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Red Sleeping Beauty – Tonight EP

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We are thrilled to announce the exclusive new ‘Tonight’ EP (matinée 099) from Swedish legends Red Sleeping Beauty! The trio of Niklas Angergard, Kristina Borg, and Mikael Matsson formed in the early 1990s and released acclaimed records on numerous international indie labels including Marsh Marigold, Sunday, Siesta, Labrador, and Shelflife so we are truly honored to add Matinée to their illustrious discography.

Lead track ‘Tonight’ is an ode to the hopes and possibilities of youthful summer nights, featuring vintage synthesizers and exceptional dual vocals from Niklas and Kristina along with an especially healthy dose of reverb. ‘Someone Somewhere’ is an A-side of its own, featuring enchanting vocals from Kristina, soaring synths, and an insanely catchy chorus that cements its status as a perfect three-minute pop song.

‘Emma’s House’ is a charming cover of the debut Sarah single from English band The Field Mice that builds from a simple and pensive beginning to an electronic and atmospheric conclusion that nicely mirrors the evolution of the original band’s career arc. Final track ‘Falling Out Of Love’ is a massive club hit waiting to happen, with swirling and wonderfully chiming synthesizers racing at an especially impressive beats per minute for maximum dancefloor filling capability.

Released just three months after the smash album ‘Stockholm’ (matcd084) earlier this year, the ‘Tonight’ EP is an extraordinary and essential addition to the Red Sleeping Beauty catalog.

The EP is officially released July 12, but you can order a copy RIGHT NOW exclusively from the Matinée shop. Limited time offer: we actually have copies of the CD in hand already, so if you order by June 25 we will send a copy the same day! After that we are on vacation so subsequent orders will ship July 10 but you can still enjoy the digital download while you wait for the postman.

To get you even more excited, you can stream ‘Tonight’ and ‘Someone Somewhere’ now on our Soundcloud!

 


Matinée welcomes My darling YOU!

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We have been big fans of Swedish duo My darling YOU! since their self-released EPs early last decade all the way through a stunning run of releases on the Luxury Records label. They are masters of a sort of shouty, energetic pop that appealed to our teenage punk addiction in the same sort of way that Sportique did in the very early days of Matinée.

Some people used to say that Sportique were not a typical Matinée band … whatever that means … and the same people might think that about My darling YOU! but of course they would be wrong.

Sometime recently we heard a rumor that the band may have new recordings on the horizon and figured it was as good a time as any to get in touch with them. This correspondence resulted in a plan to release an album entitled ‘A Dream Come True’ this summer that collects 20 tracks from sold out EPs previously released by the band.

One of the tracks from the compilation is ‘Thanks For Letting Me Stay’ which originally appeared on the band’s final release in 2011. It’s a song about drinking too much and regretting it the next day and it has a fantastic shambolic energy to it that is typical in their recordings.

We are advancing the album with a digital single (matda016) including this song and a track called ‘Spring’ that will not be on the compilation. The single is available today in the Matinée shop or from your favorite digital retailer so we are excited to officially welcome the band to the Matinée roster. ‘Thanks For Letting Me Stay’ is also a featured track now on our Soundcloud!

 


Azure Blue – Event Horizon

The new album ‘Images of You’ (matcd086) from Sweden’s Azure Blue is out next week, but we couldn’t wait to share another single from it!

‘Event Horizon’ is a dark but hopeful story about love in the time of climate change that showcases captivating melodies, an absolutely soaring chorus, and a certain Spanish flair. It’s brilliant and our current favorite among many favorites from the new album.

The single (matda015) is available today from the Matinée shop or your favorite digital retailer, and the new album is out next Friday!

In the meantime, have a listen to ‘Event Horizon’ on our Soundcloud!

 


Bubblegum Lemonade – Heaven With You

The second single from the smashing new Bubblegum Lemonade album ‘Desperately Seeking Sunshine’ (matcd085) is out now!

‘Heaven With You’ is a surefire radio hit featuring a chiming Byrds-like guitar intro, an infectious hi hat, glockenspiel, and celestial backing vocals from Sandra of fellow Scottish band Strawberry Whiplash.

To celebrate the release of the single, we’ve created a three-track EP (matda013) that showcases two extra songs the band recorded during the ‘Desperately Seeking Sunshine’ album sessions. They’re called ‘She’s A Legal High’ and ‘Fifty Shades Of Pale’ and both are exclusive to this release!

The digital single is available now in the Matinée shop and the usual digital platforms. You can also stream ‘Heaven With You’ on our Soundcloud:

 


Azure Blue – Images of You

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New release alert! Azure Blue, one of Sweden’s most internationally acclaimed indie artists, is back with a stunning fifth album ‘Images of You’ (matcd086) and it is absolutely clear that somebody has fallen in love. Consistent with the approach on the celebrated debut album ‘Rule of Thirds’ (matcd059) in 2011, Tobias Isaksson set his main focus on the songwriting with tracks written on guitar and carefully transformed into warm analog synth soundscapes. Using his film director girlfriend as a muse, the results are heartfelt and romantic pop classics.

Cinematic opener ‘Hokarangen’ is the sound of the night bus home from the studio marking the end of an era roaming aimlessly alone, while ‘Entropy’ is a three-minute rush of synthpop perfection that signals the thrilling excitement of newfound love. ‘Event Horizon’…one of several featured singles on the album…is a dark but hopeful story about love in the time of climate change that showcases captivating melodies, a soaring chorus, and a certain Spanish flair.

‘Millions of Stars’ is another enchanting single featuring analog synth arpeggios and one of the biggest crescendos we’ve heard from nearly a decade of productions, while ‘Images of You’ is two minutes of haunting old school synthpop with ethereal female backing vocals and ‘Running with the Eventide’ slows down the pace with an especially honest love song.

‘Yesterday’s Gone’ is another single contender with a sensational singalong chorus, enticing percussion, and absolutely superb melodies, while ‘Wild for the Night’ is a keyboard-driven manic pop thrill and lead single ‘Shine On’ is a dreamy synthpop hit with shimmering reverb that brightens up the song like the northern lights.

‘Sea of Love’ is an earnest love song that further demonstrates Isaksson’s romantic side, while album closer ‘The Rose’ is a beautiful, naked ballad written and recorded in one dayis the most sincere Azure Blue track to date.

Echoing timeless pop melodies…as if Depeche Mode, New Order, and OMD grew up in Sweden instead of England…and featuring contributions from contemporary Swedish artists The Land Below and Paola, ‘Images Of You’ is consummate electronic indie and Azure Blue’s finest moment to date. The album is officially released June 14, but you can order a copy RIGHT NOW exclusively from the Matinée shop and enjoy a digital copy while you wait for the postman to deliver it. You can also stream two album tracks now on our Soundcloud!

 


Red Sleeping Beauty – We Are Magic

We are very excited to release ‘We Are Magic’ from Swedish legends Red Sleeping Beauty as a single today! The song, taken from the magnificent new album ‘Stockholm’ (matcd084), is an infectious dancefloor filler that features swirling synthesizers and crystalline vocals.

The digital single (matda014) includes an exclusive alternate mix of the song ‘We Are Magic (Morning Light version)’. It is available now in the Matinée shop and all the usual digital platforms. You can also stream both tracks on our Soundcloud!

 


The Royal Landscaping Society – Goodbye

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Back in 2014, a Spanish band called The Royal Landscaping Society released an eponymous mini-album on the French label Beko Disques that caught our attention. Comprised of six songs and a handful of remixes, it was the sort of album that left you wanting more…especially if you are a fan of old school Matinée favorites Harper Lee or their Sarah Records predecessor Brighter which of course we are!

Over the next few years, other tracks from The Royal Landscaping Society appeared on various compilations from other astute labels across the globe until one day we met and mutually decided they really needed to be part of the Matinée roster.

Since that day, the band has released impressive tracks on two Matinée compilations: ‘Matinée Idols’ (matcd075) in 2017 and the ‘Official Matinée World Cup’ EP (matinée 098) last year, and has recorded a third song for another Matinée compilation coming out this summer. There are also three simply stunning new recordings that will be released on a 7″ single later this year. But more on that gem another day…

While we anxiously await the 7″ release, we thought it would be a good idea to compile the tracks from the sold out mini-album and the various compilation appearances into one collection and that collection, called ‘Means of Production’, should be out sometime in July if all goes to plan. The compilation includes an impressive 16 songs – essentially everything released by the band to date including a clutch of cover versions of some indie classics you know and love – all meticulously remastered by the band exclusively for this definitive collection. Watch for more details on this release soon.

To advance the album, we are thrilled to release a digital single (matda009) today including a new version of the brilliant song ‘Goodbye’ that originally appeared on the Beko mini-album coupled with a cover of ‘A To Fade In’ by Creation Records favorites Adorable. The single is available now in the Matinée shop or from your favorite digital merchant including iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. ‘Goodbye’ is also now featured on our Soundcloud!

 


Azure Blue – Millions of Stars

Swedish pop sensations Azure Blue have a new album entitled ‘Images of You’ out next month, and the second single from the album is available now!

‘Millions of Stars’ is a firework consisting of 32 voices of custom made analog synth arpeggios and one of the biggest crescendos we’ve heard from the artist in a decade of productions. Forever blue, but deeply in love. It’s a certified smash so we couldn’t make you wait any longer to hear it.

The single is available in the form of a two-track EP (matda010) featuring the title track and a heartfelt gem called ‘The Rose’ and you can get it in the Matinée shop or from your favorite digital retailer.

The new album is set for June release and is honestly the strongest set of songs so far from Azure Blue so get ready for your summer crush! In the meantime, you can listen to ‘Millions of Stars’ on our Soundcloud!

 


The Perfect English Weather – Call Me When The Rain Comes

A really fantastic new EP from The Perfect English Weather is out today! The digital single (matda012) features lead track ‘Call Me When The Rain Comes’ which is a slow builder about emigration, climate change and river fishing walks in Nova Scotia. A big favorite at recent live gigs, this is a new mix of the song originally appearing on the album ‘Don’t You Wanna Feel The Rain?’ (matcd083) and featuring live drums by Jonny Aitken of Spiritualized fame.

The EP also comes with three brand new songs exclusive to this release: “How Could I Ever?’ plus ‘She Isn’t Counting On A Miracle’ and ‘Carry Me’. They are all typical Perfect English Weather electro-acoustic classics, so what’s not to love?

The EP is available now in the Matinée shop or from the usual digital merchants. You can also stream two tracks now on our Soundcloud!