Opening with the chime of mallets and a hazy wah-wah guitar, Matthew Connor’s “Smoke Signals” is an apt demonstration of the crooner’s old-fashioned proclivities. “Smoke Signals”, a cut off his forthcoming Farewell Motel LP, sounds like the kind of number one would hear at a noir-themed nightclub. The instrumentation is low-key and understated, leaving the Boston-based Connor to stand out on top of the mix with his unique vocal.
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Miss your 15-minute window to buy tickets to Kate Bush‘s reunion shows in London? Well, you and most of the world are not alone. There is, however, a fine antidote to the “I’m not willing to sell my soul for some concert tickets” blues, and it comes in the form of an electrifying cover version.
Displaying the haunting vagaries of Lars von Trier and the metaphysical slow-mo that Terrence Malick is so well known for, “Stare Into the Light and Dana”, the two-track music video by Montreal electronic musician Dear Frederic, is a seven-minute emotional whirlwind. The video, directed by the Quebec-based Natali Film, brings out the moodiness that underlies Dear Frederic’s music. Both “Stare Into the Light” and “Dana” can be found on Dear Frederic’s newest release, Outlast EP.
There’s an expansive quality to Northern Arms’ patient compositions, with the Philly group’s mid-tempo rock working as a foundation for layers of swaying horns and other lush orchestrated touches. In general, the scale and moods of their self-titled debut recall the National, but on the album’s most intriguing moments, Northern Arms imagine what the Afghan Whigs might’ve been like as a chamber-pop band. Premiering on PopMatters, Northern Arms is out 17 June via the BITBY Recording Co.
England has become a veritable hotbed for post-rock, with acts like Maybeshewill putting their own unique takes on what has become a much worn-out genre. The evocatively named Lanterns on the Lake are growing players in this impressive scene. In his PopMatters review of the band’s newest album, Until the Colours Run, John Bergstrom calls the music “deeper”, “richer”, and “better-crafted” than anything it has put out before.