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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
Angelic vocal harmonies and a wintry mood make the Staves' "Make It Holy" a stunner of a live track.

Recorded in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio (where he recorded his highly acclaimed second Bon Iver LP), English trio the Staves’ new album, If I Was, is layered with intoxicating vocal harmonies. The influence of Vernon, who produced the record, is more than obvious, especially considering that the Staves have opened for Bon Iver in the past. However, the trio—comprised of sisters Emily (vocals), Jessica (vocals, guitar), and Camilla (vocals, ukulele) Staveley-Taylor—took Vernon’s famed Wisconsin space and made it their own, creating an album of beautiful, contemplative reflection.


Recently, the Staves took to the stage of London’s Wilton’s Music Hall with Vernon, playing through If I Was in its entirety as a lead-in to its stateside release. Below you can watch the trio and Vernon perform the captivating “Make It Holy”.


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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
by PopMatters Staff
"Rayc Fire 2" is a big beat banger off Squarepusher's upcoming release Damogen Furies, which is the electronic musician's first album since 2012's Ufabulum.

Judging from this track, the new record should be a great one, keeping pace with Squarepusher’s track record of excellent albums.




Damogen Furies releases April 21st via Warp Records.


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Monday, Mar 30, 2015
"Half a Chance" finds the Cuban-Canadian singer/songwriter Alex Cuba joining his smooth brand of songwriting with that of legendary troubadour Ron Sexsmith.

The bilingual, acoustic guitar-led “Half a Chance” is one of the standout cuts from Healer, the new LP by Alex Cuba, the self-described “Spider Man of Latin music”. Like the rest of the album, “Half a Chance” represents the two different perspectives from which Cuba approaches his songwriting: as a Cuban-born immigrant to Canada, his music reflects where he’s been and where he’s come from. Cuban and Latin influences are prevalent in his music, but so too are pop and singer/songwriter tropes from North America. For “Half a Chance”, Cuba is joined by fellow Canadian Ron Sexsmith, who provides some nice harmony vocals in the chorus.


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Monday, Mar 30, 2015
The music video to the buoyant bit of synth-pop that is "Shining Armor" pays homage to Azealia Banks's "212" video.

Featuring an ultra-catchy chorus hook and synths that bring LCD Soundsystem to mind, “Shining Amor” is a capture of the Brooklyn trio Basic Shapes’ sharp pop sensibility and sense of fun. The latter particularly comes out in the new music video to “Shining Armor”, which you can view exclusively below. What began as a tribute to an Azealia Banks music video became something else entirely: something goofy, charming, and well within the spirit of the tune itself.


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Friday, Mar 27, 2015
British rock 'n' roller Scarlette stars in a flashy music video for her tune "6ft Woman", which runs through a stylish history of cinematic iconography.

Having already garnered attention in her native UK with placement on two BBC Radio 2 playlists for her singles “Crash & Burn” and “Elated”, Scarlette recently made a video—which you can watch exclusively below—of her tune “6ft Woman”, a loving tribute to both rock music and cinematic iconography. Essentially, the video is a snazzy collection of opening credit scenes, with all of the cool fonts that one can see on classic film posters.


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