ride” and “December Summer”

Work Wife’s latest single is perhaps her most striking single yet. A distorted drumbeat kicks things off, but it eventually gives way to a crystal clear sound. Lampe’s vocals are drenched in reverb, adding even more to the atmosphere. The song then explodes into a roar of guitar and Lampe’s voice. About halfway through, though, Lampe loosens her grip to expose an unanticipated depth to the next verse, which is supported by a little bit of banjo. The roar returns once more, but this time it does not relent, leading to a killer riff at the end. The building distortion of the song mirrors the song’s message, inspired by Lampe’s realization what she was participating in was not something she supported anymore.

Quitting Season is out December 2nd. Pre-orders available on Bandcamp. It will be released on Born Losers Records

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Winter – “sunday” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Fazerdaze, Cocteau Twins, Beach House

A name does not always capture an artist’s music. Take Samira Winter, for instance, who under the moniker, Winter, creates songs that are the opposite of cold and icy. Rather they are dreamy, blissful, and as cool as an ocean breeze on a summer day. The LA-based singer-songwriter provides more refreshment on “sunday”.

With its breezy and delectable dream-pop, this song must be heard outdoors. It must be heard along the shoreline or a vast expanse where one can feel the wind blow through one’s hair or one may wish to run, skip, or simply spin endlessly in circles while breathing in the fresh air. Winter’s mellifluous voice is the air that we inhale, intoxicating our minds with her saccharine delivery. 

Despite the song’s dizzying nature, Winter’s words are heavy, as she describes another woman’s trauma. So while we may get lost in the song, she reminds us that others are trying to find their way. 

“She’s got a lot to say
When the years of trauma
Run in through her head

When she looks at the screen
Does it make her afraid?
How they want her to be
But it’s not even real and I care about her and I care what she learns
Let her go

Pre-orders for Winter’s sophomore album, What Kind of Blue Are You?, are available at these links and Bandcamp. It will be released October 14th on Bar/None Records.

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Burs – “Hunger” (Toronto, Canada)

RIYL: Skullcrusher, Maple Glider, Cross Record

Quietly, Canadian alt-folk quartet Burs released their debut album, Holding Patterns, on Friday. The LP was three years in the making, and the emotion and care that Lauren Dillen (vocal, guitar), Ray Goudy (guitar, vocal), Devon Savas (bass), and Oliver Compton (drums) invested in it can be heard and felt. It is a mature and touching compilation, realized in the slow-building epic, “Lily”, the Laurel Canyon-esque, “Try”, and the emotional centerpiece, “Hunger”

Dillen’s soft, vulnerable voice is heard immediately on this crippling number. It gradually swells as the guitar picks up and the rhythms rumble a little louder. She stunningly shares the pain that has eaten away at her every being, where a coldness now lies in the space next to her. She hopes to change everything. “Come, I’ll be what you need”, she repeats, hoping for an answer. Any answer. All she hears, however, is the sound of her own voice.

Holding Patterns can be picked up on Bandcamp and streamed/ordered at these links.

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Afternoon Bike Ride – “For the Breakdowns” (Montreal, Canada)

RIYL: Wet, BROODS, The Japanese House

One of the great indie stories to come out of Quebec is Men I Trust, who have become global indie stars. Could Afternoon Bike Ride follow in their footsteps? Time will answer this question, but there is little question that Lia Kurihara (vocals, guitar, programming), David Tanton (vocals, guitar, drums, programming), and Éloi Le Blanc-Ringuette (vocals, keys, drums, programming) have the talent to succeed. Like their more famous cousins to the east, the young trio have rejected the pull of mainstream formulas for indie ones. In doing so, they can craft something thoughtful, extremely personal, and unforgettable like “For the Breakdowns”.

The song is the equivalent of a bedroom whisper. A taut guitar strums through a delicate and serene mixture of percussion and ambient keys, and the concoction is breathtaking. In this space, Kurihara can share her most intimate thoughts and feelings without having to raise her voice nor resorting to clichés. She instead can speak to us plainly, revealing the darkness that clouds her mind and the doubt that keeps her anchored. Today, however, she is able to move a step forward, understanding that eventually the past must be left behind.  

“This is for the breakdowns
This is for the times I felt as worthless as
The darkest thoughts I let out
Finally I can move along, I’m moving past it

Perfectly imperfect
And I couldn’t ask for more than what I have
It’s all I ever wanted it
Isn’t much but I don’t need much with love like this”

Watch out for this band, whose debut album, Glossover, is expected February 10th, 2023 via Friends of Friends. Pre-orders available at these links and on Bandcamp

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