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by PopMatters Staff

25 Aug 2016


Photo: Scott McCormick

Colorado’s Paper Bird have been turning heads on the Americana scene with their unique sound featuring three female lead vocalists. So much so, in fact, that John Oates of the legendary Hall & Oates became a fan of the group and then signed on to produce their new self-titled album releasing September 9th via Thirty Tigers. That’s just in time for the AmericanaFest crowds to have digested their new music ahead of their appearance at the festival on September 24th. You’ll hear influences from Fleet Foxes, the Lone Bellow, and Fleetwood Mac on Paper Bird and, of course, from John Oates himself as the band honors him with this delightful take on the Hall & Oates classic, “Make My Dreams Come True”.

by Sarah Zupko

25 Aug 2016


On the eve of its US release tomorrow, we have the premiere of Terra Lightfoot‘s new album, the stellar Every Time My Mind Runs Wild. Back in May, we said, “Love the Alabama Shakes and Brittany Howard? Then 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.”

See for yourself, as Lightfoot honors her roots music influences—Maybelle Carter, Sister Rosetta Tharpe,  Leadbelly, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding,Nina Simone and Billie Holiday—with complete mastery while remaining very much her own artist, a true original with a long career ahead of her.

by Jedd Beaudoin

25 Aug 2016


Post-rock trio Esben and the Witch will release the album Older Terrors November 4 via Season of Mist. The band has just issued the track “Sylvan” to celebrate the record’s impending arrival. With passages that range from spare and haunting to loud and frightening, the 13-minute tune serves as a perfect taste of the whole album. Vocalist Rachel Davies sings with an uncommon ease and grace, further establishing herself as one of the most remarkable voices in any genre. Drummer Daniel Copeman plays with both taste and passion, while guitarist Thomas Fischer creates intricate but subtle layers that strike the perfect balance between darkness and light.

by PopMatters Staff

24 Aug 2016


Photo: Andrew Stasser

Chris Ingalls: The latest project from New York-based electronic artist Joe Williams, Motion Graphics is a purely synthetic stab at experimental synthpop, with an emphasis on “experimental”. With “Anyware”, he basically throws everything at the wall to see what sticks, and the result is a sonic collage packed with unique textures that sounds like Peter Gabriel’s Security album after a wild animal was let loose on the mixing desk. Interesting, restless and far-reaching. [8/10]

by PopMatters Staff

24 Aug 2016


Adriane Pontecorvo: Beautiful, soulful, and just a little otherworldly. There’s a tight simplicity at the core of both this song and its video: a voice, a woman, an empty room, piano notes spiraling upward. Within such clean lines, it’s that much more rewarding to go outside the box, glitching and syncopating, defying physics. The way the retro beats play together sounds almost childlike, and Lalin St. Juste’s voice is the perfect counterpoint, pouring through the spaces between keys and loops like honey. The only issue I have with this song is that I want so much more of it; at less than three minutes, this song will get a lot of repeat listens in anticipation of the full album release in October. [10/10]

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