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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009

Caroline Weeks, the multi-instrumentalist in Bat for Lashes, will release her debut solo album in April. The album, entitled Songs for Edna, contains nine songs of minimalist folk which borrow lyrics from renowned poet Edna St. Vincent-Millay. “Elegy” is a sparse, mournful rendition of St. Vincent-Millay’s dark poem of the same name.


Caroline Weeks
“Elegy” [MP3]
     



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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009

Anything, and I mean anything, Quantic Soul Orchestra related is worth paying attention to. Playing her part in the modern soul revival, Kinny’s solo debut is due out March 23rd in the UK. It will also feature production from Tru Thoughts mainstays Hint, Nostalgia 77, and TM Juke, as well as rising Norwegian star Souldrop.


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Monday, Feb 23, 2009

It’s been four years since Depeche Mode’s last album Playing the Angel and in April they’ll follow it up with Sounds of the Universe (featuring cover art that looks like it’s from 1981). The band debuted the album’s first single “Wrong” over the weekend at the Echo Awards in Germany. Unfortunately it appears to be playback and not actually live but that’s how they do things on TV in Germany. The song is full of chanting, fat synths, and general darkness. DM fans rejoice.


The “Wrong” single is out on April 6th in Europe and April 7th in the US. Sounds of the Universe is out on April 20th in Europe and April 21st in the US.


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Monday, Feb 23, 2009
by PopMatters Staff

Seth Walker
Songs from Leap of Faith [3 March]
“Can’t Come With You” [MP3]
     


Rewind [MP3]
     


Jar-e
“An Idea” [MP3] from Chicas Malas [24 February]
     


Kelly Joe Phelps
“Western Bell” [MP3] from Western Bell [24 March]
     


Deer Tick
“Long Time” [MP3]
     



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Monday, Feb 23, 2009

Although Diego Bernal’s smart, sample-based instrumental hip hop/electronic record is only available for free download at this time, it would probably play even better on vinyl. Look at the cover: wasn’t this meant for an earlier decade? Alas, it’s free, so why quibble? For Corners is excellent; in places, it’s a timely tribute to J Dilla’s carefully chopped celebrations of soul and funk 45s, but Bernal’s sample choices are diverse—his pieces sometimes peak in Prefuse-esque glitch when they’re not spooky and as smooth as silk—vinyl crackles included, even if it ain’t vinyl.


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