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by Adrien Begrand

25 Nov 2015

The Australian band  needs no words to tell a moving story.
Photo by
Josh Groom

Australian progressive instrumental heavy rock band We Lost the Sea are set to release their new album Departure Songs on 27 November via Translation Loss Records (pre-order here). The sextet have an incredible knack for creating a cinematic effect with their compositions, and as the heart-wrenching “A Gallant Gentleman” illustrates, they can tell a story without words quite brilliantly.

by G. Christopher Williams

25 Nov 2015

It's easy to  dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

I’ve finally gotten around to playing Hotline Miami 2, so I’ve been thinking a lot about blood lately.

For those unfamiliar, Hotline Miami and its more recent sequel Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number are horrific games full of carnage… and, well, more carnage. In the first game, you play as a psychopath who receives messages on his answering machine that provide locations for him to commit mass murder in. In Hotline Miami 2, you play as a series of psychopaths doing much the same.

by Sachyn Mital

24 Nov 2015

Marina's star shines  bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

The BBC thought Marina and the Diamond‘s Froot should have landed a nomination for the Mercury Prize which was awarded last week to Benjamin Clementine (for At Least for Now). Over the course of 2015, I have found Marina’s album to be an extremely engaging pop record, enough so that it stands in the genre as a favorite (alongside Say Lou Lou) of the year. So I had to see her once more—with the bonus of having Christine and the Queens as openers.

by Adrien Begrand

24 Nov 2015

Recorded in one  take in an actual playground, this experimental track captures the innocence of childhood beautifully.

Dallas-based multi-instrumentalist Jeff Ryan has worked with St. Vincent, the War on Drugs, Daniel Johnston, Sarah Jaffe, and many more, but his project Myopic deserves notice, as his beautiful new track proves. Lifted from his upcoming release Two Pieces, which will come out on 11 December, “Playground” was recorded in one take in the playground of the school Ryan’s children attend.

by Adrien Begrand

24 Nov 2015

The American expatriate  writes Americana with a European perspective, which his wonderful new video illustrates.

Raised on a farm in Missouri but now based in Berlin, Americana singer-songwriter Ian Fisher released his latest album Nero last month. He’s put together a video for his gorgeous and plaintive title track, which you can see below.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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