Tag: Dream Pop

Favorite EPs of 2018: Yumi Zouma – ‘EP III’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Yumi Zouma – ‘EP III’

EP III by Yumi Zouma If there is one band on the planet that could be described as your best friend, Yumi Zouma would undoubtedly win the contest. From dreamy and dizzying dream-pop to their embracing lyrics, Christie Simpson, Charlie Ryder, Josh Burgess, and Olivia Grace Campion have lifted many spirits and warmed plenty of hearts. With EP III, they grab us […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Why Bonnie – ‘Nightgown’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Why Bonnie – ‘Nightgown’

Nightgown by Why Bonnie A few artists and bands released at least two records this year – and one of them surprisingly was not King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard. One band to achieve this feat this year is Austin-based Why Bonnie, which is the project born from the mind of Blair Howerton. Their first EP of 2018 was the […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’

 Holy Golden have released a lot of great music this year. In February, they released the sublime LP Otherworld and in October they released an amazing EP, Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way. The duo of Leslie Schott and Andrew Valenti have been carefully crafting an image and sound that is distinctively their own, and Sleepwalkers is another peek into […]

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Favorite EPs of 2018: Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’

Favorite EPs of 2018: Ghostly Kisses – ‘The City Holds My Heart’

In an age where band names and artists’ pseudonyms are creative writing projects, few truly adopt names that fit their music. Margaux Sauvé, though, is the exception, as her project Ghostly Kisses perfectly defines her art. It is haunting but intimate, cinematic yet icy dark, spine-tingling and breathtaking. All these characterizations are captured on her sophomore EP, The City Holds […]

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The Matinee ’18 December 7th

The Matinee ’18 December 7th

The Matinee ’18 December 7th edition is a whirlwind global tour of new music. From Australia, England and the Americas to Scandinavia, this playlist sparkles and shines more than your holiday decorations. Beverly Kills – “Dreamless” (Gothenburg, Sweden) RIYL: Amason, Alvvays, Agent Blå Not long ago we said Beverly Kills could be Sweden’s next great band when they released “Melodrama”. This […]

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The Matinee ’18 December 6th

The Matinee ’18 December 6th

Quirky and clever, club-worthy to stadium anthems, heartfelt ballads to dreamy pop tunes, The Matinee ’18 December 6th edition has all this covered and more. It’s the gateway mini-playlist into the weekend, so turn up the volume and enjoy. Vök – “Spend The Love” (Hafnarfjörður / Akranes, Iceland) RIYL: BROODS, Warpaint, Marina and the Diamonds It wasn’t long ago that […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 15th

The Matinee ’18 November 15th

The Matinee ’18 November 15th features some mystical and mysterious numbers as well as rockers and hip-shaking pop tunes. We kick things off with the surprise return of one of indie-pop’s most underrated duos. Army Navy – “Her Makeup” (Los Angeles, USA) RIYL: Peter Bjorn and John, Teenage Fanclub, Shout Out Louds At the height of the indie revival in […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 2

On the other half of our doubleheader, The Matinee ’18 November 13th – Part 2 traverses many dimensions. There are cosmic tunes, a wall-shaker, and a song that is perfect for a wedding. Then there are a few tunes that belong on a film soundtrack plus another that features one of the best voices in the business. If you haven’t […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 8th

The Matinee ’18 November 8th

After Hollie focused on North American artists, The Matinee ’18 November 8th edition heads overseas. There is a sizable Commonwealth presence, but in the middle of the mini-playlist is one of electronica’s great and underappreciated duos. Evi Vine – “Sabbath” (London, England) RIYL: Emma Ruth Rundle, Chelsea Wolfe, A Place To Bury Strangers “Her vocals break your heart into a […]

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Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’ (EP review)

Holy Golden – ‘Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way’ (EP review)

 Following their phenomenal LP, Otherworld, Holy Golden have released an immersive, 7-track EP, Sleepwalkers in the Milky Way. For the uninitiated, Holy Golden is the combo of the ethereal voice of Leslie Schott and the immense, sharp guitar work of Andrew Valenti. They also radiate this carefully-crafted aesthetic between their music, videos, and photographs, and Sleepwalkers in the Milky […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 1st

The Matinee ’18 November 1st

The Matinee ’18 November 1st is filled with new music from long-time and more recent favorites, including two of our favorite discoveries of the year. There are some robust rockers, haunting and breathtaking ballads, and some groovy and even quirky numbers. We kick things off, however, with a surprise double feature from one of Scotland’s most outstanding bands. Young Fathers […]

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Azure Ray – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Azure Ray – ‘Waves’ (EP review)

Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink have been partners in crime for over two decades. As young teenagers, they launched the band Little Red Rocket, which blossomed into Azure Ray. For nearly a decade, the two would become the standard to which all dream-pop would be compared. Following the release of the lovely As Above So Below EP in 2012, though, […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 29th

The Matinee ’18 October 29th

The Matinee ’18 October 29th includes six awesome new tracks for your listening pleasure. It’s the perfect kick off to another fall week. Artists are representing the US and The UK today. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. AMETHYSTS – “How It Is” (London, England) RIYL: Dahlia Sleeps, Cults, Meadowlark AMETHYSTS are back with a new […]

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Lights on Moscow – ‘Aorta Songs – Part 1’ (EP review)

Lights on Moscow – ‘Aorta Songs – Part 1’ (EP review)

 Some collaborations are created instantaneously while others percolate for a few years before fully blossoming. In the case of Lights On Moscow, Hazel Wilde of Lanterns On The Lake and Justin Lockey of Editors, Minor Victories, and Mastersystem have worked together for years, but they only made the project official this year. The wait, however, has been worth it, […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 1

The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 1

With a doubleheader on tap today, the descriptions are tighter, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The Matinee ’18 October 23rd – Part 1 edition features thunderous tunes, emotional roller coasters, spine-tingling mysteries, and boisterous anthems. Sit back, put the headphones on, and enjoy these six tremendous songs. Afterwards, discover more great music with Part 2. Benz – “The […]

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Belle Mare – ‘Liars’ (EP review)

Belle Mare – ‘Liars’ (EP review)

Since Belle Mare‘s birth in 2012, Amelia Bushell (vocals) and Thomas Servidone (guitar) have perfected the art of turning dream-pop into an ethereal experience. Their debut EP, The Boat Of The Fragile Mind, and album, Heaven Forget, were blissful marvels, filled with breathtaking moments. The pair along with Rob Walbourne (drums) and Sam Bartos (bass) extend their boundaries on their equally stunning […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 15th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 15th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 15th – Part 2 edition also features a diverse selection of new music. Five of the six artists/bands have been featured before while one newcomer will undoubtedly be a fixture on our daily mini-playlists. Get ready to dance, sing at the top of your lungs, and even cry as you spin these tunes. Afterwards, be sure […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 12th

The Matinee ’18 October 12th

The Matinee ’18 October 12th edition features some sweet tunes and others that make you run. You’ll understand what we mean by the latter as you stream each of the nine songs. Let’s kick things off with one of the world’s most eye-opening young talents. Maggie Rogers – “Light On” (Easton, Maryland, USA) RIYL: Natalie Imbruglia, Marika Hackman, Lucius Is […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 11th

The Matinee ’18 October 11th

The Matinee ’18 October 11th is bookend by two dizzying songs that prepare you for the arrival of Friday. Between them are some outrageous numbers, powerful ballads, and theatrical affairs. Without further ado, let’s get started with two songs that belong in any post-summer playlist. Anemone – “Sunshine (Back To The Start)” (Montréal, Canada)  RIYL: Melody’s Echo Chamber, The […]

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Duets and Stuff – “Already Gone” (single premiere)

Duets and Stuff – “Already Gone” (single premiere)

For some bands, it takes years before a label is convinced to take a chance on them. For Greta and Raimond, who are Duets & Stuff, it took just two songs. Their debut singles were exquisite dream-pop affairs, and they left taste-makers and music fans in a state of bliss. The sun-kissed “Serve Somebody” left listeners with a permanent smile […]

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