01.December.2013

CD66 sleeveNorthern Portrait over the past six years, including songs from sold out EPs, vinyl-only singles, and compilation appearances.

Northern Portrait debuted in 2008 with two very well received EPs—‘The Fallen Aristocracy’ (matinée 068) and ‘Napoleon Sweetheart’ (matinée 070)—both of which sold out almost instantly upon release. Following their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Criminal Art Lovers’ (matcd054) in 2010, the band released two vinyl-only singles—the ‘Life Returns To Normal’ 7” (matinée 076) and the ‘Pretty Decent Swimmers’ 10” (matinée 086)—and contributed exclusive tracks to three Matinée compilations.

Ta! (matcd066) compiles the 15 tracks from these releases into one handy collection. The songs from ‘The Fallen Aristocracy’ and ‘Napoleon Sweetheart’ have experienced a complete revitalization with the band returning to the basic recordings, hitting the re-set button, and remixing them to bring out nuances and details that were inaudible on the initial EP releases. Early favorites ‘I Give You Two Seconds To Entertain Me’ and ‘The Fallen Aristocracy’ remind us of the thrill of hearing Northern Portrait for the very first time, while ‘Waiting For A Chance’ and ‘Our Lambrusco Days’ perfectly showcase the brilliant enhanced orchestration of the remixed versions.

Tracks from the vinyl singles and compilations have been remastered for this album and demonstrate the richness of Northern Portrait’s more recent recordings, from their especially jangling Christmas song ‘Leave The Trees Alone’ to the accomplished hits ‘Happy Nice Day’ and ‘I Feel Even Better’ from their recent 10” release.

A wonderful opportunity to revisit Northern Portrait songs from their first six years, Ta! is a cohesive album that bridges the gap until the band returns with its highly anticipated sophomore album next year. The CD is available in a matte-finish eco-wallet with annotated tracklisting by the band.

The official release date is December 10th but we are taking preorders for the album now and will ship copies on the day of release. Please see the catalog page for complete release details. In the meantime, how can you resist listening to four absolute gems from the Northern Portrait discography?

19.November.2013

CD65 sleevematcd065) from Seattle pop stars Math and Physics Club is out now!

The new ten-song collection is the band’s most dynamic to date, confidently expanding their palette of subtle, literate pop and sprinkling it with hints of country, dub, distortion, and Graceland.

Ethan Jones, the band’s bass player and resident multi-instrumentalist, co-produced the album with Bob Schwenkler at Olympia’s fabled Dub Narcotic Studio. Their goal was to make an old fashioned album with two sides, taking advantage of the studio’s vintage analog equipment to get away from the sound of digital perfection and instead sound like a band playing together in a room.

With Charles already living in Olympia, and James and Ethan having deep connections there as well, Dub Narcotic was a natural fit, not to mention being ground zero for the legendary K Records. It was a perfect atmosphere for the band to relax and capture some of the feel of their early EPs.

The first single, ‘Long Drag’ (matinée 089) is surprisingly groovy with its schoolyard beat and staccato handclaps. The song was originally recorded as a straight-ahead rocker, but after playing a cut-up dub version for some friends the band decided to keep it.

More surprises follow with ‘We’re Not Lost,’ a brooding anthem to teenage heartache with its angular guitars and snap-tight drumming. Meanwhile, ‘My Crooked Arms’ strips away the drums and bass to reveal an emotional core of raw lyrics and guitars, accented beautifully by cello.

For you vinyl aficionados, side two opens with ‘We Didn’t Run From Anyone,’ a country-leaning ballad about love on the rocks (what else?), with Ethan’s gentle fingerpicking and breezy organ setting the scene.

The album closes with a dramatic one-two punch. ‘That’s What Love Is’ is a classic jangly rocker that’s sure to please the most ardent anoraks with its shades of Brighter, while the album’s final surprise, ‘Road Carry Me Home,’ is a lovely piano and cello driven heartbreaker.

If that wasn’t enough, the sleeve design features stunning papercraft artwork by Brooklyn artist Tae Won Yu that particularly shines in the larger vinyl format.

As 2014 will mark ten years since we first fell in love with Math and Physics Club, ‘Our Hearts Beat Out Loud’ shows they can still surprise us.

The album is available now from all good record shops and online merchants including our own Matinée shop in three formats—the handsome eco-wallet CD, the luxurious 12″ vinyl record, and the space saving digital download. Which will you choose?

Here are a few favorites from the album to soundtrack your decision making:

13.November.2013

CD39 sleeveThe Lucksmiths said their goodbyes — harder still that it’s twenty since they introduced themselves in the first place. To mark the occasion, Matinée is teaming up with our good pals at the Lost And Lonesome Recording Company in Australia to announce the first-ever release on glorious 12-inch vinyl of the band’s career-defining album ‘Warmer Corners’ (matcd039).

Originally released in 2005, ‘Warmer Corners’ was the third album The Lucksmiths made with producer Craig Pilkington, and their first as a four-piece. The addition of second guitarist Louis Richter had a profound impact, reinvigorating the band and filling out their trademark stripped-back sound. This was obvious from first single ‘The Chapter in Your Life Entitled San Francisco’—an instant classic underpinned by Richter’s memorable guitar work, the song represented an exciting step forward for the band.

At once The Lucksmiths’ most ambitious and most accessible record, ‘Warmer Corners’ was met with widespread critical acclaim. Delusions of Adequacy called it “an album that somehow transcends its simplicity and becomes something of remarkable beauty,” while Pitchfork praised it as “idiosyncratic but accessible, literate but unpretentious, gentle but not weak, sincere not so much in presentation … as in presence.” Erasing Clouds was moved to suggest “The Lucksmiths have a unique mastery of the art of writing a song. Their grasp on melody, on hooks, on details, on making a song feel sad and beautiful and optimistic at the same time, is unmatched.”

Eight years later, it remains easy to see why. Many of the band’s finest moments are here, from the string-and-horn-laden opener ‘A Hiccup in Your Happiness’ to the winning guitar jangle of ‘Sunlight in a Jar’ and ‘Young and Dumb,’ from the off-kilter urgency of ‘The Music Next Door’ to gentler moments like ‘Great Lengths’ and the pedal-steel-soaked ‘If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now,’ all the way through to remarkable closer ‘Fiction,’ The Lucksmiths never sounded so good.

The album is currently on a jet from Australia and we are accepting preorders for it now with an expected release date of November 26th. It’s a hand numbered beauty in a limited edition of 500 worldwide and it comes with a free download code, natch. We also have ‘Warmer Corners’ postcards and some vintage Lucksmiths posters (circa 2005, complete with full US tour dates!) that we’ll throw in with orders until they are gone.

Please note: postage for 12” records is not cheap and completely out of our control. If you are in the US, media mail is affordable but fairly slow. Priority mail is fast and not terrible if you are in California but can be expensive to the East Coast. Adding multiple items to an order is a good way to spread out the postage cost. If you are after more vinyl, we have a smashing new LP (matlp065) out next week from Math and Physics Club if you want to add one of those … or perhaps the stunning ‘Pretty Decent Swimmers’ 10” (matinée 086) from Northern Portrait … or one of the many ace 7” singles or CDs we’ve released recently. We are working with Lost and Lonesome to get copies of the LP in the hands of select European merchants too to make sure you can get an affordable copy of this gem one way or another.

Surely most of you have heard this classic album already, but here’s a Soundcloud preview of the magnificent ‘The Chapter In Your Life Entitled San Francisco’ just in case…

12.November.2013

CD67 sleevematcd067) from Glasgow favorites Bubblegum Lemonade is released today! Here’s all you need to know:

The instantly loveable album is perfectly structured to ebb and flow from upbeat to downbeat and from fuzzy to clean across a dozen effervescent pop songs. The album kicks off with the poignant track ‘This Is The New Normal’ with plenty of jangling guitars on display plus a dose of violin and a nice helping of ba-ba-ba’s.

‘It’s Got To Be Summer’ has bits of glockenspiel, chiming guitars, and shimmering harmonies that recall fellow Scottish heroes Teenage Fanclub, while ‘Famous Blue Anorak’ is up-tempo jangly pop reminiscent of The Pooh Sticks and ‘Don’t Hurry Baby’ is like a downbeat Mary Chain meets the Walker Brothers with Sandra from Strawberry Whiplash on backing vocals.

‘Dead Poets Make Me Smile’ is an instant classic with guitars that recall The Smiths or The Wedding Present and lyrics about James Dean and Oscar Wilde, among others. It’s a clear single contender and the perfect song to balance the darker shades of the acoustic, reflective ‘You Can’t Go Back Again’ that follows.

Side two of the album opens with acclaimed first single ‘Have You Seen Faith?’—a secular hymn to missed opportunities with jangling, strumming riffs, great sixties harmonies, and an especially memorable chorus.

‘She Brings The Sunshine’ is another potential single—an optimistic jangle pop classic with a skipping drum rhythm that should make it a future student disco staple, while ‘First Rule Of Book Club’ begins in the library before layering in 12-string guitars and tambourines that build to a mesmerizing climax.

‘Your Valentine (Takes Me Back In Time)’ is a fuzzy guitar hit influenced by The Buzzcocks and early My Bloody Valentine that features more backing vox by Sandra from Strawberry Whiplash, while ‘Falling In Love With A Sad Song’ is a post modern disco nugget with major seventh guitar chords and knowing lyrics.

The album closes with ‘Mr. Dreaming’s Bland House’—a keen observation on urban planning and the first Bubblegum Lemonade song ever to reach the four-minute mark. It begins like a late period song by The Jam before visiting The Stone Roses on its way to a psychedelic wigout and perfect ending to the album.

Showcasing the latest from a never-ending pipeline of Bubblegum Lemonade hits, ‘Some Like It Pop’ is an accomplished, melodic gem and another modern classic for Matinée. The packaging for the album, as with all Bubblegum Lemonade releases, is really something and you can secure a copy right now from your favorite record emporium or from the Matinée shop. Have a listen to these hits while you continue your shopping. Hurrah for Bubblegum Lemonade!

12.November.2013

CD64 sleevematcd064) is out today and sitting pretty atop the current Matinée hit parade!

Instead of looking back on past achievements, we invited 15 Matinée artists to contribute a previously unreleased, exclusive, or rare recording to this collection and the result is a smashing success. Australian collective Bart and Friends start the album off right with the ace autumnal pop of ‘There’s No Place,’ while Danish favorites Northern Portrait turn up the jangle with a brilliant new song called ‘The Young and Hopefuls’ and popular Scottish act Bubblegum Lemonade deliver another pop classic with ‘You Can’t Be Sad All The Time.’

Celebrated Irish fivesome September Girls show off their ace harmonies on the haunting, reverb soaked ‘Danny Wood,’ Simpático delivers the finest in Australian electro pop with the mesmerizing track ‘The Rays,’ and England showcases its first of three bands with the legendary Would-Be-Goods and their magnificent cover of the Martha and the Vandellas classic ‘No More Tearstained Makeup.’

Englishmen Charlie Big Time follow up their recent EP with a positively swinging new song ‘One Step Closer To Enemies,’ while sorely missed Australian hitmakers The Lucksmiths contribute the second cover song on the album with a brilliant version of the Jonathan Richman track ‘When I’m Walking’ and Swedish band The Electric Pop Group break a four-year silence with the ultra jangly new song ‘Parliament Square.’

Scottish duo Strawberry Whiplash return with a fuzzy pop gem called ‘September Saturday,’ Seattle’s Math and Physics Club channel their inner Housemartins with the harmonica-rich pop of ‘I Know It’s Over,’ and Australia celebrates its fourth contribution with the mighty new song ‘Through The Curtain’ from The Steinbecks.

Brazil’s Pale Sunday showcases the best in South American pop with an excellent new song ‘In The Hardest Moment,’ while elusive American expats (and former Fairways) Clay Hips contribute great new track ‘Someone Who Wanders’ and English act Melodie Group conclude things in fine fashion with their first song in eight years called ‘Only Forever.’

The album is housed in a deluxe eco-wallet with a snazzy vinyl disc CD that looks pretty cool indeed:

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It’s available in physical and digital formats from the usual merchants and of course from our very own Matinée shop. Because we like you so much, you can even listen to all 15 tracks on the player below. It’s almost like it’s your birthday right?

11.November.2013

CD65 sleevematcd065) from our favorite North American pop stars Math and Physics Club!

The new ten-song collection is the band’s most dynamic to date, confidently expanding their palette of subtle, literate pop and sprinkling it with hints of country, dub, distortion, and Graceland.

Ethan Jones, the band’s bass player and resident multi-instrumentalist, co-produced the album with Bob Schwenkler at Olympia’s fabled Dub Narcotic Studio. Their goal was to make an old fashioned album with two sides, taking advantage of the studio’s vintage analog equipment to get away from the sound of digital perfection and instead sound like a band playing together in a room.

With Charles already living in Olympia, and James and Ethan having deep connections there as well, Dub Narcotic was a natural fit, not to mention being ground zero for the legendary K Records. It was a perfect atmosphere for the band to relax and capture some of the feel of their early EPs.

The first single, ‘Long Drag’ (matinée 089) is surprisingly groovy with its schoolyard beat and staccato handclaps. The song was originally recorded as a straight-ahead rocker, but after playing a cut-up dub version for some friends the band decided to keep it.

More surprises follow with ‘We’re Not Lost,’ a brooding anthem to teenage heartache with its angular guitars and snap-tight drumming. Meanwhile, ‘My Crooked Arms’ strips away the drums and bass to reveal an emotional core of raw lyrics and guitars, accented beautifully by cello.

For you vinyl aficionados, side two opens with ‘We Didn’t Run From Anyone,’ a country-leaning ballad about love on the rocks (what else?), with Ethan’s gentle fingerpicking and breezy organ setting the scene.

The album closes with a dramatic one-two punch. ‘That’s What Love Is’ is a classic jangly rocker that’s sure to please the most ardent anoraks with its shades of Brighter, while the album’s final surprise, ‘Road Carry Me Home,’ is a lovely piano and cello driven heartbreaker.

If that wasn’t enough, the sleeve design features stunning papercraft artwork by Brooklyn artist Tae Won Yu that particularly shines in the larger vinyl format.

As 2014 will mark ten years since we first fell in love with Math and Physics Club, ‘Our Hearts Beat Out Loud’ shows they can still surprise us.

The album is officially released November 19th on CD (in handsome eco-wallet) plus digital formats, and there is also a limited edition 12” pressing for all you vinyl snobs that is especially attractive. We’ll activate the order button in a few days once we take delivery of the vinyl so please see the Matinée shop for details.

While you wait, here are a few favorites from the new album. Enjoy!

06.November.2013

CD67 sleevematcd067) from popular Glasgow band Bubblegum Lemonade is now available weeks earlier than anticipated! Here are some details:

The instantly loveable album is perfectly structured to ebb and flow from upbeat to downbeat and from fuzzy to clean across a dozen effervescent pop songs. The album kicks off with the poignant track ‘This Is The New Normal’ with plenty of jangling guitars on display plus a dose of violin and a nice helping of ba-ba-ba’s.

‘It’s Got To Be Summer’ has bits of glockenspiel, chiming guitars, and shimmering harmonies that recall fellow Scottish heroes Teenage Fanclub, while ‘Famous Blue Anorak’ is up-tempo jangly pop reminiscent of The Pooh Sticks and ‘Don’t Hurry Baby’ is like a downbeat Mary Chain meets the Walker Brothers with Sandra from Strawberry Whiplash on backing vocals.

‘Dead Poets Make Me Smile’ is an instant classic with guitars that recall The Smiths or The Wedding Present and lyrics about James Dean and Oscar Wilde, among others. It’s a clear single contender and the perfect song to balance the darker shades of the acoustic, reflective ‘You Can’t Go Back Again’ that follows.

Side two of the album opens with acclaimed first single ‘Have You Seen Faith?’—a secular hymn to missed opportunities with jangling, strumming riffs, great sixties harmonies, and an especially memorable chorus.

‘She Brings The Sunshine’ is another potential single—an optimistic jangle pop classic with a skipping drum rhythm that should make it a future student disco staple, while ‘First Rule Of Book Club’ begins in the library before layering in 12-string guitars and tambourines that build to a mesmerizing climax.

‘Your Valentine (Takes Me Back In Time)’ is a fuzzy guitar hit influenced by The Buzzcocks and early My Bloody Valentine that features more backing vox by Sandra from Strawberry Whiplash, while ‘Falling In Love With A Sad Song’ is a post modern disco nugget with major seventh guitar chords and knowing lyrics.

The album closes with ‘Mr. Dreaming’s Bland House’—a keen observation on urban planning and the first Bubblegum Lemonade song ever to reach the four-minute mark. It begins like a late period song by The Jam before visiting The Stone Roses on its way to a psychedelic wigout and perfect ending to the album.

Showcasing the latest from a never-ending pipeline of Bubblegum Lemonade hits, ‘Some Like It Pop’ is an accomplished, melodic gem and another modern classic for Matinée.

The album is officially released November 12th in a fantastic looking eco-wallet plus digital formats, but you can secure a copy RIGHT NOW from the Matinée shop. Here’s a little something to listen to while you speed through our efficient checkout process. More previews coming soon too!

28.October.2013

CD64 sleevematcd064) is a very special compilation celebrating our 15th anniversary as a record label. Instead of looking back on past achievements, however, we invited 15 Matinée artists to contribute a previously unreleased, exclusive, or rare recording to this collection and the result is a smashing success!

Australian collective Bart and Friends start the album off right with the ace autumnal pop of ‘There’s No Place,’ while Danish favorites Northern Portrait turn up the jangle with a brilliant new song called ‘The Young and Hopefuls’ and popular Scottish act Bubblegum Lemonade deliver another pop classic with ‘You Can’t Be Sad All The Time.’

Celebrated Irish fivesome September Girls show off their ace harmonies on the haunting, reverb soaked ‘Danny Wood,’ Simpático delivers the finest in Australian electro pop with the mesmerizing track ‘The Rays,’ and England showcases its first of three bands with the legendary Would-Be-Goods and their magnificent cover of the Martha and the Vandellas classic ‘No More Tearstained Makeup.’

Englishmen Charlie Big Time follow up their recent EP with a positively swinging new song ‘One Step Closer To Enemies,’ while sorely missed Australian hitmakers The Lucksmiths contribute the second cover song on the album with a brilliant version of the Jonathan Richman track ‘When I’m Walking’ and Swedish band The Electric Pop Group break a four-year silence with the ultra jangly new song ‘Parliament Square.’

Scottish duo Strawberry Whiplash return with a fuzzy pop gem called ‘September Saturday,’ Seattle’s Math and Physics Club channel their inner Housemartins with the harmonica-rich pop of ‘I Know It’s Over,’ and Australia celebrates its fourth contribution with the mighty new song ‘Through The Curtain’ from The Steinbecks.

Brazil’s Pale Sunday showcases the best in South American pop with an excellent new song ‘In The Hardest Moment,’ while elusive American expats (and former Fairways) Clay Hips contribute great new track ‘Someone Who Wanders’ and English act Melodie Group conclude things in fine fashion with their first song in eight years called ‘Only Forever.’

The album will be released November 12th in a deluxe eco-wallet with one of those snazzy vinyl disc CDs plus digital formats. Preorders begin soon in the Matinée shop. In the meantime, we’ll be premiering songs all week long on Soundcloud and on the player below. This is essential listening so enjoy!

08.October.2013

CD63 sleevematcd063) from celebrated Swedish pop act Azure Blue is out today!

Capturing the hearts of music lovers around the world with the debut album ‘Rule Of Thirds’ (matcd059), Azure Blue earned international critical praise, won a Swedish independent grammy for best pop album in 2012, and enjoyed exposure on both Swedish national TV and Spanish national radio.

The new album builds on the success of the debut with highly personal and deeply romantic songwriting bathed in especially polished production. Lead single ‘The Road I Know’ has been described as “a cacophony of vintage synthesizers battling for attention over a bed of whiplash electronic drums, all toned down by Tobias Isaksson’s romantic, softly delivered vocals.”

Among many album highlights, opening track ‘Time Is On Our Side’ showcases elegant, warm vocals set to ambitiously sweeping instrumentation, while ‘Willows and Pines’ displays a downbeat splendor of captivating electronica and ‘Sunset’ is a hypnotic and especially ebullient masterpiece that sparkles in all the right places.

The album had its streaming premiere last week courtesy of respected pop culture site PopMatters, and today brings an exclusive interview and the premiere of a brand new video for album opener ‘Time Is On Our Side’ on the fantastic Interview Magazine!

The music press is definitely taking note, with some spectacular early reviews surfacing already:

“Beyond The Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt is a record filled with unabashed wonder, pastel coloured hues and heart flipping melodies … a lustrous sea of texture and emotion that’s delivered with incredible panache.” —The Line Of Best Fit

“Lovely synth-pop gems that dazzle like something from Factory Records’ salad days.” —Linear Tracking Lives

“Like a clear summer sky or a particularly satisfying Dulux colour, Azure Blue is easy to get lost in.” —Time Out London

“Beyond the Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt continues the melancholic, New Order-for-dreamers vibe… weaving together a synth- and drum-machine-fueled, slow-motion disco.” —Interview Magazine

“A melange of ’80s synthpop textures and ’90s shoegaze vocals mixed with that wall of sound perfected by pop music back in the ’60s … yet this music sounds utterly contemporary.” —PopMatters

“Beyond The Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt is ten tracks of polished pure sentimental indie pop … majestically warm and simultaneously aloof like Behaviour by Pet Shop Boys.” —Deadly Music

“The album is an altogether darker affair than Isaksson’s debut, but retains the melodic fortitude, the hypnotic hooks and reverb-laden delicacy that we’ve come to love from the Swedish artist. “—JaJaJa Music

“A wonderfully crafted album. —Seesound

The album is available in deluxe matte finish eco-wallet and digital formats from trusty record retailers including our very own Matinée shop. You can preview four of the ace album tracks on the Soundcloud player below:

05.October.2013
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Our latest 45s are the top sellers on the Matinée hit parade at the moment and they are enjoying great reviews in the music press as well. The current number one is the debut ‘Real Tears’ 7” (matinée 090) on transparent blue vinyl from English quintet Seabirds. Here are choice quotes about the single from six people in the know:

“A storming debut … a triumph of five people capturing a moment and time in three minutes, like all the best seven inch singles … one quite glorious debut single.” —A Layer of Chips

“Love at first listen … Matinée Recordings just found another unmissable new band … stunning jangle-pop with rocking guitars and male-female soaring vocals … we want MORE!” —Bloodbuzzed

“As pure a slice of jangly rock as you’ll hear all year.” —Gold Flake Paint

“Two top class indie pop songs with energetically played guitars, sincere lead vocals and excellent harmonies … an extremely well-crafted debut release.” —When You Motor Away

“Like a disaffected distant cousin of B&S [who] nonchalantly swigs a premium-strength brew of Butcher Boy, Tompaulin and approximately 92 Scandinavian pop heroes.” —In Love With These Times, In Spite Of These Times

“In short, a triumph!” —Troublezine

Have a listen to ‘Real Tears’ here to see what all the fuss is about:

Seattle trio Math and Physics Club are selling strong in the shop with their new ‘Long Drag’ 7” (matinée 089) on coke bottle green vinyl. The single is basking in praise from around the world and here are some of the superb things written about it so far:

“This is not the Math and Physics Club your parents knew and they are all the better for it! More like this please.” —The Finest Kiss

“If you want to know what the best single to be released this year is, then look no further than the mighty Math and Physics Club who continue to lead the way in perfect pop with the hand-clap laden Long Drag.” —A Layer of Chips

“Pure indie-pop goodness.” —Backseat Mafia

“Long Drag is well worth the wait … a punchy bassline, B52s guitars, crisp handclaps and a subdued vocal performance make for a wonderfully understated yet superbly poppy indie smash in the making.” —Listen with Monger

“Charming and sublime.” —The Big Takeover

“Long Drag is simply stunning, pulse-beating, addictive and joyful … what a comeback!” —Bloodbuzzed

Here’s a stream of ‘Long Drag’ to play while you continue reading:

Australian band The Steinbecks are another favorite with their first release in six years, the splendid ‘At Arkaroo Rock’ 7” (matinée 088) on classic black vinyl. Here’s what the indie press has to say about the single:

“At Arkaroo Rock gradually permeates your brain with its delicate charms and simple melodies… a quite beautiful song.” —Sounds XP

“Their new single harkens beautifully back to those old Sugargliders days, from the influence of Aztec Camera (think ‘We Could Send Letters’) in the guitar and vocals to the conspiratorial closeness of it all.” —Mess + Noise

“Moth-delicate, with gently cascading vocal lines and a glistening spun web of guitars … it operates at a dizzying level of exquisiteness.” —In Love With These Times, In Spite Of These Times

“At Arkaroo Rock is a gentle, lilting, meandering song with dreamy, Chris Isaak guitars and bass line that waitresses will simply have to wiggle their bums to.” —Listen with Monger

“Green, lush introspective pop music with inch perfect guitar phrases and the usual love of nature that comes through on all Meadows brothers recordings.” —A Layer of Chips

“Fabulous guitar pop from Australia.” —Rockerilla

You can hear ‘At Arkaroo Rock’ on the player below:

Finally, the bubblegum pink vinyl ‘Have You Seen Faith?’ 7” (matinée 087) from Scottish hitmakers Bubblegum Lemonade is flying off the shelves and here are a few of our favorite quotes from recent reviews:

“Have You Seen Faith? is a lilting, harmony-laden track, complete with Rickenbacker solo and infectious little chorus. Whatever the time of day and mood, there’s always time in your day for little pop gems like this.” —Backseat Mafia

“The sound, as ever, is pristine indiepop and the melodies are typically wonderful.” —The Sound of Confusion

“Have You Seen Faith has the Byrds jangle and adds a little of the Stone Roses more melancholy side to the equation. Bonus points for writing the answer to Heavenly‘s Cool Guitar Boy on the b-side.” —The Finest Kiss

“The hazy Byrds-like title track moves from gentle drawn out vocals to a super melodic guitar figure, while ‘Cool Guitar Girl’ transports the sweet C86 pop of Primal Scream’s superlative ‘Velocity Girl’ across the Atlantic and ‘Angry Birds’ hits a melodic sweetspot … a brief but brilliant record.” —Rave Child

“Have You Seen Faith is one of those magical moments in pop music.” —When You Motor Away

“Another trio of timeless songs.” —Sounds XP

Have a listen to the ace title track now if you’d like:

All four singles are available now in the Matinée shop in both physical and digital formats. Please see the updated catalog pages for complete release details including soundclips and full reviews. Hurrah for 7” vinyl!