The 10X’s stock and trade is crafting anthemic indie rock with a veneer of glossy production. Wave-crashing percussion, intertwining guitar hooks, and tapestries of synths support songwriter Jeff Gingrich’s emotive vocals. There’s a degree of ‘80s new wave revivalism, with U2 and the Killers standing as obvious reference points.
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Adriane Pontecorvo: Trains in the dark, actual, concrete trains in the dark, always seem to carry passengers filled with a gnawing emptiness. There’s something strange in the transit, evocative and full of ghosts. Liima has perfectly translated this feeling into music, creating sizzling, echoing electronic rock music with a dark ‘80s vibe. Steady bass and pulsing rhythms drive the track forward, and the video’s glitchy, flashing imagery enhances that surreal quality, elusive and distressing. “Trains in the Dark” is an intriguing, seductive taste, one that leaves me wanting more not because anything is lacking, but because the song urges the listener to follow it down the rabbit hole. [8/10]
That unimaginable wellspring of curiosity known as Pepe Deluxé, and its chairmen James Spectrum and Paul Malmström, would not have been appointed professors of madness at Oxford University by DJ Food were it not for the support of their long time label, Catskills Records. For the past two decades, equally as long as Pepe has been around, the feline imprint helmed by Brighton brothers Amr Mallassi and Khalid Mallassi has tirelessly supported music on the fringes of the dancefloor, coming up during the peak of trip-hop and big beat end evolving through folktronica, future funk, mutant pop, and anywhere else inspiration may take them.
World music master Piers Faccini couldn’t have picked a better time to release his new album, I Dreamed an Island, which celebrates cultural diversity in a time of increasing intolerance around the world. It’s a noble aim for sure. Faccini did his historical research as he wanted to based his new album around the idea of an island where a multicultural people live in harmony. So, he ended up choosing 12th Century Sicily as it was a decidedly metropolitan place where the Western, Arabic and Byzantine worlds all came together.
Kingsley Flood is one of those bands that matter as they address race, identity and class issues in a serious way in their music. It’s music with something important to say, like the Clash, all backed with with a hard-charging folk-inflected rock sound. Frontman Naseem Khuri is a Palestinian American, which gives him a strong vantage point to examine these issues and his wife is a speechwriter for President Obama. The band used a year-long PledgeMusic campaign to fund their latest album, Another Other, releasing today. That allowed the group the time and space to create the best music of their career as they labored long and hard to get things just as they wanted them on Another Other.
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