Tag: experimental

Favorite Albums of 2018: Julia Holter – ‘Aviary’

Favorite Albums of 2018: Julia Holter – ‘Aviary’

Aviary by Julia Holter Julia Holter’s discography is quite diverse. It includes bedroom recordings; gorgeous, huge arrangements; and the unconventional and experimental. One trait, though, is constant – she always crafts amazing and moving music. Aviary is an incredible addition to that discography. From its opening moments of “Turn The Light On”, Holter creates an overwhelming whirlwind of sound that […]

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The Matinee ’18 November 5th

The Matinee ’18 November 5th

The Matinee ’18 November 5th includes an eclectic group of songs to hopefully get your week started off right. We have a mix of blues rock, synth pop, psych rock and indie rock. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. Artists today are representing the US and the UK today. Doyle Bramhall II – “Everything You Need” […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 18th

The Matinee ’18 October 18th

The Matinee ’18 October 18th is full of cinema, theater, magic, and epics. Let these nine songs take you places that real or imagined.   Behaviorist – “Dirty Pictures” (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: San Fermin, Phoria, Rubblebucket The respect and popularity of an artist should never be judged by the number of followers s/he has on social media. Instead, look at […]

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The Matinee ’18 October 9th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 9th – Part 2

The Matinee ’18 October 9th – Part 2 continues the alphabet approach to our daily playlist. The songs featured in this edition begin with the letters G to M. As usual, a bevy of countries are presented, including Canada, England, Netherlands, Germany, Australia, and Japan. To hear Part 1 (letters A to D), click here. Ghostly Kisses – “The City […]

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The Matinee ’18 September 27th

The Matinee ’18 September 27th

The Matinee ’18 September 27th edition floats to the heavens with some lush dream-pop and obliterates ear drums with seismic rockers. There are some thing in-between, of course, including two art-rock masterpieces, a jack-of-all-trades band, and three of the finest singer-songwriters around today. We get things started with one of Australia’s greatest geniuses.   Methyl Ethel – “Scream Whole” (Perth, […]

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Guerilla Toss – ‘Twisted Crystal’ (album review)

Guerilla Toss – ‘Twisted Crystal’ (album review)

Twisted Crystal by Guerilla Toss Since their formation in 2010, Guerilla Toss have always been unconventional and never boring. Their forays into dance-punk even defied categorization since the quintet would unveil a surprising guitar riff or punch a wicked dance beat like an unexpected Mike Tyson uppercut. If their previous five albums didn’t push the experimental boundaries enough for some, […]

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Ava Luna – ‘Moon 2’ (album review)

Ava Luna – ‘Moon 2’ (album review)

Last year, avant-pop outfit Ava Luna made our list of Most Anticipated Albums of 2018. With their back catalog of diverse tracks across multiple LPs, the Brooklyn-based quintet were poised to create something great and boundary pushing. Their latest record, Moon 2, exceeds expectations, and it is one of the year’s most unique and captivating records. Moon 2 starts out with […]

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The Matinee ’18 July 2nd

The Matinee ’18 July 2nd

The Matinee ’18 July 2nd is here to kick off your week right, especially for those of you stateside that hopefully get a day off this week. We have a nice mix of songs today to get your Monday moving. Artists are representing Canada, Sweden, The UK and The US today. Carter Vail – “Melatonin” (Miami, USA) RIYL: Day Wave, […]

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Optivion – ‘Light Spindle’ (album review)

Optivion – ‘Light Spindle’ (album review)

Fusing east and west in alternative electronic quirkiness, Optivion first came to our ears’ attention back in 2015 with Free Unicorn. Drawing influences from literally all over the place, Alex (lead vocalist/percussion/harmonica/guitar) and Rie (backing vocalist) have combined their talent once more with the release of Light Spindle. As they explain: The album is about the process of creativity: a […]

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The Matinee ’18 May 8th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 May 8th – ROW Edition

The Matinee ’18 May 8th – ROW Edition features artists from the US, Canada, and New Zealand. There’s quite a bit of variety with this six-pack of songs. We kick things off with a masterpiece from one of the great artists of our time. To hear the European version of The Matinee, click here.   Childish Gambino – “This Is […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 20th

The Matinee ’18 April 20th

The Matinee ’18 April 20th features fun, boisterous, catchy, and even bombastic numbers. The mini-playlist is the perfect gateway into the weekend, so turn up the volume and listen to these nine fabulous songs. Courtney Barnett – “City Looks Pretty” (Melbourne, Australia) RIYL: Courtney Barnett Courtney Barnett stated earlier in the year that her new album would be different and […]

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The Matinee ’18 April 12th

The Matinee ’18 April 12th

The Matinee ’18 April 12th edition features nine songs as usual. The descriptions, however, are much briefer because I’m on holidays. Let’s be honest – you’re here for the music and not necessarily what I have to write. With that being said, let’s get to the music.   Beach Skulls – “That’s Not Me” (Liverpool & Manchester, England and Glasgow, […]

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The Matinee ’18 March 22nd USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 March 22nd USA Edition

The Matinee ’18 March 22nd USA Edition features eight songs, three of which come from a special and an important compilation. The mini-playlist also includes a tune from one of indie rock’s greatest bands of the past decade and the debut single from an outfit hoping to join them one day.   Wharf Cat Records Singles from the ACLU Benefit […]

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Yo La Tengo – ‘There’s a Riot Going On’ (album review)

Yo La Tengo – ‘There’s a Riot Going On’ (album review)

A younger Yo La Tengo would have used the current political climate to deliver music equivalent to a surging hurricane. Angular guitars, oft-kilter melodies, walls of feedback and reverb, crushing drums, and poignant lyricism were their trademarks with no two songs sounding alike. Their 15th album, There’s a Riot Going On, however, isn’t the typical YLT album. It is the […]

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Ought – ‘Room Inside the World’ (album review)

Ought – ‘Room Inside the World’ (album review)

Anyone who has either read the Marvel comic books or watched the 18 films in its canon – the latest being Black Panther – knows that each character’s story eventually converges with the other superheroes to create a single universe. Montreal imaginative indie-rockers Ought have adopted a similar approach, although within a more manageable size of projects. Their first two […]

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Ola Szmidt – ‘EP1’ (EP review)

Ola Szmidt – ‘EP1’ (EP review)

 Polish-born and York-based Ola Szmidt offers uniquely soulful dream-music. Threading vocal improvisations through exquisitely constructed musical loops, she deliver a delicious melange of sound. Sit back, relax and be transported to somewhere blissfully strange through her debut album, EP1. Headphones are definitely recommended. Opening track “Autumn”, atmospheric and absorbing, introduces Szmidt’s mesmerising vocals, arranged with artistry that seems simple […]

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The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th

The Matinee ’18 January 18th is filled with songs from artists who either were on Artists to Watch list or one of our 61 Most Anticipated Albums. There are, of course, one newcomer and a couple of bands that we didn’t have on our radar when it came to new albums. Dr. Dog – “Listening In” (Philadelphia, USA) RIYL: My […]

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Saturday Sampler May 27th

Saturday Sampler May 27th

Saturday Sampler May 27th once again goes global for some fine, new music delicacies. There are some familiar names on the list, and a handful of newcomers that blew us away. Hopefully, they will do the same for you and expanding your musical palette in the process.   DBFC – “Disco Coco” (Paris, France & Manchester, England) RIYL: Daft Punk, […]

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The Matinee April 25th

The Matinee April 25th

The Matinee April 25th is a humdinger of a playlist, featuring nine songs by artists representing five countries. There are some luxurious ballads, edgy rockers, quirky pop tunes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the new music. Antonioni – “Love Is A Landmark” (Seattle, USA) RIYL: Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Mothers In every corner of the globe, a person is crying […]

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SXSW 2017 Memories – Mike Melinoe

SXSW 2017 Memories – Mike Melinoe

Since 2015, we have asked independent artists to share their favorite memories from their time at SXSW. In just a couple of years, this project has become one of our most popular features thanks to the growing interests of bands and singers from around the world. Forty-five artists participated in this year’s edition, including Mike Melinoe. Experimental psychedelic rap with […]

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