When you think of indie pop in 2003, odds are Santa Barbara label Matinee springs to mind fairly soon in the process. They have a lineup that contains some of the best indie pop groups in the U.K. and Australia. The Matinee Autumn Assortment! is a ten-track label sampler that has rare tracks, remixes, and songs from recent and forthcoming releases from their top artists. The best band on the label, the Lucksmiths, is represented by the excellent "After the After Party" from their recent mini-album A Little Distraction. Previously unreleased tracks include Slipslide's jangly "Love Split," Harper Lee's typically gloomy "Autumn," and the Would-Be-Goods' atypically tough "Morning After." Tunes from upcoming albums include "Baseball Caps and Novas" from the Liberty Ship's Tide LP, the dusty epic "I've Got Mexico" from Airport Girl's hotly anticipated Notes and Tones, and "Summer Snow" from the Windmills' Now Is Then. The Pines' autumnal ballad "A Rainy Day" is borrowed from an EP on Foxyboy Records. Two remixes round out the collection nicely: the Pipas' "Don't Remix" and Lovejoy's "Strike a Pose," which is a remix of their "Night on Earth." The EP is a nice introduction to the label, a must for Matinee devotees, and more proof that the Matinee crew knows the score.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra