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by Jonathan Frahm

12 Oct 2017

As First Aid Kit has proven, there is a concerted respect for Americana music in Nordic countries. The latest to be bubbling up to the top in the region is Norwegian band Darling West, who is gearing up to release their third album in early 2018.

by PopMatters Staff

11 Oct 2017

Tristan Kneschke: ZelooperZ lends raps to Shigeto’s latest banger, finding the pair indulging in a healthy dose of bizarre humor and occult imagery throughout “Barry White”. ZelooperZ raps in a room filled with girls entranced by his lyrical skills, their hair waving uncontrollably as the MC becomes a verbal snake charmer. Even an eight-year-old girl becomes bewitched, and while it’s tough to imagine her even being aware of Ghostly International, that’s part of the fun. The whole affair walks several aesthetic lines; between the synthwave pink-blue lights, the slow, reversed-hair beauty, and the cloaked figures, the video leaves one with an unsettling feeling, even though its producers don’t seem to be taking things all that seriously. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

11 Oct 2017

Adriane Pontecorvo: Filmed on the shores of Ghana, “Water” serves as an epilogue to Sudan Archives’ outstanding debut EP. Her voice and strings mesmerize, as always, and the electronic touches Archives adds are almost ambient, but still structured enough to indicate that Archives is showing us two minutes and 17 seconds of a whole world that she has built herself. Her innovation knows no bounds, and while the slice that is “Water” is barely a glimpse of that, it’s a good one. [9/10]

by Sarah Zupko

11 Oct 2017

Last year when first approaching Terra Lightfoot‘s music, I said, “get ready to adore Terra Lightfoot, a roots rocker with a powerful voice and a badass Gibson SG that she plays with consummate ease. Yep, she could be your new rock ‘n’ roll hero. Drawing from rock, soul, and blues, Lightfoot is a monster talent that will be gracing the world’s largest festival stages in no time.” True to those sentiments, Lightfoot is back in 2017 with a new album New Mistakes chock full of soulful rock ‘n’ roll, mega SG riffs, and songs highlighting Lightfoot’s broad musical range. New Mistakes is Lightfoot’s most accomplished music yet, with a tracklist full of variety in tempos and moods, a carefully constructed and produced set of material that highlights Lightfoot’s rapid development as an artist.

by Jedd Beaudoin

11 Oct 2017

When song and band unite to excite our basic enthusiasm, it’s a great thing. Witness this new track from Sunbathers, “Honeysuk”. The infectious, new heights-reaching track lasts a mere four minutes but remains with us for much longer. It functions as both a dance floor anthem and a piece worthy of meditating on via its exploration of all things sexy. The accompanying video compliments the track’s subtle funkiness as well as its light sense of humor and appreciation of the carnal.

//Mixed media

NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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