Tag: Lo-Fi

Malena Zavala – ‘Aliso’ (album review)

Malena Zavala – ‘Aliso’ (album review)

With a defying voice and an innovative dream-folk-pop sound, Malena Zavala is making a lot of noise with her first album, Aliso. The record is a collection of sounds and influences that range from ambient layers of synthesizers to clean and crunchy guitars. Malena’s songwriting is very consistent and nuanced, and her melodies flow effortlessly over any kind of beat, making […]

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The Matinee March 31st

The Matinee March 31st

It’s Friday!!! To help you end the work week while kicking off the weekend, The Matinee March 31st edition goes a little longer. Instead of the usual six songs, we’ve included nine for your listening pleasure. The extended version reflects the quantity and quality of great new music we’ve been receiving. And we still have the Saturday Sampler to go! […]

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The Matinee March 27th

The Matinee March 27th

The Matinee March 27th edition once again goes all over the map for new music – geographically and in terms of genres. If you’re wondering why Wendy isn’t curating today’s mini-playlist, don’t be alarmed! She’s still with us, but she’s busy with post-SXSW preparations. O.k., off to the music that features artists representing nine countries.   Ali Horn – “Days […]

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The Matinee February 17th

The Matinee February 17th

Happy Friday everyone. We have six amazing new tracks to get your weekend started. We have singer-songwriter fare, sublime indie pop, super exciting indie rock/pop and some pretty sweet shoegaze as well. We have artists representing the US, the UK and Sweden today. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our Saturday sampler and of course our mega playlist on […]

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The Matinee October 28th

The Matinee October 28th

There are no tricks in this pre-Halloween musical bag. The Matinee October 28th edition is filled to brim with some spirited treats for you. Dig into this bag and come up with some garage rock, post punk, seasonal, French garage pop, and lo-fi alt pop.   DTCV – “Le Vampire” (Joshua Tree, California, USA) RIYL: Hinds, Nous Non Plus First things […]

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The Matinee October 14th

The Matinee October 14th

I’m sitting outside, laptop in tow, enjoying a gorgeous fall day in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The sun is shining, the brightly colored leaves are floating down to the earth, but not before playfully floating along on the breeze. It’s one of those days where you’re just happy to be alive to experience it. The songs on The Matinee October 14th edition will […]

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The Matinee October 11th

The Matinee October 11th

The Matinee October 11th has, for the most part, a nostalgic vibe. Songs that take us back decades to times when music was simpler yet arguably more moving. We begin the mini-playlist with one of our favorites and a tribute to a man whose life was taken way too soon.   Big Smoke – “Best Of You” (Melbourne, Australia) RIYL: […]

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The Matinee October 7th

The Matinee October 7th

In this October 7th issue of The Matinee we bring you 6 bands all in different stages of their careers, all putting out superb music. One with new music for the first time in close to 20 years, a brilliant yet relatively unknown band, a well-loved band heading out on their farewell tour, and a couple of bands right in the thick of […]

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The Matinee September 30th

The Matinee September 30th

Six stellar tracks are coming your way in the The Matinee September 30th edition. Covering the range of synth-pop, soul, disco pop, indie rock and alternative rock, this track listing would make a great (short) road-trip playlist.   Julian Azar – “Givenchy Ghosts” (Stockholm, Sweden) RIYL: Glass Animals, Bloc Party, Foster the People Indie pop. Disco. Techno. Put those together and you […]

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Still Parade – “Concrete Vision”

Still Parade – “Concrete Vision”

Still Parade, aka Niklas Kramer, graced us with a marvelous new album that contains a rawer, more unrefined feel than his 2013 hit single, “Anchors”, which has garnered over 900k plays on SoundCloud and was featured last year in an ad campaign for Victoria Secret. Maybe the rawness of his new album, Concrete Vision, is due to Kramer’s new tape […]

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Addie Pray – “Screentime”

Addie Pray – “Screentime”

Addie Pray is the new solo project of Carmen Perry, who is best known for her work with punk-pop quintet SPORTS, a band that has developed a reputation for its quirky and humorous observations about the mundane elements of life. As a solo artist, however, Perry heads in a completely different direction, one that might surprise long-time SPORTS fans. Instead […]

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Oscar’s delicious pop gem “Stay”

Oscar’s delicious pop gem “Stay”

  When we first heard Oscar Scheller’s – or just Oscar – latest single, “Stay”, we immediately thought of Morrissey (the younger, “nicer” version) with his low tenor and the warm pop melodies. It’s the type of music that at first listen do a double take and say, “Wow!”. His earlier singles are also impressive. “Beautiful Words”, which is below, reminds us of the cinematic, choral […]

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Year Abroad – UK’s Lo-Fi, Experimental, Indie Rock Duo

Year Abroad – UK’s Lo-Fi, Experimental, Indie Rock Duo

Imagine a Venn diagram of avant-garde filmmakers and visual artists with David Lynch, David Cronenberg, and Christian Marclay colliding near its center. This is the sphere of influence that has shaped London-based experimental duo Year Abroad. Year Abroad consists of Matt Clark (vocals) and Matt Reay (drums) blending their innovative talents to produce a unique sound befitting a movie soundtrack. […]

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