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Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
Adria, one of the land down under's newest musical exports, offers up her moody first single "Pull Me Under" for streaming here at PopMatters.

Australian singer Adria’s vocals on her new single “Pull Me Under” combine the moodiness of Lorde with the echoey, spacey effects that Lana Del Rey has come to be so famous for. These sonic signposts are hardly surprising, given Adria’s bringing on of producers Matthew Wiggins (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, and Lorde, among others) and Viktor Balter-Lundin (Lykke Li) in the creation of “Pull Me Under”. However, Adria’s writing of the song came not out of the desire for the next Top 40 hit, but something more elemental. She cites her fascination with water as an inspiration for the track: “I’m attracted to its characteristics: strength, calmness, roughness, fluidity. It can be ruthless, yet it can also be still and quiet, which I like. It can take on so many different personalities which I think can be mirrored with human characteristics.”


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Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
Detroit duo TART releases the snarling and foaming single "Rabid Dogs" as a followup to its debut EP.

Right from the outset, TART’s “Rabid Dogs” snares you with its hooks of intrigue. Looped drum beats hit like the soundtrack from an ‘80s new wave dance club, albeit one laced with black lights and a purplish noir haze, as Adam Michael Lee Padden’s metallic guitar riffs start churning. When vocalist Zee Bricker belts out her ominous observations, the song suitably assumes the role of its title. Frothing and snarling like a deranged beast, the tune takes on skittery rhythms and handclap percussion before dropping out to sparse key notes. The guitars then get decidedly more melodic and dreamy near the midpoint before the aggressive fretwork flares back with an increased bedlam.


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Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
Soul singer Paul Kelly brings a whole bevy of talented singers to cover his tunes for his new album The Merri Soul Sessions. Powerhouse vocalist Clairy Brown gives a spirited rendition of "Keep On Coming Back for More".

Following a long and productive career, soul singer/songwriter Paul Kelly has taken to looking back on his musical legacy in the form of his new album The Merri Soul Sessions. Beginning as a series of 7” singles, the sessions find Kelly and a whole host of collaborators re-interpreting many of his well-established tunes. For the track “Keep On Coming Back For More”, Kelly brought vocalist Clairy Brown, who gives the song a palpable injection of vivacity.


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Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014
Quiet and understated but with a catchy trance-like chorus, “Blissed Out in the Land of Nod” slowly seeps into the sub-conscious.

The black and white video shows the song being created in the studio with the Normandy All Stars and producer Gaspard Murphy. It goes to show that what sounds simple is actually quite complicated.


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Monday, Nov 17, 2014
PopMatters has 17 new songs plus notes to add to your fall soundtrack.

Catch up with the piles of colorful new music to rake up and add to this fall’s soundtrack. Bands such as Motopony, Bear In Heaven and Foxygen offer songs from solid follow-ups, while music scene stalwarts TV on the Radio and Cold War Kids return to drop more tunes into a vast archive. Solo artists Sondre Lerche, Ariel Pink and Jenny Lewis also appear on the playlist along with Dan Boeckner’s new band Operators. It’s a harvest to behold, so listen and enjoy.


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