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by Jedd Beaudoin

22 May 2017

Swarming Branch returns  with a tuneful meditation on the nature of authenticity, contemporary life.

Photo: Ryan Miller

With the observational skills of Ray Davies, the freak folk interests of early Beck and a conceptual bent that places the outfit in line with fellow Ohioan Robert Pollard, Swarming Branch’s music is as accessible as it is intellectually rewarding. The real pleasure of listening to this collection comes not in peeling away the layers or finding new nomenclature to describe the dizzying array of sounds contained in these tracks. Instead, it’s in letting the music work its charms in these brief and brilliant bursts of both sincerity and hilarity.

by Sarah Zupko

22 May 2017

French singer Tess  impresses with some electropop island vibes in her latest video, "Love Gun".

Photo: Jules Faure

Tess Océane Joffroy hails from Saint Denis on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and that stunningly gorgeous location is the setting for Tess’ new video for the single “Love Gun”. The island vibes imbue “Love Gun” with warmth and mellowness as the sound of waves lapping the shore intertwine with the instrumentation. Meanwhile, Tess’ electropop aesthetic embraces minimalist textures and quiet space within the confines of a traditional pop song. That allows Tess’ music to both feel vast and intimate at the same time. Tess’ voice recalls Björk and the Knife at moments, but she’s more resolutely pop like an Ellie Goulding or Hannah Reid (London Grammar), and her music draws more from R&B than those aforementioned northern artists.

by Jessy Krupa

22 May 2017

A busy episode  in which at least one character dies, two become puppets, and three are trapped and left for dead in an unlikely place.

Mary Winchester

“Dean, monsters and demons don’t team up. Seven hunters are gone. We can’t grab a signal from Mom’s phone. Cass has Kelly Kline who knows where. Mick has slipped off the grid. Ketch is lying to us. I, I… I wanna punch something in the face.”
—Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) in “There’s Something About Mary”

This week’s episode of The CW’s Supernatural is one of those type of episodes. How do you feel about Eileen’s (Shoshannah Stern) death? She was ripped apart by Mr. Ketch (David Haydn-Jones)‘s pet hellhound, which is admittedly ridiculous, but at least different. (Apparently, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) has some sort of deal going on with the British Men Of Letters.)

by PopMatters Staff

19 May 2017

This track soars , a multidimensional UNKLE piece as free as the open road it’s named for.

Evan Sawdey: When UNKLE debuted in 1998, part of the buzz stemmed from the fact that this project was a new outlet for the more structured, accessible melodic musings of the great DJ Shadow, still riding high off of the success of his iconic debut Endtroducing…. Yet in the Shadowless years that followed, James Lavelle has been slowly building UNKLE into something of a dark-pop warhorse, continuing the group’s ongoing brand of cryptic-yet-danceable sounds in new dimensions and with new directions. “The Road” is frentic, blessed with a genuine enthusiasm behind it that bleeds through that epic drum buildup and that smooth acoustic cooldown. As has been the case for the past few years now, “The Road” that UNKLE is going down is one worth following them on. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

19 May 2017

Sir Sly’s  “High” nails the mindset of many a millennial as the group sings about “wondering what peace would be like” -- drugs as a means of escape from this very specific wave of global turmoil.

Adriane Pontecorvo: The premise isn’t too groundbreaking: a group of young indie poppers with hip haircuts singing about getting high. What sets Sir Sly’s take on getting high apart from many others is how current it is. Sir Sly’s “High” nails the mindset of many a millennial as the group sings about “wondering what peace would be like”—drugs as a means of escape from this very specific wave of global turmoil. On top of that, the chorus is mind-blowingly catchy, the beats enticing. This is a social statement you can dance to, an escapist earworm and a party anthem for our times. [9/10]

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