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by PopMatters Staff

5 Nov 2013


Brit electro newcomers INK must not be suffering from the post-daylight savings doldrums, not if their bright, melodic single “Try What You Don’t Know” is any indication. Buoyed by a driving, enthusiastic pace and the coed vocals of Colin Mac and Miriam Massie, “Try What You Don’t Know”, which premieres on PopMatters, offers a refreshing departure from the dark, downbeat atmospherics shading the genre INK works in. Backed by a cover of Twin Shadow’s “5 Seconds” as its b-side, “Try What You Don’t Know” comes out on 11 November in the UK and 12 November in the U.S. via INK Music.

 

by PopMatters Staff

5 Nov 2013


Photos: Trish Badger

With a sound characterized by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist frontman David Stükenberg as Appalachian-Rock, Novella finds inspiration in early Fleetwood Mac’s eerie backwoods melodies and the distorted, almost-Pentecostal energy of a church service led by Rage Against the Machine. Novella‘s wildly lush narratives and darkly driven tunes immediately grab your attention and simply refuse to let go. This exciting new project was made possible by fans through a successful Kickstarter campaign.

by Cole Waterman

4 Nov 2013


Broken Bells, the collaborative project of Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer, have given fans the first taste of their upcoming sophomore LP. The duo released “Holding on for Life” as a stream on their official website today, where visitors can also pre-order the record it hails from, After the Disco, the following day.

by PopMatters Staff

1 Nov 2013

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Andrew Synowiez

Hopefully, you haven’t forgotten about Mount Moriah‘s Miracle Temple for those best-of-2013 lists you’re jotting down, but the North Carolina band gives you a gentle reminder of how great its February release is with the new video for the slow-burning ballad “Miracle Temple Holiness”. Earlier this year, PopMatters’ Matthew Fiander described Miracle Temple as “a lush, deeply layered, sunburst of a record”, a rich effort “that rises and falls on [Heather] McEntire’s rangy, sweet vocals and forms ridges and valleys in [guitarist Jenks] Miller’s impeccable knack for texture”. On “Miracle Temple Holiness”, Mount Moriah stretches things out a little more, moving at a molasses-like pace with a low-heat intensity that really draws out all the soulful depth out of Heather McEntire’s incomparably resonant voice.

by Cole Waterman

31 Oct 2013


Dum Dum Girls have christened Halloween by unveiling the specs on their forthcoming third LP, pairing the announcement with the video for the record’s lead single.

The 10-song record, Too True, is due out January 27, 2014, in Europe and January 28 in the U.S. on Sub Pop. It is the follow-up to quartet’s last full-length, 2011’s Only in Dreams, and their 2012 EP End of Daze. It is produced by previous Dum Dum Girls collaborators Richard Gottehrer and the Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner.

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Best of the Moving Pixels Podcast: Further Explorations of the Zero

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"We continue our discussion of the early episodes of Kentucky Route Zero by focusing on its third act.

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