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by PopMatters Staff

12 Dec 2013


Through the Sparks might bill itself as Birmingham, Alabama’s answer to Big Star, but the veteran group’s archival track “Rome”—featured on the upcoming rarities collection Invisible Kids—offers up a more exuberant vibe to go with intuitive power-pop hooks. On “Rome”, premiering here on PopMatters, Through the Sparks conjures up a mighty indie-rock groove, something with the swagger of Spoon when Britt Daniel and co. are strutting their stuff. Invisible Kids is due for release on 21 January 2014 on Skybucket.

 

by Nigel Spudes

12 Dec 2013


“Everything’s Bigger”, from the Real Hair EP, due out February 11th on Carpark, wins by marrying these same two strengths. The song hooks with its twisting riffs, crisp rhythm section and versatile vocals, and keeps the listener coming back for more with guitarist/vocalist Sadie Dupuis’ smart, quotable writing.

by Nigel Spudes

11 Dec 2013


Now she returns with “Satellites”, from new album The Future’s Void, due out in Spring 2014 from Matador in the US/City Slang in the UK. More rigidly electronic than most of Past Life Martyred Saints, “Satellites” is every bit as emotionally present, and shows off Anderson’s strong, snarling vocals against the throb of her production. Raw, powerful and always engaging, EMA is every bit as strong here as she was when we left her two years ago.

by PopMatters Staff

6 Dec 2013


The aptly named party-music supergroup Superhuman Happiness returns with a video for the track “Second Heart” from its debut full-length Hands. Conceived and directed by Tatiana McCabe, the creative, captivating visuals, which combine stop-motion animation and green-screen video compositing, help to convey a rich, layered sound that’s both carefully composed and vibrantly natural. Superhuman Happiness is currently in the studio working on new music, and bandleader Stuart Bogie will be sitting in with the horn section on Arcade Fire’s 2014 tour.

by Joseph Fisher

6 Dec 2013


According to the band’s website, December 9, 2013 will see the release of the Deep Wound EP, which will be available for digital download.  Also—awesomely—a new Swervedriver full length is planned for release in 2014.

Watch below to see the band performing “Deep Wound” back in 2012, as well as a live cut of the Raise scorcher “Pile Up” from the band’s 2011 Australian tour.

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